The next talk will be given by Hamish Symington. He points out that around a third of our food depends on pollinating insects, but they are in decline, while the global population is estimated to hit 10 billion by 2050. In his talk he explores how food relies on insects, and how research at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge aims to make flowers more efficient at being pollinated.
The talk is ONLINE via Zoom from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
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The Cambridge Group of the Wildlife Trust BCN announce that they will be starting a series of online talks later this month. These will be hosted over Zoom and cost £2.50 for all Wildlife Trust members and £4.00 for non-members, with all profits going to the Wildlife Trust. The first talk will be on Monday 23rd November, starting at 7.00pm and is titled “Online talk: The NatHistCam Project, with Mark Hill“.
You will need to book this in advance via the Wildlife Trust BCN events page. Mark will explore some of the new findings of the NatHistCam Project around Cambridge. NatHistCam was set up in 2016 to study the Natural History of Cambridge. From 2016 to 2019 the project recorded and collated data on a wide variety of organisms, including mosses, vascular plants, birds, butterflies, moths, dragonflies and mammals. It also surveyed the weeds of Cambridge gardens and the plants growing in streets and on walls. We are now writing up the results and this talk will give a flavour of what we found!
Mark Hill came to Cambridge in 1946 and can remember when the New Bit of Coe Fen was covered in Nissen huts to house the families of Polish airmen. He is a botanist and ecologist with a particular interest in mosses. He was president of the Cambridge Natural History Society from 2014 to 2016 and during that time proposed that we should study the natural history of the city.
The next talk will be on Thursday 12th November from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Helen Moore will talk about some of the plants found in your garden which you might not thought of as being poisonous, wild plants which may be eaten or touched in error with harmful effects, and plants used in herbal/traditional medicines some of which have given rise to therapeutics used today.
ONLINE via Zoom. Members will be emailed login details nearer the time.
The CNHS AGM will continue on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm by zoom.
When you join you will be put into a “waiting room” and will not be allowed in until shortly before the AGM starts. When you are let in your audio and video will be off. Please do not try and switch them on, as this may interfere with the sound for participants who have low bandwidth connections. If you are a regular zoom user make sure that you are on the latest version – you can check for updates when you click on your icon in the top right corner – the latest version is 5.3.2. It will be possible to ask questions, either by using the “chat” feature, or by “raising your hand”, which can be done through the “participants” button at the bottom of the screen. When asked for your question your sound and video will be set to on for the duration of the question. If the attendance is low, audio and video will be switched on for all.
This meeting continues the AGM adjourned from 2020 April 30 and covers the year 2019 April to 2020 March. It is intended that the verbal reports will be no more than 200 words and the written reports are at ‘About CNHS‘ with password protection. The two reviews will be illustrated with images of or from events. Members are welcome to nominate additional members to the Council as there are several vacancies.
Apologies – these can be sent to Jonathan Shanklin by email Minutes of the 2019 AGM General Secretary’s report – Post vacant Membership Secretary’s report – Simon Mentha pp Hilary Pounsett Programme Secretary’s report – Post vacant Publicity Secretary’s report – Post vacant Treasurer’s report – Simon Mentha Election of Council and Officers. These are currently : Officers President: Duncan Mackay Vice President: Kevin Hand Vice President, General Recorder, Webmaster until new website launched: Jonathan Shanklin General Secretary, Publicity Secretary: Vacant Membership Secretary: Hilary Pounsett Programme Secretary: Vacant Treasurer : Simon Mentha Archivists: Monica Frisch (also Conversazione/NatHistFest Organiser), Henry Tribe Zoological Recorder: Toby Carter Botanical Recorder: Charles Turner Elected Members Harriet Allen Sam Buckton Anita Joysey Paul Mardon (Facebook Promotion, Assistant Conversazione Organiser) John O’Boyle CUNS & ARUWS representatives Sophia Upton (Anglia Ruskin University Wildlife Society) Alice Edney (Cambridge University Nature Society) Illustrated reviews Review of the outdoor events – Jonathan Shanklin President’s review of the Year – Duncan Mackay The new web pages – Monica Frisch AOB
The next online talk is on 22nd October when Roy Atkins, a guide with Speyside Wildlife based in the Cairngorms National Park, will give a talk on “Highland Wildlife” during which he will talk about and show pictures of the special birds, mammals and other wildlife of the highlands of Scotland.
We have continued with limited CNHS field studies over the summer, but these have been restricted to a group of six, so CNHS members have had first call.
With the restriction on numbers for events, regular notification of them only goes to members, so do consider joining the CNHS.
The restrictions will mean that there cannot be any CNHS meetings at the DAB this autumn, and we are planning zoom meetings as an alternative. Again these may need to be limited to members only.
The latest edition of Nature in Cambridgeshire was published in June and contains a wide range of articles and reports on local natural history. These cover microfungi, flora and bryophytes and the Devil’s Ditch, Fen Ragwort, Spotted Flycatchers, Adders and Slow Worms, Coe Fen, the Violet Carpenter Bee and Arthur’s Meadow amongst other topics. See http://www.natureincambridgeshire.org.uk/index.html for information about the publication.
The latest detailed Government guidance unfortunately means that meetings in May cannot go ahead. This means that the visit to Coton Countryside Reserve on May 27 is cancelled. CNHS will review the position again in June to see if the next meeting can go ahead or not.