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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.
To be added the mailing list for events email webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk
To become a member see details on the website: www.cnhs.org.uk

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.

Change of speaker 22 Feb

The details of the Cambridge Group of the Wildlife Trust talk on 22nd February have changed. Due to a family illness, the speaker has asked to postpone her talk on ‘Can biodiversity make children happy?’ It will take place now on 24th May 2021.

Instead Dr Ed Turner will present “Good crop, bad crop – can oil palm become more sustainable?” at 7:00 p.m. on Monday 22nd February.

Oil palm has often been in the press because of its negative impacts on biodiversity, particularly in some of the most biodiverse regions in the world. However, the crop is also important for the livelihoods of millions of people and has a much higher yield per area than other vegetable oil crops, meaning that more oil can be produced from a smaller area. Join Ed Turner to learn more about the work his group is doing to investigate ways that oil palm can be grown with lower environmental cost, and to discuss whether oil palm can reduce its negative impact on the environment.
 
Tickets for Ed’s talk are available from the Wildlife Trust website: www.wildlifebcn.org/events/2021-02-22-online-talk-good-crop-bad-crop-can-oil-palm-become-more-sustainable

Monitoring bats at the CUBG 11 Feb

The second talk in the CNHS spring programme will be on Thursday 11th February 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Chantal Helm, who is responsible for Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s work with Further and Higher Education students including supporting students to carry out research projects in the Garden, will talk about bat monitoring taking place onsite and plans for the future. She also coordinates the annual Bioblitz event at the Garden as well as other surveying and monitoring projects onsite and is a bat ecologist in her spare time.

Flying Pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) action shot of hunting animal in natural forest background. This species is know for roosting and living in urban areas in Europe and Asia.

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

Membership costs only £6 (£5 if paid by standing order) and all members will be sent the zoom links for the talks. See our membership page for full details of the benefits of membership and how to join.

To receive information on CNHS events, 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.

Poster for the talk.