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Indoor Meetings Programme: April – September 2018

 

Evening Meetings at the BRLSI. Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start

 

 

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 – Dr Michael Wells – Biodiversity By Design

Mike co-founded Biodiversity by Design, a Bath-based international environmental consultancy, in 2006 expressly to engage in promoting truly sustainable exemplar development projects, multifunctional landscapes and global biodiversity conservation. Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He is the author of many papers and articles on ecologically informed design and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bath School of Architecture and Civil Engineering where he teaches examined courses exploring the relationships between ecology, masterplanning and architecture.

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – Dr Frank AshwoodEarthworms

Earthworms are recognised ecosystem engineers, proving invaluable services to humanity and transforming and improving the soil habitat for other organisms. Most naturalists are aware of their fundamental ecological importance, but few have detailed knowledge of any of our 30 or so native British species. Frank's PhD was entitled 'Woodland Restoration on Landfill Sites: Earthworm Activity and Ecosystem Service Provision'. He is a soil ecologist working within Forest Research’s soil sustainability research group. Here Frank will describe earthworms’ behind-the-scenes work, which underlies the productivity and diversity of the natural systems we see every day.


Daytime Summer Workshop in The Percy Hall, United Reform Church, Grove Street from 2pm to 4pm

 

Wednesday 27th June 2018: Creepy Crawlies: Rob Randall, Peter Smithers and Mike Williams

Besides butterflies, moths and dragonflies, with which many Bath Nats members are familiar, a huge variety of other kinds of invertebrates abound within and around Bath. Using photographs and preserved specimens, Rob, Peter and Mike will introduce us to some of the main groups of these organisms and how to identify them. Participants are invited to bring their own photographs and preserved material (but no live animals!) if they wish. Bring a hand lens at least 8x or 10x, and any suitable books you possess. The FSC leaflet, ‘Bugs on Bushes’ provides a helpful introduction.

 

Weather permitting, following the workshop there will be an optional visit to Bathwick Meadows to see creepy crawlies in the field!

 

 

Indoor Meetings Programme: April – September 2016

 

 

 

Evening Meetings at the BRLSI. Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start

 

 

Tuesday 5 th April 2016 – Dr David Goode – Wildlife of the Camargue

 

David Goode, a member of the Society, will be known to many as an urban specialist, but here he returns to an earlier life as a wetland ecologist to tell us about the wonders of the Camargue based on a visit he made last year. Not just the famous black bulls and white horses but a wealth of birds, plants and insects that make this one of the most exciting nature reserves in Europe. His talk will be illustrated with photos of everything from little bitterns and lesser kestrels to great white egrets and a multitude of greater flamingos.

 

Tuesday 6 th September 2016 – Marion Rayner – The Natural History of Smallcombe Cemetery

Marion will present the results of biodiversity surveys made by members of Bath Nats at Smallcombe Cemetery, in support of the Heritage Lottery Funded Restoration project there.

 

 

Daytime Summer Workshop in The Percy Hall, United Reform Church, Grove Street from 2pm to 4pm

 

Tuesday 21 st June: Grasses: Rob Randall

 

Rob will guide us through the different genera of grasses and the parts used in their identification. Please bring fresh specimens and a hand lens at least 8x or 10x. Hubbard's 'Grasses' is the recommended field guide. This Penguin paperback is still in print and is often available in charity shops. The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland have recently published a more exhaustive field guide.

 

Weather permitting, following the workshop there will be an optional visit to Bathwick Meadows to see grasses in the field!

 

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