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Sewage Saturday

On Saturday 4th Sept from 11am, by the footbridge on Jesus
Green, Little Blue Dot will be floating a number of giant model poos
down the Cam to raise awareness of river pollution in Cambridge and across England. The idea is to have an event that’s funny, shocking and with a serious underlying message. See Twitter for updates: @lil_blue_dot

You are invited to take part:

1) Come and take photos and put them on social media
2) Hand out leaflets to passers-by
3) Join the procession along the river bank to accompany the floating sewage – music, dress-up, bring signs

The event is to highlight how bad river pollution is. Every single river in England is polluted beyond legal limits.

To find out more, including what you can do about this problem, go to:
Friends of the Cam https://www.friendsofthecam.org/
River Action UK https://riveractionuk.com/
Watch the film by George Monbiot at https://rivercide.tv

Volunteers wanted

The Museum of Zoology is looking for Visitor Engagement Volunteers, who are based in the galleries when they are open.

Visitor Engagement Volunteers play a valuable role in maintaining museum security during opening hours by supervising visitors in the galleries, and supporting the front of house staff. They

  • Provide a warm welcome to visitors
  • Interact with visitors in a helpful manner
  • Act as a guide to the Museum
  • Help with museum special events
  • Maintain security in gallery spaces and follow health and safety procedures
  • Participate in light cleaning tasks in the galleries
  • Support other volunteers

For more information and to apply visit https://ucm.volunteermakers.org/get-involved/museum-of-zoology/visitor-engagement-volunteer-museum-of-zoology/19/

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/

Talks restart 4th February

The spring programme of talks restarts on Thursday 4th February with a presentation on Bees, bee conservation and bee roads.

Bee roads: a flowery road verge

Rosie Bleet is Kent Wildlife Trust’s Pollinator Lead and she will introduce you to the diverse bee fauna of the UK, highlighting some species that you may encounter. She will talk about the “Bee Roads” project, working to restore and reconnect habitat for bees on road verges in north Kent.

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.

NatHistFest open

This year, 2020, we had hoped to organise the 101st Annual Conversazione but instead the first ever online NatHistFest is now open for viewing!

Four local organisations and ten individuals have produced exhibits covering a wide variety of topics but mostly with a local angle. Find out about the rare hoverfly found this year, some interesting facts about seasonal plants, the floras of road verges and urban streets and what local organisations have done despite lockdown, among other things.

Unfortunately, technology does not permit any hands-on displays, nor does the event offer the usual opportunities to chat with the exhibitors but we hope you will enjoy the online exhibits.

We hope it will be possible for the 102nd Annual Conversazione to revert to the traditional format with exhibits that can be handled and exhibitors to talk to, but at the moment it is too soon to know what will be possible or when.

The online NatHistFest will remain open into 2021 and late entries can be submitted until the end of December 2020.

Seasonal NatHistFest

As we were not able to hold its annual Conversazione and NatHistFest in April we are planning a small online Seasonal NatHistFest at 7:30 pm on 10th December 2020. This will take the form of short, 5 minute, talks, and a quiz. It will also launch the online NatHistFest on the new CNHS website.

Please email events@cnhs.org.uk if you would like to give a short talk – there will only be time for three or or four talks (by Zoom).

NatHistFest exhibits can be a set of up to six photos with captions or a poster in the form of a pdf. The subject of your display should relate to natural history but does not have to be seasonal or specifically Cambridgeshire. Each exhibit will have its own page on the website with the title of the exhibit, name of exhibitor and any other details you wish to make public. Photos and pdfs should be sent as files smaller than 5MB.

The NatHistFest will be ‘opened’ on 10th December and then remain accessible. As NatHistFest will remain open until at least the end of 2020, exhibits will continue to be added during December. Please send them to website@cnhs.org.uk as soon as they are ready so they can be added to the website, but they will not be made public until 10th December.

We look forward to seeing a great variety of displays!

The science of pollination Thursday 26th November

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.

Members will be emailed login details nearer the time. To join the Society click here, or contact webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk to be added to the email list for notification of events. Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages.