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Landscape heritage walk in Cambridge

On Wednesday 8th June at 2 pm, as part of the Cambridge Nature Festival, the Cambridgeshire Geological Society has arranged a walk from Castle Hill to the Sedgwick Museum. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome, but numbers limited so you need to book by contacting them.

This guided walk (3 miles easy walking, taking about 1.5 – 2 hours) starts high up on Castle Hill. It takes, you down through the heart of old Cambridge and traditional riverside grazing ‘fenland’, past historic buildings to finish at the world-famous Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

More information on this walk and the Fen Edge Trail series of (about 48) walks in Cambridgeshire is on the Fen Edge Trail website.

Butterflies Through Time

A new exhibition at the Museum of Zoology is using UK butterfly specimens from their collections to showcase the natural world and environmental change. It highlights the research that conservationists today are undertaking to reverse long-term declines.

For more information and to see details on every species – please take a look at Butterflies Through Time.

Associated with the exhibition is a series of online talks. Dates are in the Diary and see the Museum’s blog for more information.

The exhibition runs until 18th September and admission is free.

Museum opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4:30pm (last entry time 4.15pm).  Please check the website regularly as this is subject to change at short notice. Closed on Mondays.

The Convention on Biodiversity and Conservation in the Caribbean

The last CNHS talk this year will be on Thursday 2nd December when Ellie Devenish-Nelson and Howard Nelson will counter the cold day days of December by talking about the Caribbean.

In the lead-up to the UN Biodiversity Conference, they will consider the implications for conservation in the Caribbean of the Post-2020 Framework for the Convention on Biological Diversity. They will discuss how the opportunities for increasing protection of marine and terrestrial biodiversity presents a big challenge for this important island biodiversity hotspot.

The event will be by Zoom. Members and those on the CNHS mailing list will be sent the link for the meeting. To be added the mailing list, email webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk . To become a member, which brings further benefits, see our membership page.

A Trillion Trees 18th November

… a trillion reasons to thrive!

The next talk in the CNHS autumn programme is on 18th November when April Bagwill will introduce us to the Trillion Trees international collaboration. She will explain that it is not about planting trees but that their vision is to see one trillion trees re-grown, saved from loss and better protected around the world by 2050. She will talk about how this worldwide collaborative project aims to do this and to work towards a world where people and nature can thrive.

The talk is ONLINE via Zoom and will start punctually at 7:30 p.m.

Members and those on the mailing list will be emailed login details nearer the time. To be added the mailing list, email webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk

To become a member, which brings further benefits, see the website: http://www.cnhs.org.uk/membership/

4th November: Hobson’s Brook

The title of the talk on 4th November is Biodiversity of the Hobson’s Brook Corridor

Dr Steve Boreham will talk about the biodiversity of the area surrounding Hobson’s Brook, a chalk stream and historic water course that rises at Nine Wells springs. As a geologist, ecologist and Trustee of Hobson’s Conduit Trust, he will also discuss conservation initiatives and threats to this important green corridor that leads in to the heart of Cambridge City.

The talk is ONLINE via Zoom and will start punctually at 7:30 p.m.

Members and those on the mailing list will be emailed login details nearer the time. To be added the mailing list, email webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk

To become a member, which brings further benefits, see the website: http://www.cnhs.org.uk/membership/

28th October: A Choice

Jonathan Shanklin, the speaker for our next online talk, on Thursday 28th October, is well-known both to members of CNHS, being a past President and having been involved in the Society for many years. He is also known more widely as one of the team who discovered the ozone hole in 1985.

He is offering the audience a choice of titles:

  • Marvel at the Moon
  • The Flora of Antarctica (and South Georgia & Falklands)
  • The Natural History of Comets
  • An astronomer in Antarctica

Do join us for this talk on Zoom. Even if he does not give the talk you would choose, it will be informative and entertaining. He is an extremely knowledgeable speaker and able to speak authoritatively on all these subjects. He adds that “all will contrive to include mention of climate change and the ozone hole”.

