Upcoming events

G.N.S holds many events throughout the year. Unless specified, all events are free for members.

Field meetings, unless stated below, will last about two hours and will be of general interest, including birds, botany, geology… whatever turns up! Stout footwear essential, and remember your hand-lens and binoculars. Post codes are sometimes provided to help satnav users get roughly to the right location, but please bear in mind that for rural locations these will only be approximate and you will still need to find the exact location from the grid reference.

Advice and Guidance for Field Meetings.
Health and Safety is of paramount importance. This document is essential reading and includes notes for organisers, notes for participants, and emergency contact numbers: Health and Safety for GNS Field Meetings (PDF).

For queries relating to field meetings please contact Des Marshall on 01242 245143. For other meetings contact Mervyn Greening on 01531 820166.

Date/TimeEvent
Spring woodland flora around Westridge Wood Date: 21/04/2024
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Spring woodland flora around Westridge Wood
Westridge Wood,
Leader Janet McDouall Meet at 11.00am. Parking on roadside at ST758943 or nearby. The walk will start from the path by the ‘junk yard’.  Hopefully we will see the tail end of the early spring...
Snowshill Geomorphology Date: 28/04/2024
Time: 09:45 - 11:45
Snowshill Geomorphology
Snowshill NT carpark, GR 097342
Leader: Pete Jeans This walk will show the following features of the landscape:- Solifluction (‘downhill sludging’) 1 Stream meanders 2 Locating the contact between Inferior Oolite Lst and Liassic mudstones 3 Spring line Landslip (possible)...
Spring ephemerals and other interesting plants around Cheltenham Date: 12/05/2024
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Spring ephemerals and other interesting plants around Cheltenham
Cheltenham Railway Station, Cheltenham
Leader Steve Little Meet 11.00 in front of Cheltenham Railway Station at SO932221 A spring walk in the city for spring ephemerals and other interesting plants. Bring food and drinks.  The meeting will be finished...
Coombe Hill Date: 21/05/2024
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Coombe Hill
Coombe Hill Reserve, Tewkesbury
An evening walk with Mike Smart at Coombe Hill 7pm to 9pm so that it will be getting dusk and we will be able to see the birds coming in to roost. Given the size...
AM workshop and PM walk on the Beacon Date: 09/06/2024
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
AM workshop and PM walk on the Beacon
TBA,
Leader Tim Rich Excitingly this meeting will include being shown the newly described, by Tim, endemic species of Gloucestershire Hieracium elizabethae-reginae.  It is hoped that the forthcoming TGN Hieracium issue will have been published by...
Painswick Beacon Date: 15/06/2024
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Painswick Beacon
Painswick Cemetery, Painswick Stroud
Leaders Clare and Mark Kitchen Meet on the north side of the cemetery in small car park SO869110 A walk on the hill replicating the previous weeks field trip for those who were not able...
Tewkesbury Nature Reserve Date: 17/06/2024
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Tewkesbury Nature Reserve
Tewkesbury Nature Reserve, with Giles Alder. It would be a general walk – we could look at dragonflies, birds and hay meadow/wetland flora. 1.5 to 2 hours would be sufficient. Distance approx. 1.5miles. Terrain level,...
Rough Bank ( Butterflies and Orchids) Date: 30/06/2024
Time: 11:30 - 14:30
Rough Bank ( Butterflies and Orchids)
Rough Bank,
Rough Bank ( Butterflies and Orchids) with Graeme Davis. It is not a huge reserve but it takes maybe 10 mins to walk from the main car park to the reserve,and of course the warmer...
Boundary Court and environs Date: 13/07/2024
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Boundary Court and environs
Boundary Court Farm, Stroud
Leader David Armstrong Meet at 11.00  at Boundary Court farm buildings (large modern barn) at the SE end of Selsley Common. Parking available. Grid Ref SO 826024. What3Words move.allergy.bonfires A ramble with the National Trust...
Black Ditch, Minchinhampton Common Date: 04/08/2024
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Black Ditch, Minchinhampton Common
Minchinhampton Common Reservoir, Stroud
Leaders: Clare and Mark Kitchen Meet at 11:00 at the covered reservoir on the top of the common Grid Ref. SO855012. Black Ditch has a series of springs on the edge of the common which...
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Additional events

In addition to the upcoming events listed above, members may like to know of the following field meetings.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Events and surveys across the county. Contact David Dewsbury for details. Phone 01594 832068, mobile 07786 543961, email david.dewsbury@btinternet.com

Dean Fungus Group

The Dean Fungus Group http://www.deanfungusgroup.com/ runs forays throughout the year. Contact John Holden for information on 01594 369445 or email myxomage@icloud.com

GNS Lichen Group

The Lichen Group meets once a month during the warmer months. New people, including beginners, always welcome. Lichen meetings begin at 11am and generally go on until about 4pm, though you are encouraged to stay for just as long as you wish. All you need is a x10 hand lens, and a picnic if you intend staying after lunch. To join the mailing list, email Juliet Bailey, glos.lichens@gmail.com
Maps and illustrations of Gloucestershire lichens are online at http://gloslichens.potsherd.net

Gloucestershire Invertebrate Group

The GIG has field meetings mainly at weekends from April to October. GNS members are welcome to come along and see what they do. Contact David Iliff, 01242 674398, davidiliff@talk21.com for further advice. Look out for Invertebrate meetings during National Insect Week.

Gloucestershire Botanical Group

Contact Mark and Clare Kitchen for information. Phone 01453 810958, mobile on the day 07783 448203, email clareandmarkplants@yahoo.co.uk

All meetings are for botanical recording and will not have had a visit beforehand so the excitement of what we find is for all participants. We will identify as many plants as possible so suitable for learners and more experienced botanists. As well as the plants we are searching for we will record all we see.

Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group

The Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group meets monthly from October to April; see the British Bryological Society website for details.

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