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Ways to be involved with your local group to help raise funds for Avon Wildlife Trust

We can provide bird food to our local members with profits going to the wonderful work of Avon Wildlife Trust. 
Check out our price list page 
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Keynsham Wildlife Report 2020, a comprehensive record of the natural world in our local area compiled by local naturalist John Aldridge, is available at a very reasonable price of £1.50.

Please get in touch if you would like your sightings to be included.
We also welcome photos and videos of your wildlife sightings.

If you have any other fund raising ideas, we'd love to hear them.

For all the above please get in touch though e-mail: 

keynshamawt@gmail.com 
Somewhere and Back Again
 
This walking guide encompasses some excellent walks around our local area. written by Joanna Taylor, who some members may remember giving us a talk about her walk from John O'Groats to Lands End some years ago. 
The cost is £10 and for every book sold through us, and a donation of £2 to Avon Wildlife Trust will be made from the proceeds.  
Jo grew up in Shropshire but moved to Keynsham in 2010 where she now lives on a boat on the River Avon. She is a keen long-distance walker, but is also fond of short rambles and these walks are some of her favourite jaunts - the book took shape as a lockdown project. 
The book is illustrated by Stewart Paton, also local, living on a boat on the Avon. He is a talented tattooist, artist and illustrator.   
Obtain your copy by e-mailing us keynshamawt@gmail.com. Free delivery is available throughout the Keynsham area. Payment by cash or card possible. 
You can also purchase it on Etsy for the same price HERE, but will incur a delivery charge of £2. Just mention you have seen the book through Keynsham Group Avon Wildlife Trust and we will still receive the donation of £2. 

A review on Etsy: "A lovely, beautifully presented book. Very good quality and value for money. Looking forward to using it on future walks."
 
Recordings to our talks program on Zoom are now available for general viewing. If you missed a talk and want to watch the recording, then you will find the report of that talk in the list below and the video can be found at the bottom of the article. 
The original talks on Zoom required a donation with all profits made donated to Avon Wildlife Trust. So we are always happy to receive a donation for watching these recordings. If you would like to make a donation please e-mail us.
Sunday 1st May 2022: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published with Hedgehog Awareness Week, Get Wild About Swallows Swifts and Martins, plus City Nature Challenge, No Mow May, exciting news of the Poole Harbour Osprey Project, reviews of the month and more. 
Report: The Coastal Plants of Somerset Talk, April 2022 - check it out HERE

Our final online talk of the season this April welcomed botanist Dr Helena Crouch. Helena is  Vice-County Recorder for the north part of Somerset on behalf the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland and an active member of Somerset Rare Plants Group. During “The Coastal Plants of Somerset” she discussed the plants she studies on the Somerset Coast between the estuaries of the Rivers Avon and Parrot. Some of these have amazingly made their way inland to places like Bath and Keynsham, especially in the vicinity of salt storage facilities where conditions mimic those at the coast.

Friday 1st April 2022: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published with details of our next online meeting "The Coastal Plants of Somerset", plus City Nature Challenge, Peat Free April, reviews of the month and more. 
Report: Orchard - A Year in England's Eden Talk, March 2022 - check it out HERE

A secret ancient orchard in the heart of Herefordshire, was the subject of a long term study to understand the true value of this habitat for native wildlife by our March speaker, BBC natural history producer Nick Gates and fellow naturalist Ben MacDonald. “Orchard, a year in England’s Eden” is the title of the award winning book they have written about their work.

Tuesday 1st March 2022: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published with details of our next online meeting "Orchard - a year in England's Eden", plus the Great British Spring Clean and review of the Poole Harbour Osprey project talk. 
Report: The Poole Harbour Osprey Project Talk February 2022 - check it out HERE

In February we enjoyed another outstanding Zoom presentation in February as 58 screens shared an enthusiastic and inspiring talk on Ospreys, given by Liv Cooper, who works for the Birds of Poole Harbour charity, and is the projects coordinator of the Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation Project (PHOTP).
Ospreys are migratory raptors, arriving in the UK in March or April, breeding over the summer, then flying south from August to October to overwinter. Some travel as far as the Gambia or Senegal, others to SW Europe. Younger birds fly south, but often delay returning for 2 or 3 years until when they are sexually mature. Poole harbour is an excellent stopover location for these migrating birds.

