Natural History Society meeting 17 March CANCELLATION The committee has been considering the widespread concern at the rapid increase in infection from the Coronavirus, and the prospect that the government may shortly advise all those over 70 to remain at home. In light of these events it seems only prudent to cancel Tuesday’s meeting; Peter Shallcross has asked me to contact members to let them know we are doing so. Over the next few days and weeks we shall think through whether and when we shall be able to reschedule Rebecca Twigg’s talk on bees and other pollinators, and resume our regular programme of meetings. I’m sorry to be the bearer of this unwelcome news: I shall make contact again as soon as I have anything further I can share with you. Richard Budden, Treasurer, Tisbury & District Natural History Society
Guests are warmly invited to attend our autumn/winter series of talks for which the fee is £2 per evening (free for members, but of course you are most welcome to join on the night).
All meetings take place in the Hinton Hall, next to St John's Church, in Tisbury, at 7.45pm on the third Tuesday evenings in the month. Below are details of the 2019/20 series with the organiser's name in brackets in case you would like further information, or just email us at email@example.com - and go to the 'What you missed' for details of past talks.
We held our Annual General Meeting on 18 February so if you have not yet paid your annual fee of £10 you can either do so at any of the talk evenings, or pay online to the society's NatWest account. The sort code is 54-41-19, account number 03123480. Please be sure to use your surname and initials as the reference (and plus a second initial, if the payment is £20 for two people) so we know who you are.
We now have the programme for meetings and excursions over the next twelve months so please see the calendar below and on the Field Trips page. As you'll see, the programme is full of good and really interesting things and builds on a number of your suggestions in the recent opinion survey, so we're sure you will want to take part. But to do so you now need to renew your membership.
The talks for the rest of this series are:
Tuesday 17 March Rebecca Twigg, Kingdom of Sticks: Salisbury's secret garden and the bee trail A talk about bees and other pollinators. Rebecca runs several community wildlife projects, including the Salisbury Bee Trail and The Secret Garden at St. Clement’s churchyard in Salisbury.
Tuesday 21 April Simon Ford, The National Trust: Wessex hillforts and habitats project (Elizabeth Forbes) The last indoor meeting of this season is a talk given by Simon Ford of The National Trust on their Hillforts and habitats project. The project aims to protect and enhance the historical and natural interest of some of the key National Trust owned hillforts in Dorset and South Wiltshire.
The programme for Autumn/Winter 2020/21 is as follows - please note these talks are now on the third THURSDAY of the month and start at the earlier time of 7.30pm:
Thursday 17 September 2020 - Martijn Antheunisse, CEO, Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust Things we can do for wildlife in the streams and rivers of Wessex
Thursday 15 October 2020 - David Waters, director, Great Bustard Group The Great Bustard Project
Thursday 19 October 2020 - PC Neil Turnbull, Wildlife Crime Officer, Wiltshire Police Wildlife Crime
Thursday 17 December 2020 - Simon Smart, Black Sheep Countryside Management Farmer conservation groups (plus Xmas party food & drinks)
Thursday 21 January 2021 - Bob Gibbons, botanist, photographer and author, Natural History Travel Why is the Isle of Purbeck so special?
Thursday 18 February 2021 - Nick Tomalin, RSPB's Wessex Farmland Project Manager The Stone Curleew Conservation Project (plus AGM)
Thursday 18 March 2021 - Anna Lewington, ethnobotanist, author of Plants for People and Birch The bounty of birches - the natural history and uses of birches in the northern hemisphere
Thursday 15 April 2021 - Tom Morah, Hawk Conservancy Trust The work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the National Bird of Prey Hospital.