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November 2019

The Bath Swifts Survey: David Robertson and Stewart Owen

5th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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David and Stewart will not only talk about current progress with the RSPB survey of swifts breeding in Bath, but will also provide insights into the strange life history and habits of this remarkable species. Positive action to increase the number of nest sites by providing artificial nest boxes will be discussed, along with efforts to influence local planning policies to encourage swifts in new buildings. Doors open at 7 pm

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Twig Life workshop: Alan Rayner and Rob Randall

13th November 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Attached and fallen twigs and small branches of trees are mini-ecosystems in themselves. They support fascinating communities of small plants, animals, fungi and lichens, which contribute in varied and sometimes surprising ways to the life and times of the trees and woodlands they inhabit. Autumn is a good time of year in which to familiarise ourselves with these communities. During this workshop Alan and Rob will show how to find and identify some of the organisms involved. You are also…

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January 2020

AGM 2020

January 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 2pm on Saturday 4th January in the Elwyn Room at BRLSI, Queen Square. The business meeting will commence at 2.15pm and will be followed by an illustrated talk on Wildlife Photography by Josh Harris. There will be a raffle,. We will also have a bring-and-buy stall.  There will be an opportunity for members to bring natural history specimens for a show and tell. And of course we all look forward to the…

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Bog Life workshop: David Goode

January 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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The living skin of an actively growing bog is composed of a variety of bog mosses (Sphagnum species) each of which grows in a specific micro-habitat. You will learn how to recognise some of the commonest species of bog moss by their colour, structure and microscopic features. Examples will be available for examination by hand lens, or binocular microscope (provided). Bring a x20 lens if you have one. We shall also see some of the many life-forms that inhabit Sphagnum…

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February 2020

Urban Peregrines: Ed Drewitt

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Ed Drewitt is a professional naturalist who has been studying urban peregrines for over 20 years. He will provide an update on colonization of towns and cities together with details of adaptive behaviour that allows these birds to prosper in the urban environment. He is author of “Urban Peregrines” published in 2014, in which he drew heavily on his research on Peregrine Falcons in Bath. Doors open at 7 pm

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March 2020

The Cultural Ecology of Meadows: George Peterken

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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George Peterken is one of our most respected ecologists in the UK. He was for many years Head of Woodland Ecology with the Nature Conservancy Council, and after retirement turned his attention to Meadows, publishing a book by that name in 2013. He has a wealth of knowledge on the cultural history and ecology of meadows which he will impart through some beautiful images. Doors open at 7 pm

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Bird Song Identification workshop: Lucy Delve

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
United Reformed Church, Grove St entrance
Bath, Somerset BA2 4BA
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Lucy is well known to many of our members for her advanced skill in listening out for and identifying bird calls and songs. In this workshop she will help us to develop this skill for ourselves, which can so much add to our enjoyment of the outdoors and enhance our wildlife recording activities. Please bring notebook and pen along with the field guide (if any) that you use for bird identification.

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April 2020

CANCELLED because of Coronavirus: Evolution of Birds and Flight: Dr Dan Field

April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
BRLSI – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square
Bath, Somerset BA1 2HN
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Dr Dan Field is a University Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Birds are the most diverse group of terrestrial vertebrate animals, boasting nearly 11,000 living species. But how did this awe inspiring diversity arise? Dan will discuss recent advances in our understanding of how, where, and when birds arose, and will show how high resolution 3D imaging is changing our understanding of when key avian features, like the toothless beak, came to be.…

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