Sunday, 31 December 2017

6-12-2017 Box, Wilts trip.

 (Leader: Terry Doman).

Fifteen members joined the leader in the car park at the Selwin Hall, Box.  After a safety brief we proceeded to the adjacent 'Rock Circus', where the leader explained that it had been constructed as an educational structure for anyone who was interested in the geological history of this country.  The 'Rock Circus' comprised 8 waist high pieces of rock, equally spaced around in a circle of approximately 20 feet diameter.  An excellent display board explained the age of each piece and what part of our country they came from.  We then walked on to join the 'By Brook' where a beautiful male Bullfinch was seen and downstream of the bridge, and a Dipper was singing.  Richard Pooley pointed out evidence of Otter, a spraint dropping, on the bridge base.  As we walked on up-stream we saw Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail and Kestrel.  At Drewits Mill we crossed the stream on the bridge by a large mill pool and  started our return route downstream.  Alan Rayner discovered some interesting species of fungi on our way back.  The weather was good to us, dry but cold and 25 species of bird seen.

Terry Doman.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Membership subscription

Dear Members 

I am writing to remind you that the annual membership subscription is due in January. Single annual membership costs £8, joint £12 and student £4. 

There are three ways to pay: 

1) At the AGM on 6th January 

2) Send a cheque payable to Bath Natural History Society, to 12 Rowacres, Bath, BA2 2LH 

3) By bank transfer using sort code 20-05-06 account number 80142123 and add your name for the reference. 

Also, please consider setting up a standing order as this helps our society to run smoothly and efficiently. I have attached a form. 

Kind regards 

Alison Lang 
Membership secretary 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Bath Natural History society programme January 2018

                     AGM - Saturday 6th January 2018
2pm for 2.15pm in the Elwin Room at the BRLSI

Meet: 10.00 am. Pulteney Weir, next to Beazer Maze adjacent to Bath Rugby Ground. GR ST 754648. Landranger 172/Explorer 155.
Finish:  13.00, possibly returning by bus from Newbridge Park and Ride
Focus: Urban and riverine wildlife in winter
Description: A level, 4-5 km walk along riverside paths.

Tuesday 16th January: Identification of Conifers: Paul Wilkins
 (Daytime Workshop in The Percy Hall, United Reform Church, Grove Street, Bath from 2pm to 4pm)

Although there are very few indigenous species of coniferous trees in Britain, there are a great many species that have been introduced from other parts of the world into our gardens, parks and forestry plantations, which have a significant influence on natural biodiversity. Paul will help us to learn to identify the species that we are likely to encounter most commonly within and around Bath. 

Saturday 27th January: PORTLAND/WEYMOUTH HARBOUR, Dorset. Joint RSPB/Bath Nats Coach Trip
Meet: Coach leaves Riverside/Ham Street Coach Park 08.00
Finish: Coach returns approx. 18.00
Focus: Target Birds should include overwintering Divers, Grebes, Brent Geese and wildfowl. Reed-bed birds including Bearded Reedling and Cetti’s warblers at Radipole, with waders and Marsh Harriers.
Description: Paths and shore-line tracks should be fairly easy going, but stout footwear and rain-proofs are essential. Warm winter clothing recommended.
Booking essential by coach booking form and pre-payment.

Study groups are also run by the Bath Natural History Society by and for its members.
The Study Groups are as follows: Biodiversity, Dragonfly, Grasshopper, Moths.
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