Camp Chew March 2019 Details



Friday 29 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019

Camp Chew 2017
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Book onto this amazing nature camp for children aged 7-11 years. The camp is organised by Black2Nature who have been organising nature camps for inner-city Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) children and young people since 2015. The primary age children come to Camp Chew which takes place in Compton Martin in the Chew Valley just south of Bristol to spend the weekend birding and getting involved with nature. 


It is aimed at children who have no experience of nature and in many cases have never been to the countryside or camped. One of our aims is to promote community cohesion and so we encourage children from all backgrounds and areas to attend, as well as those already with a keen interest in nature who we hope will share their passion. 


This year we hope to again have a number of children who are VME and or live in the city’s areas of deprivation. We have plenty to help to ensure that the children are kept safe. We have a 17 seater minibus picking up from around Bristol.


Children may be accompanied by an adult if they would otherwise be unable to attend but emphasise that they do better without instead perhaps coming with a friend. 


We take safety very seriously and so girls and boys sleep in separate tents with adults sleeping at the entrance, making it impossible for strangers to enter undetected. DBS checked adults will be supervising the children at all times. All food prepared at the camp is vegetarian with halal fish and chips and a vegetarian option for lunch on Saturday at Chew Valley Lake.


Camp Chew – Friday 29/03/2019

Camp Avalon 2017
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4.15 pm Pick up Totterdown

4.30 pm Pick up St Paul’s

4.45 pm Pick up Eastville

5.00 pm Pick up Henleaze

5.15 pm Pick up Hotwells

5.30 pm Drop off CMAF

5.45 pm Minibus arriving at CMAF


Setting up camp 
Camp cooking
Socialising/rugby & parachute sessions
Dinner by campfire

Camp Chew – Saturday 30/03/2019

Camp Chew 2017
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3.45 pm Pick up CMAF & finish

4.00 pm Drop off Hotwells

4.15 pm Drop off Henleaze

4.30 pm Drop off Eastville

4.45 pm Drop off St Paul’s

5.00 pm Drop off Totterdown


Bird ringing
Feeding ducks and geese playground
Birdwatching from hides
Nature walk
Fish and Chips at Chew Valley Lake

Friday 29 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019

Camp Chew – Programme

Friday 29th March 2019

All activities dependent on weather

5.45 pm – 7.00 pm (CMAF)
Set up camp, camp cooking & time to socialize

7.00 pm – 8.00 pm (CMAF)
Dinner by the campfire

Saturday 30th March 2019
7.45 am – 8.15 am (CMAF) Camp breakfast

8.45 am – 11.15 am (CVRS)
Bird ringing demonstration and looking at moths at Chew Valley Ringing Station 

Mike Bailey Chair of Chew Valley Ringing Station and BTO ringing trainer (with Chris Craig and Mya-Rose Craig)

11.00 am – 11.15 am (CVRS)

11.30 am – 1.00 pm (CVLPS)
Feeding ducks, playground & lunch

1.00 pm – 3.30 pm (CVL)
Birdwatching in bird hides & nature walk

3.45 pm (CMAF)
Pick up and finish 

Key to locations

CMAF – Compton Martin Amenity Field, The Street, Compton Martin, Bristol, BS40 6JN
CVRS – Chew Valley Ringing Station, Bishop Sutton, Bristol, BS40 6HN (from Herriots Bridge turn right opposite mirror)
CVLPS – Salt & Malt, Chew Stoke, Chew Valley Lake Picnic Site, Walley Lane, Bristol, BS40 8XS (01275 333345)
CVL – Chew Valley Lake using Morton Hide accessed from the B1134, coming from CMAF turn right between the Blue Bowl and Herons Green.


£10.00 per person including carers


Free places are available to those children (and parents/family if they wish to come) who would otherwise not be able to come for example who are from areas of deprivation, are VME or are disadvantaged. Camp Avalon recognises that there are almost no young birders from VME backgrounds and so hope that these grants will encourage disadvantaged children to be able to attend. All equipment needed will also be loaned for the weekend.



Thank you to Compton Martin Village Hall and the many people who have supported Black2Nature and these camps and to Chew Valley Ringing Station and the birders who have offered their time in order to pass on their knowledge to young birders. 
Thank you to Opticron for the loan of five pairs of compact binoculars to this project.
Thank you also to Burns Price Foundation, Quartet Funding and Alpkit for helping to fund our project. 



Free transport is available to and from Bristol, with pickups from York Road, Totterdown, St Paul’s Resource Centre, The Beehive Pub Henleaze and Hotwells Bristol.

How to Book

Please book on Eventbrite or e-mail with your name, address, phone number and date of birth and your child’s name and date of birth with any dietary requirements. Please also get in touch if you would like to get involved by volunteering.

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