Carol and James led a group of 9 walkers to Ham Wall RSPB reserve, near Glastonbury, to see the Starling murmurations.
After a sunny and cool afternoon, the temperatures dropped sharply after the sun went down and warm clothing and woolly hats were the order of the day.
The reserve was popular, with many visitors armed with cameras and binoculars, and they were not disappointed as tens of thousands of Starlings swept in from all points of the compass and put on a spectacular show.
The group repaired back to the Crab Apple in Clevedon for a meal and drinks and discussion of the events of the day.
Report and Photos by Jeff Eastmond.
Lower Failand - 24 January
After last minute changes to scheduled walk eleven of us turned up for a replacement walk around Lower Failand. Turned out to be quite an adventure. We met several interesting people on our way. Paul Amos, at his organic farm, (Lower Failand Organic Farm who sell produce at Farmers Market in Clevedon) chatted for quite a while about his beautiful beasts. Then further on we learnt all about treasure hunting from some enthusiasts, apparently they find quite a lot of Roman coins in the area.
Just under 5 miles, although we did ‘deviate’ slightly from route show on map. It took us through some muddy fields, woods, paths and lanes. The views over Portishead and Avonmouth were excellent even though it was overcast. We rounded everything off with an excellent meal at The Failand Inn.
Report by Philip Humphries
Photos by Philip Humphries and Jeff Eastmond
Backwell - 6 February
10 of us left Strode Car Park making our way to Backwell. We parked in the car park at Backwell Football Club for Our walk of about 4.35 miles.
On leaving the car park by the football pitches and out around some lanes to the Main road crossing and continuing up some more lanes to fields where the new water pipe was laid. Making our way over to Backwell tip. Crossing the busy road nearly to Backwell Church. We then took some tracks up to Badgers Wood taking the steep path by the side of the quarry. A slow pace was needed, eventually getting to the top with good views overlooking the quarry, while having coffee.
We made our way over to the Jubilee stone and then through the new gate into the field stopping to take in the view. On reaching the far end of the field we had to make a hasty retreat to the bottom of the field because we were being chased by a muck spreader! Coming out of the field making our way down the track to the church, in and around the church and more fields back to the main road. Then back to the cars for a pub lunch at the Jubilee inn at Flax Bourton.