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 queries relating to any Cirencester indoor meeting contact Ken Cservenka at [email protected]. For other meetings contact Mervyn Greening on 01531 820166.

Date: 18/04/2020
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
CANCELLED - Betty Dawes Wood, Dymock
Betty Dawes Wood, Dymock, Dymock
Please note that this event has been CANCELLED.The nest-boxes in the wood have been monitored for many years, and the GNS News, December 2018 carries a report of the results and on the trial of...
Date: 23/04/2020
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
CANCELLED - Hornsleaslow Roughs
Hornsleaslow Roughs, Glos
Please note that this event has been CANCELLED.A general interest meeting to catch the spring flowers at this species-rich site. There is an abundance of meadow saxifrage, early purple orchids, and the Pasque flowers are...
Date: 29/04/2020
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
CANCELLED - Lancaut and Ban-y-Gor Woods
Lancaut Lane, Tidenham
Please note that this event has been CANCELLED.A spring visit to the Lower Wye Valley. Park and meet at the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust parking area beside Lancaut Lane at ST541966. We will walk down to...
Date: 30/04/2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
CANCELLED - Highnam Woods
Highnam Woods, Highnam
Please note that this event has been CANCELLED.Spring birds, insects, and plants. This RSPB reserve is known for its nightingale population, and in an attempt to improve the habitat a rewetting scheme was implemented (see...
Date: 05/05/2020
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Cam Peak
Cam Peak, Cam
If you’ve noticed a blue hill to the east as you drive down the M5 south of Stroud, that’s Cam Peak. Before the bracken canopy over-tops it, the hill is covered in bluebells, and having...
Date: 10/05/2020
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Flood Plain Meadow Survey 1
Carrant Brook, Tewkesbury., Tewkesbury
Meet beside the lane to Northway Mill, off the north side of the Northway to Bredon’s Hardwick Road SO919348. We will follow the course of the Carrant Brook along the northern boundary of  Gloucestershire. Bring...
Date: 12/05/2020
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Coombe Hill Reserve
Coombe Hill Reserve, Tewkesbury
A repeat of last year’s visit. This is an evening meeting based in the hide to watch the birds at their evening activities. Mike Smart provides a fascinating commentary. Meet in the car park SO...
Date: 17/05/2020
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Ashleworth Ham
Ashleworth Ham, Ashleworth
A general-interest meeting and one of several chances this year to visit the county’s wetlands habitats. The ringing records of the summer birds here go back to the mid 1990's.Park and meet at the bird-hide...
Date: 24/05/2020
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Flood Plain Meadow Survey 2
Walmore Common, Chaxhill
We hope to see water-violet Hottonia palustris at its only county site and other wetland species.Take the farm track from the A48 into Chaxhill House, 0.5 km west of the primary school and meet in...
Date: 27/05/2020
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Uley Bury
Uley Bury, Uley
A joint meeting with the Bristol Naturalists’ Society to look at the very species-rich open east-facing banks of this Cotswold hillfort. More than 200 plant species can be found over 300 m.Meet at the northern...
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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 [email protected]

Dean Fungus Group

The Dean Fungus Group http://www.deanfungusgroup.com/ runs forays throughout the year. Contact Keith or Valerie Davies for information on 01452 760278 or email email [email protected]

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, [email protected]
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, [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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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