Sunday’s field meeting at Upham Meadow to go ahead

The GNS Field Meeting, at Upham Meadow on the Avon near Twyning, planned on Sunday 24 February is to go ahead (unlike the January meeting at Lower Lode, which had to be cancelled because of flooding).  The flooding along the Avon has subsided, so that the meadow is accessible, though still very wet underfoot,

so wellingtons or waterproof footwear are essential.

To get there from Twyning (beyond Tewkesbury, in the extreme north of the county), take the left turning on the green just past the school towards Strensham, then turn down the second right turn, along the road to the Cotswold Grange Country Park at SO 908371.  The leader will be waiting by the turning to the Park from 9.45 a.m.  Park by the chicken sheds just past Sandacre Farm.  A couple of hours walk around the meadows and along the Avon over the river from Bredon.

This is one of the largest meadows in England, of great botanical, ornithological interest, and a fascinating survival of old farming techniques.  The visit is at an unusual time, right at the beginning of the spring, to give guidance for later visits at prime bird and flower time.

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