On Saturday 1 May, Debbie Carter will be leading a water vole survey on the banks of the River Nadder.
Of course this will be COVID-safe.
Young people under 21 have priority for YNW events but adults are also welcome if numbers allow. If you'd like to join, email email@example.com
Lots of events in the April members' newsletter , including the opportunity at 6pm on April 2nd, this Friday, to hear and learn about he night sky in a “Space Travel online experience” with Steve Tonkin who has the grand title (it could come straight from Star Wars) of Dark Sky Advisor to the Cranborne Chase AONB.
Truth to tell, Steve has a life-long passion for astronomy that alerted him to the effects of light pollution, and works to consolidate and strengthen the standing of Cranborne Chase as an International Dark Sky Reserve.
This is a Young Nature Watch event, but all our members are welcome (and non-members, too, if you pay a visitor fee) – just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of you may have already seen the announcement on Facebook, that at the invitation of Gareth Harris, Ines wrote a piece for the Wiltshire Mammal Group newsletter, which can be read here
You'll find the article on page 9 - if you get there, because there are lots of lovely articles in the newsletter on your way there. Ines writes about the YNW Harvest Mouse Nest Survey and the Owl Pellet day.
You can view and download this year's programme of activities here.
- and don't we need those!
YNH celebrates the first day of Spring on Sunday, 21 March by getting down to earth with a Toad Patrol on Swallowcliffe Down.
I love my toads! Very much welcome in my garden, seeing off slugs both great and small as in this photo. I realised why that excellent dish Toad in the Hole was so named, when I found one hunkered down in his hole at the base of a rose.
For details of that event and all the rest up to February 2022! the full programme is here. Don't forget that adults are also very welcome, although numbers can be limited and Young Nature Watchers will therefore have priority. But contact Ines on email@example.com - nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Have a great year!
January is famously catch-up time for sins of omission the previous year and I can only apologise and indeed regret, that I didn't publish these lovely photos that were entered for the photography competition in November.
Above are Izzy's winning photo on the left, and Shona's runner-up on the right. Below are two more entries, from Reuben on the left, and Lydia on the right.
I don't envy the judges their task, I think they're all lovely!
We wish you a happy new year and we would like to invite you to our first activity this year, which will be a partly guided, partly self-guided, twig ID competition during the second half of the month. Please note that you can participate in different ways and you can attend only some of the numbered steps below if you wish so.
#1. Training session: Online (Zoom), Saturday 16th January 10-10.30 am. We will teach you how to identify key tree or shrub species in winter. We will have a handout to complement the session and for those who are interested but cannot make it. We will set up a challenge for you to complete for #2.
#2. Self-guided twig hunt: With the help of the resources we will provide you with, you are welcome to undertake a twig hunt at a location of your choice (remember, if you are going out of your garden, this needs to be part of your daily time out for exercise) anytime between the 16th and the 31st of January (before #3).
#3. ID verification session: Once you have collected your twigs for the challenge, join us on another online (Zoom) session on the 31st Sunday 4-5 pm to have your twigs verified. We will select a winner for the competition.
If you are interested in this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that Ines can send you the relevant information, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
Our Owl Pellet Dissection workshop on 13 December was a great success - go to our Facebook page for more details and photos of that.
As you can imagine, we had to transform our events into something appropriate to the new government regulations. However, this didn't mean we cancelled them!
Our Autumn leaves and fungi walk, was transformed it into a self-guided walk. The plan was to take lots of pictures of fungi and share them with us afterwards!
For photos of winning entries go to our Facebook page.
As always, contact Ines at email@example.com if you need help.
Page header design by Izzy Fry.
You can view and download the full programme of this year's activities here.
Young TNHS is for under-21s and membership is free. To join and to register for events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
21 and over Membership is £10 p.a. for adults or £2 per event for guests. To join, email email@example.com.
Young TNHS is an historic development for the Society: Inés Lopez-Doriga, who last year gave a talk on The Archaeology of Plants, has now joined the Committee to lead the new group. And it is a huge bonus to us that she has been joined by Izzy Fry, whose blog is a riot of colourful photos of local wildlife.
Izzy has explained in the August Focus how she found us and what she and Inés are planning following the inaugural moth idenfiication meeting, to which over 30 people turned up.