Bristol Naturalists’ Society and the Coronavirus Covid-19 Emergency, 25 March 2020.


Dear member,

In the current national emergency BNS Council has considered what is best for the Society and for its members.

As a consequence the following steps have been taken:

  • the Society’s Library has been closed since early March
  • all Society meetings have now been cancelled at least until the end of June, with the possibility of a further extension
  • the monthly Bulletin will continue, if at all possible, but in place of the information about meetings it will carry notes and observations by members on wildlife and geology
  • the publication and distribution of the annual publication Nature in Avon for 2019 may possibly be delayed to later in the year
  • improvements to the Society website are being actively pursued and implemented and greater use will be made of social media outlets (e.g., the Society’s Facebook group and Twitter feed) to provide information on local wildlife and geology
  • planning for a programme of indoor and field meetings for the autumn and winter will continue in anticipation of an improved national outlook.

We wish all our members well in the coming months and hope you will be able to enjoy the natural world from wherever you are located despite the restrictions now in place.  Fortunately, geology and nature are always around us and taking an interest in them is both rewarding and therapeutic.

Please abide by all the government advice to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as we are able to return to our usual extensive programme of walks and talks.

Ray Barnett

Chairman, BNS

Somerset Levels

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Leader: Giles Morris Tel: 07712 398903

Meet at 10am in the RSPB Ham Wall Reserve car park at Ashcott Corner (ST 449397, BA6 9SX). From the middle of Meare Village on the B3151 Wedmore to Glastonbury road, take the minor road south, now with a brown signposted to RSPB Ham Wall. After approx. one mile the car park is situated on the left just after the Railway Inn and the drain bridge. NB – not the Shapwick car park, which is on the other side of the road. Level walking, but may be muddy in places. Parking charges: RSPB members are exempt at the Ham Wall car park (place membership card in the windscreen). Remember to remove all valuables from parked cars.

The Avalon Reserves should be full of wintering ducks, herons/egrets and waders, this makes raptors likely and then there are the wintering passerines – siskins, redpolls and thrushes. There’s always a chance of bitterns and bearded tits, so lots to hope for. We shall start at Ham Wall, but may move on to Shapwick, Catcott or Greylake. Those who want to can continue into the afternoon and even stay for the starling murmuration.

Please inform the leader if you are intending to join the walk.

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