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Presence and Movement: A Walk along the Severn Estuary

Saturday 11 September at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

After so long meeting only on screen we are very excited to be able to see each other face to face in 3D! Please join MMB and the Centre for Environmental Humanities in a ‘Celebration of Presence and Movement’. Leave behind your laptops, forget Zoom, junk Teams and come for a walk with us along the Severn Estuary. The views are enormous, the bird life impressive and the spaces wide and open!

Catch the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach (or jump on at any station in between). We’ll walk an hour or so north along the Severn Way, under the M5 bridge to the end of the sea wall, where we’ll stop for a picnic. The path here is paved so good for buggies and wheelchairs.

Those who want to go further can continue along the Pilning Wetlands to Aust (another hour or so). Wear good shoes if you want to do a longer walk or scramble on the beach (it will be low tide).

We’re delighted to be joined by Dr Michael Malay, Lecturer in English Literature and the Environmental Humanities, who can fill us in on the tides, eels and other natural history of the Severn Estuary. If you’re interested in the birds in particular check out the Severnside Birds website for listings of the hundreds of species that visit at this time of year (don’t forget your binoculars!).

Friends and families are very welcome. Bring your own lunch and if the weather’s bad we’ll have our picnic under the bridge…

Please register here and we’ll send train times and map coordinates nearer the time (no Zoom link, hurray!). Until then we’ll continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines carefully to ensure we are still safe to meet outside in a group.




Saturday 11 September
10:00 am to 4:30 pm