Author: Mike Creighton

International Dawn Chorus Day

The first Sunday in May is International Dawn Chorus Day. What started as a 4am birthday party in the 1980s – hosted by naturalist Chris Baines in the Midlands – has now spread throughout the UK and across the world. And in a little bit of the New Forest 5 hardy souls braved the 1c

A Walk on the Wildside

Many of you will be members of, or at least know of, Plantlife. They say “Wild flowers , plants and fungi are the life support for all our wildlife and their colour and character light up our landscapes. But without our help , this priceless natural heritage is in danger of being lost. From the

Up with the Lark

When one of our longstanding friends said she wanted to go on a dawn chorus walk to find out more about the birds of an English spring, she had come to the right place. Jointly with Hampshire Ornithological Society (HOS) the Natural History Society was hosting a dawn chorus walk at Farley Mount. Being the

Butterfly Conservation 8th International Symposium

Attended by a few members of the Southampton Natural History Society, this Symposium recently took place over three days at Southampton University. Whilst many of the presentations dealt with climate change, conservation and landscape scale management, citizen science featured very heavily and demonstrated the value of the work organisations like Southampton Natural History Society achieve

One Man’s Marshes – the birds and birders of Keyhaven and Lymington

Many of you will know Ed Wiseman the former warden of Kehaven and Lymington Marshes. Now retired, he has written a history of the marshes which will be of interest to anyone who loves our coastal habitat. Ed Wiseman gives a fascinating account of the local folk, marshmen and fishermen and women who frequented the

Shrimping at Imber

The Ministry of Defence training ground at Imber village is occasionally open for members of the pubic to visit the village and, in particular, the church. More occasionally groups are allowed restricted access to explore the wildlife of the plain in the company an MoD ecologist. Last weekend both events coincided for Southampton Natural History

Who needs a selfie stick?

Some people to great lengths to get a snap of themselves. Jan went to very short lengths to get this somewhat (very) indistinct self-portrait on the back of a┬áScaeva pyrastri – pied hoverfly.

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