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Creeping Thistle Rust Fungus

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire are running a trail to monitor the effectiveness of using Creeping thistle rust fungus Puccinia punctiformis to manage the spread of Creeping thistle Cirsium arvense on their nature reserve.

They would very much appreciate it if when you are out and about on a walk or talk you could have a quick look at the local creeping thistle and see if you can spot the Rust fungus in question.

If you do find it, please contact trumpingtonmeadows@wildlifebcn.org with good quality co-ordinates for the plants.

Details are in the attached document which will open in a new window.

CNHS AGM

The AGM takes place on Thursday, 17 June at 7:30pm by Zoom.

As well as the formal business of electing the Officers and Council there will be reports from the Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Programme Secretary and on the Conversazione and Website. In addition the President will present his illustrated review of the year.

CNHS members have been sent the Zoom link.

If you wish to join the Society, please do so and you will be sent the link.

NatHistFest 2021

It will come as no surprise that it was not possible to organise a Conversazione this spring. However, we are pleased to announce that plans for an online NatHistFest in November 2021 are being finalised.

Like last year’s NatHistFest, this will consist of a variety of exhibits on any aspect of natural history, presented as photos with captions, as a short PowerPoint presentation or as a pdf.

Details of the event and how to book an exhibit will be posted on this website, and emailed to those who have exhibited in the past, soon. In the meantime, do start thinking about possible exhibits and taking photos for them, now the days are longer and the weather improving.

Cambs Mammal Spot

CambsMammalSpot’ is a major new project from Cambridgeshire Mammal Group to record the wild mammals in Cambridgeshire. This is part of an overarching exercise being undertaken jointly with the Wildlife Trust. It aims to collect data on mammal signs and sightings to create a visual understanding of the population and diversity of the mammal species in the county, and particularly to determine their IUCN’s Red List status. It will increase knowledge of what species of wild mammals are where in Cambridgeshire and how many we have.

Cambridgeshire Mammal Group notes that we cannot hope to conserve and enhance the environment for our wild mammals unless we know what we’ve got, where they are, and how many we’ve got.

Two apps — MammalMapper (https://www.mammal.org.uk/volunteering/mammal-mapper/) and iRecord (https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/) will be used to receive records of wild mammals (alive and dead, native and non-native) however obtained – whether from sightings or signs or trail cams.  Anyone can join in — both apps have training built-in — expertise in tracks and signs is not necessary!  All the records will be shared, including with the Mammal Society and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre.

Links to further information are on the Cambridgeshire Mammal Group website: http://www.cambsmammalgroup.org.uk/

Wildlife and development:is there sufficient protection? 25 March

The last talk of the spring programme will be on Thursday 25th March from 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Kevin Hand, ecologist and wildlife travel leader, will talk about how to monitor “protected” UK mammals, what protection wildlife legislation is meant to provide and what really happens, and the lessons he has learnt from monitoring wildlife and meeting activists on the route of HS2. This talk should appeal to those interested in the ecology of our rarer mammals,and in how proposed rural development plans work on the ground.

ONLINE via Zoom. Members will be emailed login details nearer the time.
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Wild Reach 18 March

On Thursday 18 March, Dr Steve Boreham will talk aboutconservation and rewilding initiativesaround the fen edge village of Reach.

Talks this term will be presented by zoom and will start at 7:30 p.m.

All members will be sent the zoom links for the talks. If the talk is recorded members will be sent a link to allow them to hear it again or if they were unable to attend, at their leisure. Membership costs only £6 (£5 if paid by standing order). See our membership page for full details of the benefits of membership and how to join.

To receive information on CNHS events, including the zoom links, without the other benefits of membership, join the email list by contacting webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk to be added to the list. Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages.

Bringing back beavers 11 Mar

7:30 pm 11th March 2021

Josh Harris, a recent graduate from Cambridge now working for the Beaver Trust, will talk about beavers and how reintroducing them can restore our rivers.

Talks this term will be presented by zoom and will start at 7:30 p.m.

All members will be sent the zoom links for the talks. If the talk is recorded members will be sent a link to allow them to hear it again or if they were unable to attend, at their leisure. Membership costs only £6 (£5 if paid by standing order). See our membership page for full details of the benefits of membership and how to join.

To receive information on CNHS events, including the zoom links, without the other benefits of membership, join the email list by contacting webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk to be added to the list. Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages.

Wildlife Gardening: Myths and realities 4 March

The CNHS talk on Thursday 4 March will be given by Dr Steve Head. He is a founder Trustee of the Wildlife Gardening Forum (www.wlgf.org), the only charity dedicated to promoting the importance for biodiversity of domestic gardens.  Did you know that gardens are the most biodiverse habitat in Britain? Steve will present a general background on garden wildlife, and focus on some of the myths and misconceptions that have held ecologists and gardeners back.

Talks this term will be presented by zoom and will start at 7:30 p.m.

All members will be sent the zoom links for the talks. If the talk is recorded members will be sent a link to allow them to hear it again or if they were unable to attend, at their leisure. Membership costs only £6 (£5 if paid by standing order). See our membership page for full details of the benefits of membership and how to join.

To receive information on CNHS events, including the zoom links, without the other benefits of membership, join the email list by contacting webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk to be added to the list. Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages.

Botanical explorations of Haiti 25 Feb

Haiti is one part of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. Originally a French colony it gained independence in 1804, the earliest country in Latin America to do so. Although poorly known today, the flora was one of the first in the New World to be recorded due to the efforts of Charles Plumier, a French missionary and naturalist who visited the Caribbean in the late 17th century. He produced a manuscript with illustrations of over 6000 plants and animals that he encountered.

Paul Hoxey will report on a trip he made to Haiti in January 2017 to investigate the flora and especially the xerophytic vegetation including cacti, following in the footsteps of Plumier. He will illustrate the talk with some of Plumier’s illustrations together with photographs taken during the expedition.

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Talks this term will be presented by zoom and will start at 7:30 p.m.

All members will be sent the zoom links for the talks. If the talk is recorded members will be sent a link to allow them to hear it again or if they were unable to attend, at their leisure. Membership costs only £6 (£5 if paid by standing order). See our membership page for full details of the benefits of membership and how to join.

To receive information on CNHS events, including the zoom links, without the other benefits of membership, join the email list by contacting webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk to be added to the list. Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages.

Kings College Wildflower Meadow 18 Feb

On Thursday 18th February, the next CNHS talk will be by Dr Cicely Marshall, Research Fellow at King’s College. She will talk about the conversion of the King’s Back Lawn to a wildflower meadow, and the subsequent changes to its wildlife observed through ongoing monitoring activities.

Talks this term will be presented by zoom and will start at 7:30 p.m.

All members will be sent the zoom links for the talks. If the talk is recorded members will be sent a link to allow them to hear it again or if they were unable to attend, at their leisure. Membership costs only £6 (£5 if paid by standing order). See our membership page for full details of the benefits of membership and how to join.

To receive information on CNHS events, including the zoom links, without the other benefits of membership, join the email list by contacting webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk to be added to the list. Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages.