Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities
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Butterflies & Books
14th Mar 2014
Talk, 7-8pm. Great North Museum:Hancock.
This year should see the publication of a major review of the butterflies of Northumberland and Durham, so it is perhaps a good opportunity to look back at butterflies in books through history.
The Society’s library has 137 items with the word “butterflies” in the title. By taking a quick tour through these, and others that we don’t have, we will see how butterflies have been portrayed in natural history literature and art over the past 500 years. We can also allow ourselves a brief celebration of some North-East Lepidopterists. One of the highlights of the evening will include a chance to inspect some of the fine illustrated works given to the Society by W.C. Hewitson.
Leslie Jessop is Chairman of the Society’s Library Committee and a former entomologist at the Natural History Museum in London.
Tour of the Great North Museum: Hancock Collections - Minerals
19th Mar 2014
2pm - 3pm
The Society has ½ million items in its collections from Dodo bones to Egyptian mummies and most of these are held in
special stores in the basement of Newcastle’s Discovery Museum. The museum curators have kindly agreed to lead tours of these collections exclusively for Society members. This is a fantastic opportunity to see material that is not on display and to learn about the items and their care first hand.
To mark the International Year of Crystallography join Sylvia Humphrey and Derek Teasdale to explore some of the Society’s mineral collections.
This tour is free but you must book in advance as numbers are limited. To book places please contact the Society office 0191 232 6386 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Britain’s rarest orchids
21st Mar 2014
Talk, 7-8pm. Great North Museum:Hancock.
Some of the most attractive orchids we have in this country are also the rarest. Several are restricted to a handful of localities in the south-east of England, on the edge of their European range. They include, for example, the manikin orchids (Military, Monkey and Lady) and Lizard Orchid as well as two of our four species of bee orchids. Further north, the Lindisfarne Helleborine is restricted to Holy Island and in Scotland, the Hebridean Marsh Orchid only occurs on North Uist, with a recent foray onto Berneray. These and others, including the Ghost Orchid and Lady’s Slipper Orchid, will be the subject of this talk.
Dr Colin Scrutton developed his interest in wild orchids following his retirement from the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University. He and his wife Angela travel widely to find and photograph orchids in temperate and Mediterranean environments across the World.
Black Grouse Lek & Upland Birds
26th Apr 2014
Location: Upper Teasdale
Thanks to the work of the North Pennines Black Grouse Recovery Programme our region is one of the best places in England to see these charismatic moorland birds. We will be visiting the site of a Lek (where large numbers of males try to attract females) which takes place in early morning. After watching this wonderful natural spectacle we will go on a short safari-style drive to look for other upland wildlife and then return to the Langdon Beck Hotel for a cooked breakfast, where we will also have a short film and talk about Black Grouse by Chris McCarty from Natural England.
For those who would like to, after breakfast we will go on a 3 mile walk looking for breeding waders, Ring Ouzel and other upland birds and plants
The cost for this event is £16, which includes a £5 donation towards the Black Grouse Programme and a cooked breakfast at the Langdon Beck Hotel (veggie option available). An £11 deposit must be paid in advance.
Please contact the Society Office to book by 28th March.
If you would like to stay overnight: Langdon Beck Hotel tel 01833 622267 (ask for Sue & book as B&B and explain you are on the Black Grouse Watch on the 26th so you don't get charged twice for breakfast) or Youth Hostel (1km away) tel. 01833 622228 (book bed only, don't order breakfast, have it at Hotel with the rest of the group).
Please do not book any accommodation until you have paid your £11 deposit.