Members and those on the mailing list will be emailed login details before the meeting.
To be added the mailing list for events email webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk
To become a member, which brings further benefits, see the website: http://www.cnhs.org.uk/membership/

October Field Studies

A small party of members met at Bryon’s Pool for the October field studies visit to Trumpington Meadows.  The weather was mild and whilst there had been a little morning rain the afternoon was dry.  Jonathan had done a quick recce and thought that there might be a struggle to find many fungi, but was proved wrong.  The report of this visit, and reports from previous visits to Trumpington Meadows are elsewhere on this website in the Trumpington Meadows 2021 Diary.

The next visit is scheduled for Sunday 28th November and will focus on bryophytes. CNHS members and those on the CNHS mailing lists will be sent details of meeting place and time.

Waxcaps at Trumpington Meadows

Wildlife Trust Cambridge Group talks

The Cambridge Local Group of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire has a programme of monthly online talks this autumn.

The first is on Monday 25th October 2021, when Keira Wingader will talk about “The natural history of the Dingy Skipper butterfly”.

On Monday 29th November 2021, Henry Stanier will give a presentation on “Stonechat research at the Great Fen”.

The December talk is earlier in the month than usual, on Monday 13th December 2021, when Iain Webb will talk about “Planning the return to in-person events”.

All talks are online at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are available through the Wildlife Trust’s events page. Tickets cost £3.09 for Wildlife Trust members, and £4.68 for non-members, of which £2.50 and £4.00 (respectively) goes directly to supporting the local Wildlife Trust’s work. 

Trees for Streets 14th October

The second talk in the CNHS autumn programme is this Thursday, 14th October 2021 when Simeon Linstead, the Project Director for Trees for Streets, will explain this scheme to get more trees planted in cities by encouraging local involvement, and why this is important.

Members and those on the mailing list will be emailed login details before the meeting.
To be added the mailing list for events email webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk
To become a member, which brings further benefits, see the website: http://www.cnhs.org.uk/membership/

Hunts FFS

Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society (http://www.hffs.org.uk/) have sent us details of their autumn programme. Please note the information regarding covid precautions.

Dates of forthcoming meetings

All the meetings will start at 7.30pm and will be held at the Countryside Centre at Hinchingbrooke Country Park in the Kestrel Room.

14th October – “Air Pollution and its Effects on Wildlife – the Answer is Blowing in the Wind”   by Gordon Wyatt.

Gordon will attempt to summarise and demystify the complex issue of air pollution; including how the pollutants of concern have changed over the years, and the growing scientific understanding of the various ways in which air pollution impacts upon wildlife.

18th November – Details to be confirmed, but probably Bats by Aidan Matthews

2nd December – Christmas meeting. Details to be announced near the time, so we comply with the latest Covid advice.

2022 meetings on 20th January, 17th February and 26th March – AGM are to be arranged.

Covid advice and restrictions

We have taken advice from various organisations and the NHS. We are therefore applying the following Covid restrictions at our winter (indoor) meetings.

We ask that you only attend if you have been double vaccinated and also ask that you wear a cloth face mask during the meeting. Clear visors are not acceptable. These are frowned upon by the National Health Service because they do not restrict air flow around the nose and mouth. The doors and windows will be open to allow circulation of air throughout the room. It is probable that the room will be cold with the air circulating, so wear adequate clothing to keep yourself warm. Chairs will be spaced apart, but couples who live together can move the chairs next to each other. There will not be any refreshments served after the meeting, so if you think you might need a drink please bring your own. You will be asked to leave the meeting as soon as possible after the talk has finished, so please minimise getting together in groups, especially indoors. 

Do not attend the meeting if you have received a positive Covid test within two weeks of the meeting. Do not attend the meeting if you have any symptoms that could relate to Covid: Headache, Sore throat, Continuous Cough, loss of taste or smell, a high temperature or generally feeling unwell. 

At present we plan to see how well the October meeting is attended and depending on how good the turnout is we will decide if we should continue with the following meetings. If the following meetings go ahead they will be subject to change, even at short notice, because the Covid and possible Flu situation can change rapidly. We want to keep members as safe as possible, so we will follow the latest guidelines issued at the time of each meeting. Members will be notified by e-mail to let you know if the following meetings are going ahead, so please check before each meeting just in case we have to cancel at the last minute.