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Indoor Meetings Programme: September 2017 – April 2018




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


Tuesday 5th September 2017 – Dr Jon Mortin – A Revised Flora of the Bristol Region

Jon is a Zoology graduate from Oxford University with a PhD in Palaeontology from Swansea. He has worked for Bristol Regional Environmental Record Centre (BREC) since 2002 as both an office-based volunteer and call out staff conducting ecological surveys of wildlife sites in the BRERC region. He will be telling us about the revised Bristol Flora project and how we can get involved.

Monday 2nd October 2017 – Dr Darren Mann – Dung Beetles

Darren Mann is an expert on dung beetles. He visited the BRLSI collection recently and there are two species represented in the collection, one of which is rare, Bath being one of only two known locations, and the other only ever collected near Bath. He is senior curator at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, www.oum.ox.ac.uk/collect/lifecoll1.htm.

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – David Brown – Camouflage, Warning Colours and Other Survival Techniques of British Lepidoptera

David Brown is a freelance lepidopterist who runs residential courses for the Field Studies Council and Adult Residential Colleges Association. He is the Warwickshire County Recorder for macro moths and Moth Conservation Officer.

He is the author of "The Larger Moths of Warwickshire".

Monday 4th December 2017 – Dr Alan Rayner – The Flow of Life

In his farewell presentation as Bath Nats President, Alan will speak about his lifelong scientific and artistic fascination with the diverse but recurring patterns in which life forms appear in the natural world. He will explain how this fascination led him eventually to develop a new evolutionary understanding of these patterns as myriad variations upon an underlying theme of receptive-responsive relationship between spatial stillness and energetic movement. The far-reaching implications of this understanding are described in his new book, published in April 2017. See http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319546056?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.BookAuthorCongrat

Tuesday 6th February 2018 – Professor Robert Kelsh – Fish, Bugs and Birds: Patterns at work and play

Robert is a distinguished developmental biologist who studies pigment cells and pigment patterns in zebrafish at the University of Bath. He is also an enthusiastic amateur naturalist, with a special interest in insects and bird-life. Here he reflects on how his amateur and professional interests inform and relate to each other.

Monday 5th March 2018 – Victoria Hillmann – Forgotten Little Creatures (and Flora) of Somerset and Wiltshire

Victoria was Wild Somerset Photographer of the Year in 2013. Her talk will be based on her exhibition at BRLSI, which showcases unique photographs on different mediums offering a new perspective on a range of often overlooked flora and fauna that are key to the continued well-being of rich biodiversity in the world today and into the future. The photographs will provide new images and insights to a world of wildlife in its natural habitat showcasing the diversity and wonder in a range of locations in Somerset and Wiltshire. This new focus on the lesser photographed species of our world will help widen people’s appreciation of a range of plants, insects, reptiles and other animals and help educate a greater audience in the critical role they play in the management of the environment.

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 – Dr Michael Wells – Biodiversity By Design

Mike co-founded Biodiversity by Design, a Bath-based international environmental consultancy, in 2006 expressly to engage in promoting truly sustainable exemplar development projects, multifunctional landscapes and global biodiversity conservation. Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He is the author of many papers and articles on ecologically informed design and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bath School of Architecture and Civil Engineering where he teaches examined courses exploring the relationships between ecology, masterplanning and architecture.


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


Wednesday 15th November 2017: Key Factor Analysis of Micromoths: Mike Bailey


Mike will introduce us to tracking through the different phases in a moth’s life cycle using the evidence that they leave behind in their food plants. The aim will be to quantify how many survive (and don’t survive) through each stage. Certain species, such as the leaf miners, make good subject for this type of study but are rather on the small side, so please bring a hand lens.



Tuesday 16th January 2018: Identification of Conifers: Paul Wilkins


Although there are very few indigenous species of coniferous trees in Britain, there are a great many species that have been introduced from other parts of the world into our gardens, parks and forestry plantations, which have a significant influence on natural biodiversity. Paul will help us to learn to identify the species that we are likely to encounter most commonly within and around Bath.



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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