Diary of events 2024

This listing has been compiled from a variety of sources. As there may be last-minute changes, checking with the organisers is recommended. There are links where appropriate with the event and in the list of organisations at the end of the diary.

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26 February 6:15 for 7:00 p.m. CWT talk Nine Wells: A haven for farmland birds John Meed; David Attenborough Building. £3.00 for Wildlife Trust members, £4.00 non-members

29 February 6:45 p.m. CNHS talk Otters – in Cambridgeshire Peter Pilbeam; David Attenborough Building

7 March 6:45 p.m. CNHS talk Phenology in Botanic Gardens Rose Fricker; David Attenborough Building.

11 March 7:30 p.m. CGS talk The interpretation of the periglacial landsystem through LiDAR Dr David Giles; St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JE £3 for non members

14 March 7:30 p.m. CNHS talk What and where I record Jonathan Shanklin; online by Zoom

21 March 7:30 p.m. CNHS talk Moth trapping in Cambridge Duncan Mackay; online by Zoom

23 March CFG South-east Cambridgeshire churchyards details to be confirmed

25 March 6:15 for 7:00 p.m. CWT talk The changing background of conservation; Matt Jackson. David Attenborough Building. £3.00 for Wildlife Trust members, £4.00 non-members

7 April CNHS field studies details to be confirmed

8 April 7:30 p.m. CGS members evening St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JE £3 for non members

15 April 5:30 p.m. CWT Tour of Jesus college wildlife Rhona Watson and Lee de Grammont

16 April CFG excursion details to be confirmed

19/20 April CNHS 105th Conversazione and NatHistFest

29 April 6:30 for 7:00 p.m. CWT talk Young Peoples Forum; Laura Allen. David Attenborough Building. £3.00 for Wildlife Trust members, £4.00 non-members

9 May 6:45 CNHS AGM and talk Wicken Fen: 125 Years of Conservation Ajay Tegala; David Attenborough Building.

11 May CFG visit to Hope Farm details to be confirmed

13 May 7:30 p.m. CGS talk Potential for carbon dioxide sequestration in volcanic rocks of the North Atlantic Igneous Province Dr Simon Passey; St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JE £3 for non members

16 May CNHS field studies details to be confirmed

27 May 7:00 p.m. CWT guided walk Bats at Byron’s Pool. Anita Joysey and Dave Seilly

9 June CGF excursion details to be confirmed

10 June 7:30 p.m. CGS talk My favourite fossils at the Sedgwick Museum Rob Theodore; St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JE £3 for non members

13 June CNHS field studies details to be confirmed

20 June CFG excursion details to be confirmed

24 June 7:30. CWT Guided walk East Pit chalk grassland flowers. Anita Joysey and Dave Seilly

29 June 11:00 CWT Tour of Trumpington Meadows Rebecca Green

8 July 6:00 p.m. CWT Tour of Clare College Gardens Kate Hargreaves and John Mears

9 July CFG excursion details to be confirmed

18 July CNHS field studies details to be confirmed

29 July 10:15 p.m. CWT Guided walk – Glow-worms at East Pit. Anita Joysey and Dave Seilly

3 August CFG excursion details to be confirmed

5 August 6:00 p.m. CWT Tour of Bramblefield Nature Reserve Vic Smith.

18 August CNHS field studies details to be confirmed

26 August 8:00 p.m. CWT Evening Bat Walk at Paradise Nature Reserve Anita Joysey and Dave Seilly

31 August CFG excursion details to be confirmed

8 September CNHS field studies (galls) details to be confirmed

21 September CFG excursion details to be confirmed

6 October CNHS field studies (fungi) details to be confirmed

12 October CFG excursion details to be confirmed

3 November CNHS field studies (bryophytes) details to be confirmed

Abbreviations, with links to the organisations’ websites where details of events can be found: ARUWS – Anglia Ruskin University Wildlife Society
BDS – British Dragonfly Society
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
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

PAST EVENTS

30 December 2023 – 2 January 2024 BSBI New Year Plant Hunt

1 January CNHS/CFG field studies Coton Footpath
8 January 7:30 p.m. CGS talk The Northwest Highlands Controversy – How one man’s ego held back science Dr Reg Nicholls; St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JE £3 for non members [changed from 15 January]
25 January 7:30 p.m. Pure Clean Water – the film Storey’s Field, Eddington Tickets £5
26 – 28 January RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
29 January 6:15 for 7:00 p.m. CWT AGM & talk Future landscape management initiatives: implications for invertebrate conservation Brian Eversham; David Attenborough Building. £3.00 for Wildlife Trust members, £4.00 non-members
5 February 6:00 p.m. POSTPONED Cambridge Antiquarian Society talk Rewilding’ Later Prehistory: Archaeological Wildlife and its Role in Contemporary Nature Recovery Dr Anwen Cooper; Law Faculty, The David Williams Building, Sidgwick Site, West Rd
8 February 6:45 p.m. CNHS talk Pollinator conservation and your lawn Morgan Morrison; David Attenborough Building.
12 February 7:30 p.m. CGS talk Ediacran fossils in Namibia Dr Alex Liu; St Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JE £3 for non members
15 February 7:30 p.m. CNHS talk Habitat associations of British butterflies and their foodplants: implications for conservation Esme Ashe-Jepson; online by Zoom
22 February 6:45 p.m. CNHS talk Indonesia, Alfred Wallace and Krakatoa Olwen Williams; David Attenborough Building.