British Naturalists’ Association – local programme, 2024.

BRITISH NATURALISTS’

ASSOCIATION

TAW AND EXMOOR BRANCH

Local Secretary

Brian Sims

9 Old Torrington Road

Barnstaple

North Devon

EX31 2DD

Tel: (01271) 343607

PROGRAMME TO JANUARY, 2025.

PLEASE NOTE – PARTICIPATION AT ALL EVENTS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Sunday March 17th

By popular request a walk through an Atlantic Oak Woodland for lichens, mosses etc., with Eirene Williams. Meet at the CP* at 10.15 am or if going direct then at 11.00 am at the Lee Bay car park (Map Ref SS 480 465). Wet in places but fairly easy walking. Pub lunch afterwards.

Sunday April 14th

A circular Spring walk down through Brownsham Woods to the coast for birds, flowers and early butterflies. Meet at CP* at 9.30 am or if going direct at 10.15 am in the Brownsham car park (Map Ref SS 288 260).Bring a packed lunch and sturdy footwear. Possible cream tea afterwards.

Sunday May 19th

A walk around Emsworthy Mire for bluebells and Summer migrants including the cuckoo (hopefully). Meet at the CP* at 9.00am or if going direct then at 10.45 am at the car park at Emsworthy (Map Ref SX 748 763)

If time then a visit to Bovey Heathfield nature reserve (Map Ref SX 825 765) for a different selection of wildlife. Followed by a cream tea. Bring suitable footwear and a packed lunch..

Sunday June 2nd

A walk around the DWT reserve at Volehouse (Map Ref SS 347 165 ) for flowers and marsh fritillary butterflies. Meet at the Pill car park in Bideford at 9.30 am as limited parking on site. In the afternoon we have been invited to view the wild flower meadow belonging to the Tudor House known as Cory Manor House. The owners are happy to offer us a cream tea, Appropriate footwear and bring a packed lunch.

June 10th-14th

BNA trip to Dorset. Book in at the Kingston Country Courtyard Tel : 01929 481066. Details on visits to Arne, Brownsea Island etc. to follow.

Sunday July 14hh

A circular walk at Hartland Point. Meet at the Pill car park, Bideford at 10.00 am or 10.45 am if going direct at the Hartland Point car park (Map Ref SS 235 276) . Possible car park charge. Bring a packed lunch and sturdy footwear. There is a cafe in the car park.

Sunday August 11th

A walk out to Baggy Point for birds, flowers, butterflies and possibly seals. Meet at CP* at 9.30 am or if going direct then in the Baggy Point car park (Map Ref SS 432 397) (Post code EX33 1PA).at 10.15 am Car park charge. Bring a packed lunch and sturdy footwear. Possible cream tea.

Sunday September 8th

Another popular request, this time a walk around Torrington Common for butterflies, flowers and trees. Meet at CP* at 10.00am or in the Torrington Common lower car park at 10.30am. Steep in places. Sturdy footwear and a packed lunch. This may be the last cream tea of the year.

Sunday October 13th

A Fungus foray led by our own John Willatts. Meet at the Devon Birds Reserve at Godborough (Map Ref SS 475 273) at 11.00 am. Steep in places, so sturdy footwear. Bring a packed lunch.

Saturday November 9th

Annual General Meal, at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, Westward Ho!.6.30 pm for 7.00 pm. After the meal there will be entertainment before the serious part of the evening when you decide what outings you would like for your branch in the forthcoming year.

Sunday December 15th

Birdwatching Bonanza. Meet at the CP* at 9.00 am to go to Topsham. If going direct be there at Dart’s Farm at 10.15 am (Post code EX3 0QH) visiting Dart’s Farm, Goosemoor, the RSPB Reserve at Bowling Green Marsh, the River Clyst, the Goat Walk and possibly Exminster Marshes and Powderham. Packed lunch, hot drinks, warm clothes. Level walking,

Sunday January 12th 2025

A trip to the RSPB Reserve at Ham Wall on the Somerset Levels hopefully to see bittern, kingfisher and a starling murmuration. Meet at the CP* at 9.00am or if going direct then at 10.45 am in the Ham Wall car park (Post Code BA6 9SX) where there are toilets and a small shop/cafe. Bring warm clothing, hot drink and a packed lunch. Very level walking.

CP* This is the former Park and Ride car park in Barnstaple alongside Park School..This enables us to amalgamate into fewer vehicles and save money and help protect the environment At the time of going to print it was free.

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