Dr Bills Ecology Courses
Prospectus and other details are available online at www.drbilldixon.co.uk, by email to
setting up of these courses has been prompted in part by the huge void now left
in natural history courses in the Bristol area since the University of Bristol
has cut many of its Earth Science and related courses, and in part by the huge
support I have received from course attendees to offer a continuation of this
facility. These courses are totally independently run and as such have nothing
to do with the
The courses format will consist of practical day schools usually on Saturdays and typically lasting about 6 hours. I can offer flexibility in the minimum number of attendees necessary for any particular course to run. Courses at present will be run by myself.
The cost will be £20 per person with a reduction to £15 for block bookings (5+), AWT or BNATS members
Courses will include free topical image(s) taken by myself (choice) and full course notes.
Course fees are payable in advance by cheque to Dr W E Dixon
In the unlikely event of a course being cancelled monies will be returned. Non attendance will not normally be reimbursed. The courses are fully insured.
Currently on offer are (all Saturdays unless stated)
Apr 21st 2012 Portbury Warth-Weston Moor 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Warbler migration and other birds.
Identifying warblers etc. by call and song. We will also look at the ecology of these two sites
5th 2012 Weston Bigwood (
2 for 1 in the wood birdsong and flowers.
A repeat of this popular course A.M. Identifying woodland birds by call and song. P.M. Woodland flora.
23rd 2012 Portishead
Sea Front and Portbury Warth
Saltmarsh, an eroding habitat? Portishead Sea Front saltmarsh(AM) and Portbury Warth saltmarsh (PM) with lunch break at cafι on sea front. In conjunction with AWT
7-8th 2012 Middle Hill (Sat) and Weston Moor (sun) both in the
Mix and match either of these- A tale of two meadows - Flora and fauna of two quite different meadows.
2012 Weston and Clapton Moors (
Dragonflies and rhyne flora, also rhyne dipping for water invertebrates.
8 2012 Middle Hill Common (A.M.) and Weston Moor (P.M.)
In search of the Rufous Grasshopper a late summer bonanza concentrating on Grasshopper and Bumblebee identification.
A repeat of this popular course - will also include flora, butterflies and bird identification
October 2012 Weston Bigwood Leaf litter analysis : what happens to dead leaves. A look at leaves, leaf decomposers and their predators Woodlice, Millepedes, Spiders, Beetles etc.
Winter educated walks (about 2-3 hours on Sunday aftenoons starting at 1 or 2 P.M.) cost £4 (½ for kids)
Oct 23 Weston Bigwood Autumn trees and leaves and basic fungi.
Nov 27 Ashton Plantation A fine plantation including Beech and Fir
Dec 11- Xmas mystery walk
Jan 29 Portbury Warth and possibly Sheepway corridor (good for winter birds)
Feb 19 Clevedon Pill and Hill (look out for Peregrines and Rock Pipits)
All walks details and times by advanced booking (phone or email to above details)
If you want a walk or course not on the list this can be arranged depending on numbers, date, etc.