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Indoor Meetings Programme: April – September 2019


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



Tuesday 2nd April 2019Mike 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.

Tuesday 3rd September 2019Dan Merrett – ‘The Bathscape Project’

Following a successful development phase aided by Bathnats members, the Bathscape Landscape Partnership scheme has been awarded 5 years funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work on a suite of 25 natural heritage and people-based projects. Amongst the projects, the scheme is keen to encourage more surveying and better management of habitats in and around the city, particularly grasslands and woodland, as well as inspiring more people to become involved. Bathscape Manager Dan Merrett will discuss the scheme’s works to date, sites and species of particular interest in the area and the potential links with Bathnats and its members.

Evening Workshops at BRLSI, 7 pm for 7.30 pm


Thursday 25 April - Rob Randall - Mayflies and other river flies


Illustrated guide to Mayflies, Stoneflies and other insects with aquatic larvae. Where and when to look for them and an introduction to their chief identification features.



Thursday 27 June - TBA - Bats and bat detecting


There are more bat species in the Bath area than any other mammal, yet they are rarely seen except as ghostly silhouettes in the twilight. With a bat detector it is possible to identify them through their echo-location signals. If the weather is suitable, the meeting will be followed by a short bat-detecting walk.


Thursday 25 July - Rob Randall - Docks and Knotweeds


An introduction to the Dock family, which includes Knotgrasses, Knotweeds, and Persicarias. The leader will provide some specimens but please bring your own to ensure there are plenty to study. An 8x or 10x hand lens will be useful for seeing details used in identification. Francis Rose's Wild Flower Key and Keble-Martin's Concise British Flora are useful illustrated guides.


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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