Tuesday 1st February 2022: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published with details of our next online meeting "The Poole Harbour Osprey Project", plus the new look logo, Nest Box week, BLOG and reviews.
Report: The Glimmering World of Glow-worms Talk January 2022 - check it out HERE
In January a large audience listened in to an inspiring talk on glow-worms by Peter Cooper, an ecologist with the Derek Gow consultancy and an active member of the glow-worm project. So what is a glow-worm? Well, the Glow-worm is not actually a worm, but a medium-sized, narrow beetle. The only such species of beetle in the UK is Lampyris noctiluca.
Report: Starling Murmuration Field Trip at RSPB Ham Wall, January 2022 - check it out HERE
A full group of members joined Dave Sage and Liz Wintle on the Somerset Levels in January, to see a sight we had been attempting to enjoy for 3 years! 
We met up with Lucy Starling and Terry Doman from Bath Naturalists Society, who were both very knowledgeable about the many birds we saw throughout the afternoon.
Saturday 1st January 2022: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published with details of our next online meeting "The Glimmering World of Glow-worms", plus ways to look after wildlife this winter and the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
Report: Bringing Beavers back to Britain Talk November 2021 - check it out HERE
What am I? I am a large, semi-aquatic rodent. I have a stout body with a large head, long chisel-like incisors, hand-like front feet, webbed back feet and a flat, scaly tail. I can be found in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. I am herbivorous, consuming tree bark, aquatic plants, grasses and sedges. Once common in the UK, I was hunted to extinction for my fur and meat. Thankfully, I am making a comeback following some successful re-introductions all over the UK.
Thursday 2nd December 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published with details of our next meeting "A Christmas Cracker" when we will be back in person at Keynsham Baptist Church, plus the latest Keynsham Wildlife report, and topping up your bird food for winter.
Report: Saving Land, Saving Species Talk November 2021 - check it out HERE
Many of us are concerned about our carbon footprint, especially after flying abroad. Something definitely worth considering is making a financial donation to the World Land Trust. Our group were fortunate to hear all about the charity from the inspiring Charlotte Beckham (no relation to David!), who has spent most of her adult life working for them.
Monday 1st November 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published - how our two talks this month are relevant to COP26 and what else we can do to help nature recover.
Report: My World of Bats Talk October 2021 - check it out HERE
Our first Zoom talk of the 2021-22 season was given by Daniel Hargreaves, local bat enthusiast, expert and conservation champion. Daniel’s catchphrase is that he is “batty about bats”, and his CV is extraordinary, especially considering all his work is voluntary & unpaid.
Report: Pond & River Dipping September 2021 - check it out HERE
The last weekend of September had a watery theme for Keynsham’s Avon Wildlife Trust group. On Saturday afternoon, over 20 under-7s and their parents enjoyed pond dipping at Wellsway school, benefiting from the recently-installed dipping platforms. The following afternoon, river dipping took place again in the River Chew below Dapp’s Hill bridge, this time with over 7-year olds and parents.
Friday 1st October 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest newsletter has just been published 
Details of our next 3 talks including next Friday 8th, "My World of Bats", our wildlife quiz for Keynsham kids - win a wildlife home for the garden, taking part in "Seed Gathering Season" and much more.
Wednesday 1st September 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest September e-news is now out - including our new talks program, Keynsham Ecofestival this month, 30Ks Wilder Avon Wildlife Trust campaign and Blog/reviews of the month.
Wednesday 1st September 2021: Our latest talks program goes live today with a mixture of both Zoom and in person talks. We have taken this opportunity to review the entrance fees for our talks. Would you believe we have been charging £2.50 for well over 10 years, despite increases in hall and speaker costs. So it feels right as we return to a semblance of normality that we considered these increases.
From the start of the first meeting at the Baptist Church Hall in Keynsham (in December) we will be charging £3 entrance for members of Avon Wildlife Trust and £4 to non-members. This gives you a reason to be a member of the Trust, a perk! So if you aren't a member, consider joining HERE.
We are asking people to book in advance so we can plan not overcrowd our hall. If you are a non-member and pay in advance, for this season you can take advantage of the reduced cost of £3. 
Check out our What's On page for details of all the upcoming talks
Report: Arnos Vale Field Trip, August 2021 - check it out HERE
In August, Mary Wood, an extremely knowledgeable guide from the cemetery, took members of our group on a 2-hour guided wildlife walk around Arnos Vale Cemetery, opened in 1839 outside the Bristol city boundary. The site is located in the Arnos vale conservation area and has considerable ecological and heritage importance.....
Thursday 1st August 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest August e-news is now out - including the Big Butterfly Count, hedgehog bonanza in St Francis Road and reviews of the month
Report: Troopers Hill Field Trip, July 2021 - check it out HERE
