Hedgehogs – A Prickly Pair

Some more video diaries (hedgehogs this time) from Cath Corney’s garden in Woolston. She asks what these hedgehogs might be doing…. And it looks like the mating dance between male and female. A female hedgehog will keep a male at nose length in this spiny pirouette until she has made up her mind this is

The harlequin of orchids

10 people arrived on a mild, dry evening for a short walk around St Mary Extra (aka Butts Road Cemetery) lead by Cath Corney. Cath gave a brief history of the Cemetery established in 1879 under Itchen Urban District Council, which was later taken over by Southampton City in 1922. This walk was primarily to

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

Fox News

Mexican standoff in a Woolston Garden courtesy of Cath Corney. If you have interesting video or still images from your garden that you would be willing to share, let us have them.  

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

March hares

A group of 12 Southampton Natural History Society members had a successful field meeting on 25 March 2018 (9.05am and 12.15pm) looking for Brown Hares. This meeting followed the regular Brown Hare transect (shown in yellow on the map below), that Andy and Linda Barker do each year, along the bridleway from Farley Mount (junction

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

Meet the Rangers at Weston Shore

Join the Bird Aware Solent rangers and the Friends of Weston Shore to see the amazing birds that fly here every winter from as far away as the Arctic. They’ll be here to celebrate the bird life of this special stretch of coast; they can show you the birds of Weston Shore, with nature spotter sheets for

Official Launch of Peartree Green LNR

Launch Event to Celebrate Local Nature Reserve Status Members of Southampton Natural History Society are invited to the official launch of Peartree Green Local Nature Reserve on Saturday 7th April. The Friends of Peartree Green are pleased to announce that Peartree Green has been declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and is the third LNR

Batty about bats

The exceptionally high quality of illustrated talks given to Southampton Natural History Society was maintained by the recorder and Chair of Hampshire Bat Group, Nik Night who faced little opposition in describing bats as superheroes of the night. In an extremely interesting and well structured talk, Nik Night covered an enormous amount of information from

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