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See the Great Bustards on Salisbury Plain – 11 April

At our November meeting we heard about the reintroduction of the Great Bustard onto Salisbury Plain. If you would like to see these fascinating birds in the wild, and hear more about the conservation project, join us for a special trip on Tuesday 11 April

Numbers are limited to 16 so we will be leaving Bradford on Avon about 9.15am using four cars. Although it won’t involve a lot of walking the ground is likely to be uneven and muddy so please wear stout shoes/ boots or wellingtons and suitable outdoor clothing.

We expect to finish around 12.30-1.00pm so the group may decide to retire to a pub before returning home. To book your place please contact John Box or Stephen Illingworth. The cost of the trip will be £20 plus a contribution towards petrol costs. Bookings will be on a first come first served basis.

Outings programme for 2023

Arundells Project

John Box and Stephen Illingworth have lined up a fascinating programme of visits for 2023. Starting on Tuesday 21 March with a trip to Salisbury where you can visit Arundells and NT Mompesson House which are both within Salisbury Cathedral close.

Arundells, a medieval canonry, has been extensively modified over the centuries, most recently in 1964 and then prior to it becoming the home of former Prime Minister, Edward Heath. It contains Sir Edward’s art collection and gifts and other memorabilia reflecting his years of public service and passions for sailing and music.

Mompesson House is a 18th-century Queen Anne town house and tranquil walled garden in the heart of Salisbury’s historic Cathedral Close. The cost of the trip is £33 which includes entrance to Arundells. If you are not a member of the National Trust there is an additional £8.08 for entry to Mompesson House.

Booking is now open – you can download further details and a booking form here.

Future planned trips include

  • Berkley Castle, Gloucester Docks and a boat trip on the canal
  • Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum and toy collection and Model Village
  • Chichester and the Weald & Downland Living Museum – site of BBC’s Repair Shop
  • Bletchley Park – home to the WWII code breakers