Our next indoor meetingwill take place on Wednesday February 20. Featuring a presentation by John Bowers entitled 30 years of Garden Wildlife.
John has recorded the wildlife – birds, butterflies, moths, bees and much more – in his garden in Headingley Hill for well over thirty years. His article in the YNU’s ‘The Naturalist’ – based on his records – supports the idea of the importance and richness of suburban gardens for wildlife and biodiversity.
He is a long-standing member of both Leeds Naturalists’ Club & Scientific Association and Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union.
Barnsley Town Hall, 7pm, Wednesday 20 February – all welcome.
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.