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Indoor Meetings Programme: October 2018 – April 2019


********AGM - Saturday 5th January 2019******

2pm for 2.15pm in the Elwin Room, at the BRLSI


Evening Meetings at the BRLSI. Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start



Monday 1st October 2018 – Peter Marren - ‘Chasing plants. The pursuit of our native and established wild flowers: pleasure, pain and the unattainable’

Peter Marren aka ‘Twitcher in the Swamp’ (British Wildlife) is a prolific and well-known author and journalist, whose works include ‘Chasing the Ghost’ (the subject of this talk), ‘Bugs Britannica’, ‘Rainbow Dust’ and ‘Where the Wild Thyme Blew. 


Tuesday 6th November 2018 – John Bebbington FRPS - ‘Identity Theft – Mimicry in Insects’

From a very early age John has been fascinated by insects, particularly lepidoptera, and their behaviour. More recently he has looked at the strategies used by insects to avoid predation, and will be illustrating and discussing these in his talk.


Monday 3rd December 2018 – Dr Tim Rich - ‘Collecting seeds for the Millennium Seed Bank the difficult way’ 

Dr Tim Rich is a well-known botanist with particular interests in apomictic groups such as hawkweeds and whitebeams. During 2016 and 2017, he collected seeds of difficult plants such as hawkweeds and dandelions for the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The talk describes some of the ups and downs of the work and asks who is responsible for conserving some of our rarest endemics.   


Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Professor Matthew Wills - tba


Monday 4th March 2019 – Lydia Blake - ‘Greener Greenways- Wildlife on the National Cycle Network’

Lydia has a background in urban conservation and nature reserve management, and joined Sustrans in September 2017 having worked for London Wildlife Trust and Thames Water for several years. Sustrans is the organisation making it easier for people to walk and cycle, and we founded the National Cycle Network, 14,000 miles of traffic free path and quiet roads that criss-cross the country. Greener Greenways is a project looking to conserve, record and enhance biodiversity and habitats on our traffic free routes so the routes function as ecological corridors and networks able to connect wildlife as well as people. Lydia will talk about the project on a national and local scale, and about the local Greener Greenways of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, Bath Two Tunnels and Colliers Ways routes


Tuesday 2nd April 2019 – Mike Bailey - ‘Keeping Track of Bird Life’

Mike has been bird-ringing, mostly at Chew Valley Lake, for 40 years. Here he brings his rich depth of experience to bear on a discussion of developments in bird ringing from the use of Heligoland traps to the arrival of mist nets to the use of various tracking methods and genetic analysis.


Afternoon Workshops at the BRLSI from 2pm to 4pm (N.B. NEW VENUE)


Tuesday 13th November 2018: Wildlife Recording: Rob Randall

This workshop will serve as the official launch of the Bath Wildlife database and provide a demonstration of how to enter records and photographs. Rob will also explain what happens in the background, and what volunteer effort is required to ensure it is maintained and regularly updated.


Tuesday 15th January 2019: Bryophyte Ecology: Marion and Alan Rayner

Different habitats can (to some extent) be home to predictable suites of moss and liverwort species which can help greatly when learning to identify these intriguing plants. So for this workshop we will be considering some common local habitats such as trees, dry stone walls, limestone grassland, woodland banks, lawns, tarmac etc and looking at what we can expect to find there. Bring a hand lens if you have one. If you bring specimens please make a note what habitat they were growing in.



Indoor Meetings Programme: April – September 2016




Evening Meetings at the BRLSI. Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start



Tuesday 5 th April 2016 – Dr David Goode – Wildlife of the Camargue


David Goode, a member of the Society, will be known to many as an urban specialist, but here he returns to an earlier life as a wetland ecologist to tell us about the wonders of the Camargue based on a visit he made last year. Not just the famous black bulls and white horses but a wealth of birds, plants and insects that make this one of the most exciting nature reserves in Europe. His talk will be illustrated with photos of everything from little bitterns and lesser kestrels to great white egrets and a multitude of greater flamingos.


Tuesday 6 th September 2016 – Marion Rayner – The Natural History of Smallcombe Cemetery

Marion will present the results of biodiversity surveys made by members of Bath Nats at Smallcombe Cemetery, in support of the Heritage Lottery Funded Restoration project there.



Daytime Summer Workshop in The Percy Hall, United Reform Church, Grove Street from 2pm to 4pm


Tuesday 21 st June: Grasses: Rob Randall


Rob will guide us through the different genera of grasses and the parts used in their identification. Please bring fresh specimens and a hand lens at least 8x or 10x. Hubbard's 'Grasses' is the recommended field guide. This Penguin paperback is still in print and is often available in charity shops. The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland have recently published a more exhaustive field guide.


Weather permitting, following the workshop there will be an optional visit to Bathwick Meadows to see grasses in the field!


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