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

Peartree Green

Proposed Local Nature Reserve Peartree Green is a large open space on the eastern side of Southampton between Woolston and Bitterne, and bounded on the west by the Bitterne to Woolston stretch of the Southampton to Portsmouth railway. The higher ground to the east is grass land on a naturally acidic soil whilst the central

Events coming up

We have two events planned for November 2017 Рfirstly a fungus foray at the south of Southampton Common next Sunday starting at the Hawthorns Centre at 2pm and ending around 4pm, with an opportunity to visit the café at the end. The current forecast is quite dry and hopefully I will find time to

Alder Leaf Beetle Survey

PLEASE NOTE – This survey has now closed and future records should be made on this website or direct to iRecord.   One of our members has made the following request for more Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) records. Although they are common enough not to require all local records simply for distribution purposes, they

A little disturbed

At our latest indoor talk, Coastal Ranger Chris Lickley introduced the work of Bird Aware Solent in attempting to mitigate the impact of recreational activities – walking, cycling, dog-walking, watersports etc – on the over-wintering birds of the Solent Special Protection Areas. We would encourage all members and supporters of Southampton Natural History Society to

Chalk downs in Southampton

Or that’s how it seems when a micro-moth of the chalk ends up in Bevois Valley. Emptying a very meagre moth trap last night the one notable capture was a single¬†Cochylis hybridella. According to HantsMoths this micro is local on chalk downland, woodland on chalky soils and sand-dunes throughout much of southern England and southern

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

Late News

Hi all, We have a Field Meeting this coming Sunday 3rd April that was missed out of the events list but SNHS members are invited. The meeting is a botanical one, looking at urban, spring flora, and led by John Norton. Joint with the Hampshire Flora Group. The walk will take place along the Southampton

Hoverflies of Southampton

The new survey of Hoverflies of Southampton has recently been published and will shortly be circulated to members of the Society. The Southampton Natural History Society (SNHS) Hoverfly Project is the first recording project conducted by the society resulting in the production of a booklet since the shieldbug survey of 2007 (Southampton Natural History Society,

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