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2016 Field Trip

It was early in the spring on a very hot day, when a small group of us met up with our tutor Colin Ryall at Ham Wall. We were all looking forward to enjoying the sights and sounds of this magical wetland created by the RSPB and we were not disappointed.
We followed one of the nature trails and with Colin's help we saw or heard 30 different species of birds from bittern to great crested grebe. The whole area was teeming with all kinds of wildlife. Lots of photo opportunities!
We all had a great time. Thank you Colin.

2015 Field Trips

This year we have had groups going to the Horsehair factJohn the Baptist churchory at Castle Cary, Yeovilton Meteorological Office and our summer visit was to Glastonbury on June 5th where we met with Brian Wright. This was the spin off visit from our course on British and Celtic Mythology.
We first visited John the Baptist church. An interesting church dating back to the 15th Century full of gems including the 1936 stained glass window by AD Davies depicting the Glastonbury legend. A church well worth a visit.
Photo by Kim Bailey

We went on to the Abbey, the legendary burial place of King Arthur, to see an excellent exhibition and enjoy lunch in the grounds.
 It was good to have Brian pointing out things we would have otherwise missed in the church and the Abbey and to hear more of the myths and legends associated with the area.
Thank you Brian. A good day soaking up the atmosphere of Glastonbury was had by all.

Summer field trip 2014

It was a perfect summer day when Long Sutton and Castle Cary WEA groups met with Stephen Parker in Poole Harbour. This was to be our long awaited follow-up field trip from our course on The History and Natural History of the Islands of Britain. We travelled on the Yellow Boats ferry to Brownsea Island.

Brownsea is one of the best places for seeing wildlife in Dorset. Here we explored the woodland, heath land and coastal walks, spotted terns, black tailed godwits and spoonbills amongst the many other birds on the lagoon and visited the site of Robert Baden Powell’s first scout camp. Lots of photo opportunities!

Some members of the group were lucky enough to see the elusive and rare red squirrels. Thank you Stephen. A great day was had by all!

This field trip concluded our advertised programme for the academic year 2013/2014. Our next course in the autumn of this year is Somerset’s Industrial Heritage. Do come and join us!


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