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Stinchcombe Hill

12 August @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Leader: Sheila La Porta

Skylark (Alauda arvensis) by Neil Smith

Skylark (Alauda arvensis) by Neil Smith

We meet at public car park near Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club, map location ST7444984 -GL11 6AQ at 9.30am. Our leader will take us on a 2.5 hour birdwatching walk around the hill arriving back at the car park for lunch. We may be able to book the Golf Club for lunch.

After lunch if members wish we can have a look around Breakheart Quarry looking for birds and butterflies.

Stinchcombe Hill is an exceptional Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty noted for superb views from the Cotswold Way above steep slopes in all directions and supporting a wide biodiversity of flora and wildlife. Large areas of the summit and hillsides include three sites of S.S.S.I.’s which support important areas of Unimproved Cotswold Limestone Grassland (U.C.L.G.). A recent survey at the listed archaeological site on the Drakestone promontory has revealed many ancient features.

Relics of a long military history can be found nearby. This is a high open area ideal for Skylark, Buzzards, Thrushes including Mistle Thrush, Finches, Woodpeckers and many more. Uncut grassland is good for wildflowers and butterflies.

We will be walking along some footpaths and tracks which are part of the Cotswold Way, It is reasonable walking but could have a few muddy patches if we have had a wet spell.

There are great views over the Severn Vale from Viewpoints.

Directions – At the mini roundabout on entering Dursley Town Centre from the Community centre and Gloucester direction turn right into May lane.  Continue on this road past the bus stop and Old Spot pub to the top of the hill.

Turn right and the Golf Club is on your right


12 August
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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