In July a group of members were treated to a very enjoyable guided walk of Troopers Hill Wood and Nature Reserve by Rob Acton-Campbell. The name of the hill has changed over years, but one theory to the present name is that troops were camped there during the Civil War, as there was such a good view of Bristol.....
Thursday 1st July 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest July e-news is now out - including our talks survey, RSPB 100 year success, Avon Wildlife Trust raffle and Blog/reviews of the month.
Report: Grow Wilder Field Trip, June 2021 - check it out HERE
Our members were taken on a guided tour of the Avon Wildlife Trust Grow Wilder site by project manager Matt Cracknell, writes our field trip officer Liz Wintle.
Saturday 5th June 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest June e-news is available - including our new website BLOG, #30DaysWild, Festival of Nature,  and May review
Report: St Kilda Talk May 2021 - check it out HERE
Our final Zoom talk of 2021 was given by NatureTrek guide, Sara Frost, who ensured our season ended on a high!
Entitled “Cruising to the edge of the world”, Sara gave a vivid and  evocative account of a 10 day cruise from Oban in Western Scotland to St Kilda, a remote cluster of 3 main islands, 40 miles North West of the rest of the Outer Hebrides.
Friday 30th April 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest May e-news is now out - including booking our next online talk, St Francis Road Hedgehog Street project, NoMowMay, and the Bristol & Bath City Nature Challenge
Thursday 1st April 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest e-news is now out - including booking our next online talk, The Wildlife Trust's April Fool, Somerset WT wildlife art auction and update on our swift nest box project.
Monday 1st March 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest e-news is now out - including booking our next online talk, saying thank you to retiring secretary Cynthia, an RSPB activity for Spring, and Plantlife's "Spring into Action" campaign
Monday 1st February 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest e-news is now out - including booking our next online talk, Nest Box Week this month, and some other Wildlife Trust events you may wish to attend.
Friday 1st January 2021: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest e-news is now out - including  booking our next online talk, update on our Swift box project, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch later this month, and more!
Wednesday 2nd December 2020: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest e-news is now out - including how to book our upcoming talks, the Wildlife Trust's 12 days of Wild Christmas, how to have an alternative Christmas and more!
Monday 2nd November 2020: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest e-news is now out - including booking details of all our upcoming Zoom talks for this season, reviews of our latest talk and walk, the latest Keynsham Wildlife Report and how to buy bird food to support our group and Avon Wildlife Trust.
As we head into a new lockdown we wish all our subscribers, local members and your families continued good health. Keep safe, everyone!
Tuesday 20th October 2020: Live local to Keynsham & Saltford and need bird food? 
We can supply a variety of bird food to your home with profits donated to Avon Wildlife Trust. If you are interested in purchasing some foods please get in touch by e-mail keynshamawt@gmail.com. Click HERE for our price list.
Friday 2nd October 2020: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Our latest e-news is now out - including details of our upcoming Zoom talks, Bristol Ecological Emergency Strategy blog by AWT CEO IanBarrett, improvements to the City to Sea Refill app, getting out in your garden with 
The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens and Bathscape Walking Festival
Tuesday 1st September 2020: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Includes how to book for our online talks this autumn, our pond and river dipping events for children, and how to help hedgehogs.
Saturday 1st August 2020: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Includes news of our plans for the autumn, and how to help swifts and butterflies.
Sunday 5th July 2020: Our latest e-newsletter is now available - check it out HERE
Includes the latest report "Wild Flowers or Weeds" from our field trips officer Liz Wintle, reopening of Avon Wildlife Trust's Grow Wilder, how to campaign for trees and much more.
June 2020: Ecological Emergency!
Before lockdown Avon Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Ian Barrett joined the Bristol mayor in declaring an ecological emergency in the city. Wildlife is struggling to survive throughout the UK, and 41% of species – including much loved butterflies and hedgehogs – are currently in decline. The Trust is working with other local authorities and partners to make sure that large-scale action is taken throughout Avon.
At that time Keynsham Group was starting a campaign to ask MPs to support changes to avoid this emergency. Due to the extreme situation we all then found ourselves in, the action was put on hold. However we are restarting this campaign and we are urging you to write to your MP to ask for their support in this matter.
We have created a document with bullet points which you can use to personalise your own response. To view the document where you can save or cut and paste excerpts click here or on the bullet point letter below. 
 
To find information on your MP visit the government website here. Please include your address when writing to enable you to receive a response back from your MP.
Protecting wildlife for the future
Keynsham Group
Avon Wildlife Trust
Registered charity 280422

Email: keynshamawt@gmail.com