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.

Bourton-on-the-Water Date: 09/12/2023
Time: 09:30 - 11:30
Greystones Farm GWT Reserve and Bourton Pits, Bourton-on-the-water
Meet at the layby at Rissington Bridge (SP 180 197, What3Words: impeached.mission.packets) or park on Rissington Road itself. Windrush Valley wetland and old gravel pits with winter wildfowl. Generally flat, though one hill if time...
Ashleworth Ham Date: 13/12/2023
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Ashleworth Ham
Ashleworth Ham, Ashleworth
Visit to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve on the east bank of the Severn; main focus on birds, wintering waterbirds and passerines which should by mid-December be well-established, but also general characteristics of floodplain wetlands;...
The Annual GNS Photographic Competition Date: 20/12/2023
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
The Annual GNS Photographic Competition
Wednesday 20th December – The Annual GNS Photographic Competition Photographs entered by members will be viewed and judged at this meeting: We have received some 200 entries, the best in each category will be shown and...
New Year Plant Hunt in Nailsworth Date: 01/01/2024
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
New Year Plant Hunt in Nailsworth
Nailsworth, Nailsworth Gloucestershire
Meet 11.00am at ST847994 Newmarket Road Car Park Leaders Clare and Mark Kitchen and Olga Krylova Contact 07840468856 (Clare) This is the thirteenth New Year Plant Hunt run by the BSBI which runs from 30th...
Forest of Dean Beaver reserve Date: 16/01/2024
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Forest of Dean Beaver reserve
Greathough Brook, Pludds Road
There is plenty of parking as we will drive into the forest and park alongside the beaver fence but meet at the metal barrier which leads into the forest at the location shown on the...
Bryological Walk, Chedworth woods Date: 22/02/2024
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Bryological Walk, Chedworth woods
Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham Gloucestershire
Bryological Walk Chedworth woods with Claire Halpin and Peter Martin, February 22nd meet 10am. Thursday 22 February 2024, Chedworth, 10am - 2pm. We will visit woodland and disused railway line to look at Mosses and...
Conifer Identification at Speech House Arboretum Date: 25/02/2024
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Conifer Identification at Speech House Arboretum
Speech House Arboretum, Coleford Forest of Dean
Leaders Clare and Mark Kitchen Meet 11.00 at SO624121 by the northern gate into the arboretum. There is a small car park near the gate and a bigger one across the road so please allow...
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GNS hosts talks, events and field meetings throughout the year. These are always free for members. Future events will appear here as they are scheduled.

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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