The Tisbury and District Natural History Society was founded in 1981 by a committee chaired by the late Lt Col David Swift, with the first meeting celebrated in February 1982. Our aim is to give members the opportunity to learn about the many and diverse aspects of local natural history and also further afield.
Annual donations have been made since the foundation to the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust and to other local and national appeals, if we judge the cause to be relevant to our own aims. For example, we supported the Woodland Trust's purchase of the Duncliffe Wood, near Shaftesbury and in 2015 Wiltshire Wildlife's appeal to fund the purchase of land adjacent to Coombe Bissett Down.
As well as the monthly talks we organise during the winter months, in the summer we offer our members the opportunity to visit the many reserves and areas where local flora and fauna can be observed and enjoyed. You can find out about our forthcoming and past talks and walks browsing through this website and on our blog. We also run a parallel programme of events to get local young people involved, under the name of Young Nature Watch.
We also look for opportunities to promote nature conservation in our area - we occasionally comment, for example on local planning matters or undertake projects to support and encourage wildlife locally. For example, members were involved in the work leading up to the publication of The Wiltshire Flora in 1993, creating the pond at St John's School in Tisbury and, more recently, the creation and management of the Parish Wildflower Meadow near the Nadder Centre and the installation of swift nest boxes in and around Tisbury.
The annual membership fee is £10, and the fee for guest attendance is £2 per event. If you would like to become a member, you can do so in person at any of our events, or getting in touch.