The section welcomes participation in all our events from any members with an interest in birds, whether expert or beginner. Hopefully less experienced birders will find that joining our field meetings is a good way to learn from those who have been active in the field for rather longer. The confidence gained might encourage you to contribute to one of the many surveys.

Siskin & Goldfinch

We run field meetings to sites of ornithological interest, mostly local to the Bristol area, during every month of the year except August.
Portbury walk
Indoor meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from October to March inclusive. They will usually take place at Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church (BS9 3AA) and start at 7.30pm.

The section is involved in both local and national surveys. Nationally we participate in the ongoing BTO surveys including the Breeding Bird Survey, the Winter Farmland Bird Survey, the annual Heron count, annual wader counts, Garden Birdwatch and the Nest Record Card scheme.

Below you will find a list of BBS squares that need surveyors (for 2018). Do contact Dave Stoddard, whose details are below if you can help. Training and helpful advice is provided to prospective surveyors.

Locally we are involved in an annual count of Avon Rookeries, we monitor overwintering Blackcaps, we do a Winter Garden Survey which has now run for twenty five years, and we do Winter Bird Counts as well as helping with the Peregrine Watch on the Downs in the summer

President: Giles Morris
Contact details: 01275 373917
Secretary: Lesley Cox
Contact details: 07786 437528





ST5665 – Elton Farm (S of Dundry) (BA/NS border) *

ST6760 – Farmborough Common

ST6954 – E Radstock *

ST6967 – West of Kelston *

ST7055 – Lower Writhlington (E of Radstock) *

ST7160 – Farmland N of Dunkerton *


City of Bristol

ST6069 – Hengrove

ST6268 – Stockwood*


North Somerset

ST3861 – Silver Moor Lane, N of Banwell *

ST3957 – Lox-Yeo River, S of Banwell *

ST4257 – Sidcot *

ST4364 – Congresbury Moor

ST4367 – Kenn Moor *

ST4668 – Chelvey (S of Nailsea) *

ST5173 – Lower Failand *


Somerset (but in Avon BTO region)

ST3854 – S of Crook Peak

ST4456 –  S of Shipham *

ST5454 – Lamb Bottom

ST5650 – Tower Hill (E of Priddy (Mendip)) *

ST6050 – SW of Emborough (W of Old Down)*

ST6054 – Farmland E of Litton

ST6154 – NW of Ston Easton *

ST6250 – N of Gurney Slade

ST6251 – Old Down (Mendip)

ST6750 – N of Holcombe (E of Stratton on the Fosse)*

ST6850 – Lipyeate

ST7050 – Wincanton Racecourse *

ST7452 – Hardington & surrounding farmland

ST7853 – W of Woolverton (nr Rode but W of A36)*


Contact : Dave Stoddard


tel 0117 9246968

23 Claremont Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8JD.                  * Not previously surveyed