CNHS Diary 2022

All events subject to confirmation and pandemic restrictions. Many talks are still online. Please confirm with the organisers – links in list at end of diary events.

Cambridge Flora Group and CNHS field meetings are subject to whatever guidance is in force. Advance booking may be required for some meetings to ensure that appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Please keep your distance from others during the meetings, which you attend at your own risk.

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December 8 – CNHS Seasonal Social details to be emailed

December 12 – CGS talk Paleoclimateology from Snowball Earth to Anthropocene Dr Colin Summerhayes

Abbreviations, with links to the organisations’ websites where details of events can be found: 
ARUWS – Anglia Ruskin University Wildlife Society
BDS – British Dragonfly Society
BioSoc  – CU Biological Society
BSA – British Science Association, Cambridgeshire
BSBI – Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
CBG –  Cambridge Bryological Group
CBC – Cambridgeshire Bird Club
CBKA – Cambridgeshire Beekeepers’ Association
CCF – Cambridge Conservation Forum
CFG – Cambridgeshire Flora Group.  Meetings mostly start at 10am
CGS – Cambridgeshire Geological Society
CLG – Cambridge Lichen Group – contact Louise Bacon.
CNH – Cabinet of Natural History seminars
CPERC – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre
CPPF – Cambridge Past, Present & Future  Booking is usually required
CPS – Cambridge Philosophical Society
CUMS – CU Mycological Society
CUNS – CU Nature Society
CUWCS – CU Wildlife Conservation Society
CUPS – CU Physics Society  
CUSS – Cambridge University Scientific Society
CUVZS – CU Veterinary  Zoological  Society.
CVF – Cam Valley Forum
CWT – Cambridge city group of the Wildlife Trust
FoLM –Friends of Logans Meadow
FRRFD – Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke
FoCB – Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook
FoSC – Friends of Stourbridge Common
Froglife – Froglife
HFFS – Hunts Flora and Fauna Society
LNR – Local Nature Reserve.  These events may require booking..
SCFG – South Cambs Fungus Group
RC – Rivercare
RSPB – Cambridge RSPB local group
SHNH – Society for the History of Natural History
TC – Transition Cambridge
WT – other Wildlife Trust events

