Welcome to Minehead and District U3A’s Birdwatching Group pages
The important bit!
The Birdwatching Group generally meets monthly on the third Friday of each month from 10 am until 1 pm. However, dates, venues and times may vary – check our provisional programme and please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.
Our group is led by Kay Bullen, and she may be contacted at 01643 706125, or by email at email@example.com.
**Restarting** Kay is hoping to have a restart meeting in July. Watch for News.
About our group
We are a mixed group with many different levels of bird identification skills so whatever your experience you will be welcomed. Our aims are to enjoy our hobby and share our knowledge in a quiet and relaxed environment.
Charges: As a member of the U3A there is not usually any fee for the meetings, unless we have a special guide joining us, but that would be mentioned in a pre-outing e-mail. In some places there may be a car park charge, e.g. at Ham Wall RSPB reserve; plus we usually suggest £5 each towards the driver’s petrol if you accept a lift.
You will need: Members should bring their own binoculars and if possible a small pocket guide to bird identification, they are also encouraged to bring telescopes, if they have them, on some of the outings.
Follow-up: A list of birds seen and heard is circulated after the meeting.
We usually meet on the 3rd Friday of each month, but venues vary and could be anything from 15 – 90 minutes’ drive away by car. We aim to get to the start point at around 10.00am, but this may vary depending on tide times, or perhaps, as when looking for nightjars or starling murmurations, these would be later in the day. A certain level of fitness is required to reach hides in the winter, or in the summer, for a general walk. The pace is usually a slow amble, or a quicker walk if there is something really exciting up ahead!! Outings last around 2 hours, depending on sightings. If sightings and weather are good there is often an option of an ‘add on’, either nearby or on the way back.
If our timings are not convenient, you might consider starting a second group on a different day but piggyback on our programme by following us a few days later. Or click here for a list of nearby birding sites and what they might offer.
If you are interested in joining the group, please get in touch with Kay Bullen, the convenor
COVID – UPDATE 2021
During June we will continue with keeping notes of what we have seen in our gardens and on any visits we have made nearby, keeping our fingers crossed for more freedom in the near future.
I hope, if all goes well, to resume the Bird Watching Group’s outings in July. This is planned for the evening of Friday 16th July and will be to listen for and hopefully to see Nightjars up on North Hill, Minehead – although no guarantees.
This will be very much weather dependent, however if the weather is not good I will try the following week and perhaps even a few of the evenings before 16th July – this will depend on how good the recces are. I don’t mind a few trips up there if there are those who want to come along, although I will need lifts to get there myself. I will be sending an e-mail to all group members nearer the date. However, even if you are not a member of the Bird Watching Group you are welcome to join us, just e-mail me and I will add you to the mailing list for that event. Happy Days are Near Again – Kay Bullen