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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Events coming up

We have two events planned for November 2017 – firstly 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…

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…