2022 Past events

January 1 – CNHS New Year Plant Hunt meet at 1pm outside West Door of Great St Mary’s
January 11 – Froglife talk Amphibian identification and ecology Emily Millhouse
January 20 – HFFS talk title to be announced
January 27 – CNHS talk A choice of topics Jonathan Shanklin
January 28-30 – Big Garden Birdwatch see
February 3 – CNHS talk The Bird Room at the Museum of Zoology Daniel Field
February 10 – CNHS talk Photographing the wonders of the insect world Ann Miles
February 14 – 21 National Nest Box Week
February 14 – CGS talk The geology of the Chilterns and the impact of HS2 Heydon Bailey
February 17 – HFFS talk title to be announced
February 24 – CNHS talk Peatbogs Brian Eversham
February 28 – CWT talk Discovering dormice Gwen Hitchcock
March 3 – CNHS talk Lower Wood Duncan Mackay
March 4 – May 24 Exhibition Julian Meredith Stapleford Granary
March 10 – CNHS talk Measuring and monitoring surface melting on an Antarctic ice shelf Rebecca Dell
March 17 – CNHS talk How many butterflies are there in the Western Palaearctic? Martin Davies
March 19 – CFG Fenland churchyards
March 24 – CNHS talk Fenland flora Owen Mountford
March 26 – HFFS AGM
March 28 – CWT talk Uncovering species’ ecology with novel surveys Silviu Petrovan
March 31 – CNHS Cambridge Festival talk Truffles in a warming world Ulf Buentgen
April 10 – CNHS field studies The Backs (booking required)until Apr 14 – Exhibition Fragile Planet – Watercolour Journeys into Wild Places The Robert Cripps Gallery, Magdalene College New Library.
April 24 – CFG excursion
April 25- CWT talk King’s College Wildflower Meadow Cicely Marshall
May 10 – CFG Histon set-aside
May 11 – SHNH conference Pioneer Naturalists: Champions of Conservation and Environmental Engagement
May 11 – Online talk The history of the chequered skipper Jamie Wildman Museum of Zoology
May 14 – CWT walk Trumpington Meadows Wildlife Trust nature reserve
May 18 – Online talk Pinning down the butterfly effect Galina Jönsson Museum of Zoology
May 19 – CNHS field studies (booking required)
May 21 – Concert in aid of RevIvel, Baldock
May 25 – Online talk How do butterflies help us understand climate
Professor Jane Hill Museum of Zoology
May 30 – CWT walk Bats at Byron’s Pool
June 1 – Online talk Cool as a caterpillar: the challenges and opportunities of researching across the life cycle Esme Ashe-Jepson Museum of Zoology
June 8 – CGS walk Fen Edge Trail landscape heritage walk. Booking required, see
June 8 – Online talk Extinction and re-establishment of the large
blue butterfly in Britain
Professor Jeremy A Thomas OBE Museum of Zoology
June 11 CWT walk Trumpington Meadows Wildlife Trust nature reserve
June 13 – CGS talk Brimham Rocks – Yorkshire’s answer to Cappadocia
Dr Reg Nichols
June 18 – CFG excursion Stanground Wash
June 18 – CGS walk Fen Edge Trail landscape heritage guided walk on the Isle of Ely
June 23 – CNHS field studies (booking required)
May 27 – June 30 – Cambridge Nature Festival
June 24/25 Cambridge University Bioblitz Cambridge University Botanic Garden
June 27 – CWT walk East Pit chalk grassland flowers
June 30 – CNHS excursion Magog Down
July 2 – ‘Brunch in the Orchard‘ Histon and Impington Community Orchard
July 21 – CNHS field studies (booking required)
July 24 – CFG excursion
July 25 CWT walk Glow-worms at East Pit
July 28 – CNHS excursion Wandlebury
August 3 – CFG excursion Guided Busway
August 28 – CNHS field studies (booking required)
August 29 – CWT walk Bat Walk at Paradise Nature Reserve
September 4 – CFG excursion Ickleton area
September 12 – CGS talk Metals in Magmas: tracking metal chemistry and magmatic processes in Indonesian volcanoes Dr Nick Barber
until Sept 18 – Exhibition Butterflies through Time Museum of Zoology
September 25 – CNHS field studies (galls and lichens) (booking required)
September 26 – CWT talk CANCELLED
October 1 – CFG excursion Reach and Tubney Fen
October 6 – CNHS talk What midges can tell us about past environments Stefan Engels – in person, David Attenborough Building
October 7 – FUTUREkaraoke: ‘Creatures’, poetry and other short writings (7-9pm, Anglia Ruskin University)
October 10 – CGS talk Darwin and the geology of the Galapagos Prof David Norman
October 13 – CNHS talk The archives of Cambridge Natural History Society Monica Frisch (online)
October 15 – Big Biology Day Hills Road Sixth Form College (10am – 4pm)
October 20 – CNHS talk 22 years of demonstration and research for nature-friendly farming Georgie Bray (online)
October 22 – University of Cambridge Green Fair (2-4pm)
October 23 – CNHS field studies (fungi) (booking required)
October 27 – CNHS talk Natural history from above Harriet Allen (online)
October 31 – CWT talk Mapping on Wildlife Trust reserves Jake Stone
November 3 – CNHS talk Mosquitoes in the Cambridgeshire fens: past, present and future Mark Welch in person, Department of Geography
November 10 – CNHS talk The Nature of Cambridge NatHistCam (online)
November 14 – CGS talk Natural hazards turning into disasters Dr Ekbal Hussain
November 17 – CNHS talk Operation Turtle Dove Bethany Kiamil
November 18 – Cambridge Literary Festival talk George Monbiot
November 19 – Cambridge Literary Festival talk Mya-Rose Craig (Birdgirl)
November 20 – Cambridge Literary Festival talk Seirian Sumner (on wasps)
November 24 – NatHistFest launch (online)
November 27 – CNHS field studies (bryophytes) (booking required)
November 28 – CWT talk Burying beetles Andrew Catherall
December 1 – CNHS talk Insects in flight John Brackenbury – in person, Department of Geography