Bristol Naturalists’ Society and the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Emergency Update: 5th Sept 2020


Dear Member,

Following the Government’s relaxation of lockdown, we are now able to offer our members a small taste of normality.

As a consequence, the following will apply:

➤ The Society’s Library will be opening soon.  Booking is essential to preserve social distancing.  Contact the Librarian via for instructions.

➤ Some field meetings are being offered but on a limited basis to comply with Government guidelines, e.g., only six members can be present; see the Bulletin for details of each meeting.

➤ Improvements to the Society Website are being actively pursued and implemented so, in time, details of field meetings and talks will also be available on the Website.

➤ The venue for our Winter Lecture Programme is not fully open and therefore we are planning to deliver our Talks via a video link in order to keep members safe.  Members must also register their interest for any particular talk that they wish to attend and we will send you the necessary instructions.

If you are not able to attend field meetings, 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 any 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.

Lesley Cox (BNS Hon. Sec.)

Velvet Bottom

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Leader: Giles Morris (07712 398903)

This is a morning only meeting. We will walk around the old mine workings in Velvet Bottom and also visit nearby Nether Wood. The area is fairly reliable for Redstart and we would hope to see and hear a good selection of warblers amongst other woodland and farmland species. The area is also good for wild flowers. There are no steep climbs, but the path is rocky and uneven in places and may well be muddy. We should finish by about noon.

Meet at the parking area down the lane behind the Charterhouse Activity Centre (please don’t use their car park). Drive up through Burrington Coombe and turn right off the B3134 at Paywell Farm down the road signed Priddy and Charterhouse. After 0.8 mile you will reach a crossroads just before the Activity Centre, turn left and follow the lane down to the car park by the mine workings (ST505557 or BS40 7XR).

Please inform the leader if you intend to join us.

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