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.
Time: 09:30 - 12:00
Cotswold Water Park
Lower Moor Nature Reserve, Oaksey
Lower Moor Nature Reserve, near Somerford Keynes. General interest spring migrants and water birds. Meet at the car park to the Visitor Centre (currently not open), SU 008 938. Leader Ken Cservenka. Please book through...
Time: 09:30 - 11:30
Hobbs Quarry Forest of Dean
Hobbs Quarry, Longhope Forest of Dean
Hobbs Quarry Forest of Dean. At the end of a small lane, SW of Dursley Cross, 7 miles W of Gloucester on the A40. A meeting to introduce members to this hidden reserve near May...
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Wenchford, Forest of Dean
Wenchford, Forest of Dean, Wenchford
A general interest meeting based around the invetebrates in the stream and the dipper population which has been monitored for several years. Meet and park at Blackpool Bridge, SO 652 087. Leader Mervyn Greening. Please...
Time: 09:30 - 12:00
Cotswolds Beechwoods and Commons NNR, Cranham
A general interest walk through part of the Cotswolds Beechwoods and Commons NNR. Park in the car park to the west of Cranham village, SO 893 131. Leader Rob Curtis. Please book through Des Marshall...
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
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.