Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities
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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.