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Patch outings

Each year the club arranges a number of 'patch outings' or birdwatching walks, at which a members lead groups around local sites of particular interest, to pass on their knowledge of the area and encourage others to visit. These outings regularly achieve a good number of interesting bird sightings and reports are usually included in the annual Newsletters.

Patch Outing Programme 2017

The following outings have been arranged for 2017. Both club members and the public (adults only, no children please) are welcome, but the number of places on each walk is limited. Please contact the appropriate walk leader to book your place or if you would like further information. Outings start promptly at the time shown, so please arrive in plenty of time. Bring your own binoculars (we are not able to supply these).

The outings may include walking over exposed and rough ground - please read the risk assessment below and ensure that you are suitably prepared.

Sunday 21st May 9.00am A Longley Wood Circular

Leader: Chris Abell, Tel: 07929863115

Meeting Point: University (details from the leader on request)
Notes: 2/3 hours woodland walk arranged with the University and open to the public.

Tuesday 23rd May 6.30pm: Blackmoorfoot Evening Ramble

Leader: Mike Denton, Tel: 01484 646990

Meeting Point: By inflow along the South bank of Blackmmorfoot Reservoir
Notes: A leisurely look at the reservoir, Orange Wood and maybe Potato Lane

Sunday 11th June at 8.00 am: Langsett and the Little Don Valley

Leader Chris Abell, Tel: 07929863115

Meet at Langsett Barn car park.
This may be a long walk (4 hours) over potentially difficult terrain. Dress appropriately and bring a drink and snack.

In the event of poor visibility, strong winds or heavy rain outings may be cancelled. If in doubt contact the leader. If you would like further information about a particular outing, please contact the leader.

Risk Assessment

Note that these outings are at your own risk. Huddersfield Birdwatchers’ Club, the Trustees, or the leaders will not be liable for any accidents or injuries caused whilst on these outings. However HBWC wishes to ensure that all who attend these outings are aware of any potential risks and hazards involved. The most likely ones and the recommended counter measures you should note and act on are set out in the table below.

The places visited on these outings are not particularly hazardous nor exceptionally strenuous. Walks are typically leisurely with frequent stops to look at/for birds. However some of these outings will take us over rough ground and exposed moorland conditions, so please ensure that you are properly equipped as set out in the table above. The directions of the leader must be followed at all times.

The leader can refuse to take anyone on the visit who, in the leader’s opinion, is inappropriately equipped.

Take care at all times
Enjoy the outings

Risk Risk Counter Measure
A medical or physical condition that might affect your ability to safely complete the walk Tell the leader in advance. Carry any necessary medication
Rough, uneven, steep, boggy icy, wet or slippery ground Wear appropriate footwear and look where you walk
Bad weather - cold, windy, wet or hot and sunny Wear appropriate warm and waterproof clothing. Cover up, wear a hat and apply sun cream.
Getting tired, cold or over-heated. Carry food and drink appropriate to length of walk. Tell the leader.
Getting lost. Unexpected hazards. Stay near the leader. Do not go on ahead or off on your own. Never turn back to base without telling the leader.

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