Barcaldine BioBlitz – Saturday 5th September 2015


Bioblitz

The first Bioblitz in Lorn is being held at the Sea Life Centre, north of Oban at Barcaldine in Lorn at 10am on Saturday 5th September, organised by Anna Price at the Centre.

A bioblitz is when various experts and helpers get together to record as many species as possible at a given site on a single day.

Anna expects people to see moth trappings, bird ringing, fungus forays and lichen and plant hunts – as well as everyone generally keeping eyes open for anything they can spot.

The records made on the day will be used by the Sea Life Centre to help with conservation management of their land.

They will also be added to the Lorn Natural History Group dataset on the National Biodiversity Network – with all finds credited to whoever made them.

All members of Lorn Natural History Group [LNHG} who would like to help out are very welcome. You don’t need any knowledge, just a pair of eyes. There is free admission to the Sea Life Centre for all LNHG members who are helping with the bioblitz.

Everyone interested with any particular expertise to offer or an interest in leading a hunt for a particular kind of organism is asked to get in touch. They say that they’re ‘a bit short of people to do invertebrates other than moths’.

Phone Anna Price on: 01631 720 386

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 8th September


Beavers

‘The Scottish Beaver Trial – The story so far’

A talk by

Olwen Armstrong Hemmings will be giving a talk about the Scottish Beaver Trial, a five year project which started in 2009. The monitoring phase of the Scottish Beaver Trial has now finished. All the scientific findings from that trial have been written up and were presented to the Scottish Government by Scottish Natural Heritage in May 2015.

The talk starts at 19.30 hours at Seil Island Hall, Ellenabeich, Seil,

and is free to members, £2 to non-members.

Coffee, tea and biscuits after the talk.

For further information please contact:-

Richard Wesley on T: 01852 300388  or  E: snhguk@gmail.com

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 11th August


Shark-DivingMonthly Talk :-

‘The Mechanics of Diving’

with  Graeme Bruce.

Graeme is an experienced local diver with much experience of the Firth of Lorn.

The talk starts at 19.30 hours at Seil Island Hall, Ellenabeich, Seil,

and is free to members, £2 to non-members.

Coffee, tea and biscuits after the talk.

For further information please contact:-

Richard Wesley on T: 01852 300388  or  E: snhguk@gmail.com

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 14th July 2015


Photo by Robert MacPherson

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) Photo by Robert MacPherson

Ben Darvill from the BTO at Stirling will give a talk on ‘Bird ID and Recording Techniques’  at Seil Island Hall on Tuesday evening 14th July starting at 19:30 hours, followed by a free training course the next day. Come along and improve your bird ID and recording skills against the beautiful backdrop of Ellenabeich, Isle of Seil.

Talk is free to members, £2 to non-members.

Coffee, tea and biscuits after the talk.

For further information please contact:-

Richard Wesley on T: 01852 300388  or  E: snhguk@gmail.com

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 9th June 2015


Environmental Ethics‘An Amateur’s Introduction to Environmental Ethics’     

  A talk by Anuschka Millar

‘Conservation is based on a set of values and most conflicts arise where these values clash with other types of values. The talk introduces some major theories of value. It will be a gentle introduction to important issues in conservation and is aimed at an audience without any philosophy background.’

Talk is free to members, £2 to non-members.

Coffee, tea and biscuits after the talk.

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 12th May 2015


(c) Glasgow Botanic Gardens; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) Glasgow Botanic Gardens; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Talk: The Life and Times of Thomas Hopkirk

Illustrated talk by Dick Peebles, chair of Clyde & Argyll Fungus Group. Hopkirk (1785-1841) was a pioneer of Scottish botany and mycology and founder of the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Those who’ve been on fungus forays with Dick will know him as a very entertaining speaker whose enthusiasm for fungi is matched only by his fascination with those who pursued the same passion in an age very different to our own.

Talk is free to members, £2 to non-members.

Tea and biscuits after the talk.

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 14th April 2015


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‘Ascension Island’

Speaker :- James Fenton.

Venue:  Seil Island Hall,  Ellenabeich    Time:  1930 hrs.

Admission: Free to members, £2 to non-members, or join at the door.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the talk.

For further information please contact:-

Richard Wesley on T: 01852 300388  or  E: snhguk@gmail.com

Change of April walk date


Our “Secret Nature of Oban” walk scheduled for Sat 18 April has been moved to Sat 25 April so as to avoid clashing with the Mull bird training day. Full details will be given nearer the time. Our next field trip is at Glen Nant on Tue 31 Mar, as already announced. More info on this coming soon.
Carl

LNHG Monthly Talk – Tuesday 10th March


Arctic - SvalbardOur next monthly meeting is on Tuesday 10th March at Seil Island Hall,  Ellenabeich starting at 1930 hours.  We have three speakers,  undergraduates from SAMS  talking on the following subjects.

 

  •  ‘Farm ya later, Alligator’ :-  A talk by Stewart Beattie discussing the benefits for conservation by not removing wild populations.
  • ‘What the deep sea can tell us about climate change’ : – A talk by Rachel Vezza on the Faroe-Scotland channel deep water research.
  • ‘The Loch Etive Glacier’ : – A talk by Allan Audsley, exploring how Loch Etive as we know it today, was formed.

These three undergaduates are in their final year at SAMS, so this is an opportunity to show off their newly aquired skills, so come along and give them your support.

Admission: Free to members, £2 to non-members, or join at the door. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the talk.

For further details contact Richard Wesley on :-
E: snhguk@gmail.com or T: 01852 300388

Species of the Month


Orthosia gothica
Our Species of the Month for March is a moth that likes cold weather, the Hebrew Character. It will come to lit windows and is often still there in the morning at rest on the wall nearby. See http://www.lnhg.org.uk/species-of-the-month.htm for more info and a form to send in sightings. Good luck, and if you find any other moths at your windows, please send those in too!
Carl