Isn't this just lovely? The Guardian reports on a series of stamps Sweden has produced, one of which features Greta Thunberg with swifts. It's 'part of a set by the artist and illustrator Henning Trollbäck titled Valuable Nature.
'The series ... features some of the 16 environmental quality goals recently drawn up by the Swedish government, including habitats designated as important to protect, said the national postal service, PostNord.' (If only ...)
This came to us via our speaker on Thursday this week (21 January), Edward Mayer, the UK's leading expert on swifts. This will kick off our campaign to increase the number of swift nest sites in our area. Go to Talks for more details, and how to register for the talk.
To get you in the mood, here's an amazing video of how swifts really do live their entire lives on the wing.
Chairman Peter Shallcross comments that mid-winter when everything seems to be asleep seems to get shorter each year so we easily miss the birds who come here to escape even worse weather to our North, some of which like this fringilla montifringilla provide a welcome splash of colour.
But how did it get that name and what do we usually call it? Andrew Graham reveals all on our MoreNews page, and says good places to see them would be beech woods, perhaps near Compton Abbas airfield or nearby Melbury Wood - if only we could get there in the current COVID lockdown.
Chairman Peter Shallcross has commented that January is a time for regeneration and reflection: in the middle of winter trees are at rest and there are very few signs of spring to be seen as yet.
Unlike the trees, we at Tisbury Natural History Society aren't resting at all - in January we have not one but two of our monthly meetings
On Thursday 21 January as Bob Gibbons cannot now tell us why the Isle of Purbeck is so special (but he'll be back next January), we are delighted that Edward Mayer, the UK’s leading expert on the conservation of Swifts (the Common Swift: Apus apus) will be talking to us. And on
Thursday 28 January, we will have a 'Meet a farmer' discussion online at 7.30 pm with Neil Harley, an experienced farmer from the Salisbury Plain who has recently acquired land near the community fields behind the Nadder centre.
Full details on both these and instructions on how to register for Zoom, go to our Talks page.
Just to put our efforts in context, Channel 5 is running a 4-part series on the Natural History Museum in London - full details here. We know all about fossils of course, being next door to the Jurassic Coast, the Etches Museum et al. But getting to see 'the unique and rare pieces too valuable to exhibit' sounds like a bit of a treat.
First of the series is Thursday, 7 January, 8 pm and of course on catch-up.
Then, by way of coming right up to date, Messums Wiltshire's 'Conversations' series includes Isabella Tree, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 27 January. You can access this via www.messumswiltshire.com/members-area - annual membership is £30 for an individual, £50 for a family. Isabella will talk about her now famous re-wilding of her family estate in West Sussex, described in her book 'Wilding'.
The pages now display photos of fungi taken by members. This one by Andrew Carter - Trametes versicolour.
Please do not eat any of them.
If it's not me, Elizabeth Forbes, website editor (keen but ignorant), I'll say so.