Natural HistoryMeetings: 4th Wednesday of each Month Group Leader: HilaryTelephone: 241360
The Natural History group includes bird watching, but titled thus gives us a wider scope.We are planning various visits to local wildlife hotspots over the next few months.
Natural History Group Update ~ June & July 2019Once again, chalk and cheese for the weather for these two months!John took us out again at the end of June, to Shapwick Heath, in damp and drizzly conditions; annoyingly, the weather cleared up just as we got back to base. The hope was to see a White Admiral butterfly, but no luck, although we did see caterpillars of other species on nettles so knew some were around. We plodded through the woodland, past the site of the Sweet Track, amazing technology for the time. John pointed out various unusual plants. Then we came to a meadow, where there were many tiny baby frogs, not even as big as your thumbnail, of which we hoped some would survive to maturity.We finished up at a hide overlooking a large lake, which was covered in water lilies, which would have been quite spectacular if the sun had been out and them in bloom. At least one pair of grebes had used the vegetation to create a nest platform. We also saw a Marsh Harrier and other water birds.We finished up with lunch at the Knowle Inn, Bawdrip.Our July trip was to Graham’s childhood home, Holford, and this time we had fine weather, especially after the thunderstorm and torrential rain the night before. We had lovely views along the coast and across the Bristol Channel to Wales. There was a choice of walks so we all split up and did our own thing, according to our capabilities.Graham and Shirley had told us of various points of interest beforehand, like the dog pound, where a keeper had got torn to pieces by the hounds one night as they apparently didn’t recognise him! Several of our group had known the area for years and were able to point out other historic places, many also with a gruesome nature; sadly, it wasn’t the right time of year to see red deer, too early.We had a very tasty lunch at the Plough Inn, where the owners had gone to a lot of trouble to accommodate us.Our next foray is at the end of September, a boat trip from Exmouth along the Jurassic Coast.If you are interested in finding out more about us, please ring me on 01278 241360. If I’m not around, please leave a message and I will endeavour to get back to you.Hilary