Gordon Bristowe, Barnsley Naturalist and Scientific Society President for over 15 years, passed away early on the morning of Wednesday 6th February following time in hospital and a care home.
We remembered Gordon at our Barnsley Nats meeting on that Wednesday evening. He was our President for many years, a fount of knowledge on all aspects of natural history, and always ready to share his knowledge. Originally a ‘birder’ he developed a keen interest in all forms of plants. He surveyed a number of kilometre squares in Barnsley for the South Yorkshire Plant Atlas and contributed his extensive plant records to the Barnsley Biological Record Centre. Gordon was a keen and expert photographer and was instrumental in bringing the Society – and its members – into the digital age. He launched the society’s website, took care of all of the society’s equipment, and supported their use for digital presentations at meetings. We have many memories of Gordon and he will be much missed.
This next Wednesday, 6th February, at 7pm at Barnsley Town Hall, we have another evening in which different members give short presentations on any natural history topic they choose.
It can be anything – with images on the screen or just saying a little about something seen or heard about. It’s also an opportunity to bring something along to identify or provoke discussion.
Please come along and join in. Let us know what you would like to tell us about / show us – or let it be a surprise!
All welcome of course – with or without something to show!
At our last indoor meeting we had a presentation by Alwyn Timms on the wild life of South West Australia. Many thanks for the fantastic images and telling us about the risks the animals face.
‘Wildlife of South West Australia’, a presentation by Alwyn Timms, is taking place on Wednesday 23 January at Barnsley Town Hall at 7pm. All welcome.
We had a good turn out for the bat field visit. Our host, Rob Bell from the South Yorkshire Bat Group, was most informative. Giving us a insight to the bats roosting and breeding habits, as well as information on what their group does in monitoring and conservation.
Following on from the presentation in November by Rob Bell about local Bat roosts , he is leading us on a field visit to a roost on Monday morning 21st January. Rob is an ecologist and licenced for bat roosts.
We are meeting in the car park at Oxspring at 10.15am, ready to set off for 10.30am. We will be walking for a mile along the TPT and then down a bit of a rough footpath. The car park (SE 272019) is just a little down Sheffield Road from the Wagon and Horses Pub.
Please let us know if you intend coming.
Great visit to Old Moor on Saturday. 42 species in total. Thanks to Colin and Linda Graham for organising it!
A good crowd of people heard Ron Marshall talking about Chile yesterday evening at a Barnsley Nats meeting.
Lots of fantastic images of the landscape and wildlife with some great shots of a family group of pumas. Well done Ron.
The first indoor meeting in 2019 is a talk by Ron Marshall on Chile. Come along to Barnsley Town Hall on Wednesday 9 January at 7 pm.
The first outdoor meeting in 2019 on Saturday 12 January is a field visit to RSPB Old Moor, meeting in the Old Moor car park at 10.00 am. We are joining up with the local birdwatchers group led by Colin and Linda Graham.
The full programme will be posted on the programme page soon.
Barnsley Nats brings together people with an interest in the natural world in and around Barnsley. We like to learn about wildlife and all aspects of nature and to share knowledge and information. There is also a social dimension to our activities.
We have a programme of talks and field visits throughout the year. We will put more on this our revamped website soon