Market Bosworth & District Natural History Society

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About us

The Market Bosworth & District Natural History Society is a group of very active local natural history enthusiasts.

The Society enjoys a comprehensive programme of both indoor and outdoor meetings. In addition the Society also monitors a wildflower meadow on Bosworth Park.

The Society was formed in January 1976 by twenty two local natural history enthusiasts. During the inaugural meeting it was agreed that the aims of the Society should be:-
• To cover every aspect of natural history, and cater for all interests.
• To hold monthly indoor meetings, and outdoor meetings wherever possible.
• To make detailed investigations, with records, of particular sites.

During the intervening years the Society has held closely to these aims and has grown to a current membership of around seventy.

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Contact us

Telephone: 01455 824148
Email: jncrowley@btinternet.com

 

Indoor Meetings 2022

Details of the 2022 indoor meetings are given below. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings start at 7:30pm and will either be held at St Peter's School or via Zoom depending on the Covid situation. Confirmation of the meeting details will be emailed to members shortly before the meeting. Visitors are asked to contact Prue Crowley (jncrowley@btinternet.com) to arrange for details to be sent to you.

For indoor meetings there is no charge for members (but there is an annual membership fee). Visitors are invited to make a donation, suggested amount £2.00.

Tuesday February 22nd
Birds of Thornton Reservoir, My Patch.

Andy Smith
There can’t be many people who know their patch better than Andy, over the years very little has escaped his eyes. Many of us visit Thornton Reservoir but now we can really know what to look out for.


© Peter Sykes
   

Tuesday March 15th
Florida

Matt Capper

Matt was RSPB warden for the Dearne Valley reserves and now works for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. He is a leader for Naturetrek, he has taken many trips to Florida.
Tonight’s talk is sponsored by Naturetrek.

   

Tuesday April 26th
Badgers.

Prof Pam Mynott

Pam led the Badger Group in Leicestershire and Rutland for many years. Come and enjoy her wide knowledge of this appealing mammal.

   

Tuesday May 17th
Local bird, butterfly, reptile and dragonfly challenges.

Andy Neilson

Andy moved to LRWT from Rutland Water so he has extensive knowledge of the four groups in this talk. Can you match him in finding five types of owls locally on a single winter’s day? Pick up tips on how you might track down the beautiful purple emperor.

   

Tuesday September 20th
Wildlife in Quarries.

Chris Hill

Chris manages the LRWT reserves in the Soar Valley Living Landscape including Cossington. Many of these sites are old sand quarries. Leicestershire has many different types of quarries so who better to describe their links to wildlife?

   

Tuesday October 25th
Mothing in North West Leicestershire

Margaret McLoughlin

Interest in recording moths is really on the rise. Margaret is one of these keen naturalists who concentrates her recording at Charnwood Lodge reserve and in the Whitwick area. There is so much to learn about these beautiful insects.

   

Tuesday November 15th
Where have all the wetland plants gone?

Geoffrey Hall

Geoffrey is the county recorder for botany in VC55. He has worked tirelessly to collect data for the upcoming plant atlas for the county. He has noticed changes in the wetland flora and asked himself what is happening.

   

Tuesday January 17th, 2023
AGM and Member's Meeting.

Members’ Evening Following a brief AGM and review of the year, we will enjoy a wide range of short contributions from members and then a bring and share supper.

 

 

 

 

Outings 2022

 All dates are provisional, the final details of each outing will be announced at the preceding indoor meeting, and emailed to members before the outing. Visitors are always welcome.

 

 

Saturday February 26th

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve
   

Saturday March 12th

Rutland Water
   

Saturday April 23rd

Ratby Burroughs
   

Saturday May 14th

Charity Fields, Desford/Allerton
   

Saturday June 25th

Herbert's Meadow
   

Saturday July 16th

Coalville Meadows
   

Saturday September 24th

Moths & Brunch and Mountsorrel Marsh
   

Saturday October 29th

Fungi Foray
   

Saturday November 26th

Alter Stones
   

 

 

Indoor Meetings 2021

Details of the 2021 indoor meetings are given below. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings start at 7:30pm and will take place via Zoom up to and including October 2021. Joining details will be emailed to members shortly before the meeting. Visitors are asked to contact Prue Crowley (jncrowley@btinternet.com) to arrange for details to be sent to you. Covid19 restrictions permitting it is hoped to return to meeting at St. Peters CE Primary School, Market Bosworth, CV13 0NP from November 2021 onwards. Please look out for emails, check NatureSpot or contact us for updates..
For indoor meetings there is no charge for members (but there is an annual membership fee). Visitors are invited to make a donation, suggested amount £2.00.

Tuesday January 19th: AGM and talk,
The North Coast - a Botanical Odyssey

Ian Evans MBE
A short AGM, followed by a fascinating introduction to the botany of Cape Wrath to the Caithness border, from the Society’s very first speaker.

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Tuesday February 23rd:
The Spiti Valley & the search for Snow Leopards
Janet Lancaster

A remote Himalayan valley, including a search for Snow Leopards.

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Tuesday March 16th: Beacon Hill
James Lovatt

Beacon Hill’s past, present and future.

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Tuesday April 20th: The Great Fen: not just 20 years old
Henry Stanier

The latest news of a 50-year project to create a huge wetland area between Peterborough and Huntingdon.
 
   
Tuesday May 18th: Northern Spain & Southern Morocco
Nick Crowley

An entertaining insight into the scenery and natural history of two wild areas of Europe.
 
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Tuesday September 21st: Fascinating Fungi
Ben Devine

An enthusiastic introduction to fungi by a Senior Nature Conservation Officer of the Leicester City Council.

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Note: This recording was made at an earlier event.
 
   

Tuesday October 12th: The Allerton Project
Dr. Alastair Leake

How to combine productive farming with wildlife conservation.

 
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Tuesday November 16th: Leics & Rutland Swift Partnership
Peter Williams
Aiding the conservation of Swifts in Leics & Rutland.

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Tuesday January 18th 2022: AGM & Talk, The Wonderful World of Spiders
Alan Cann

A short AGM followed by a fascinating introduction to spiders, a much misunderstood species.

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Indoor Meetings 2020

Details of the 2020 indoor meetings are given below. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings start at 7:30pm and will take place via Zoom. Joining details will be emailed to members shortly before the meeting. Visitors are asked to contact Prue Crowley (jncrowley@btinternet.com) to arrange for details to be sent to you.
For indoor meetings there is no charge for members (but there is an annual membership fee). Visitors are invited to make a donation, suggested amount £2.00.

Tuesday November 24th:
Yellowstone in the Fall (and Grand Teton)
Nick Crowley

The scenery, geology and especially the wildlife of this well-known National Park.

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Tuesday December 8th​:
The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project
Richard Baines

The story of an award-winning project to help European Turtle Doves in North Yorkshire, set up and led by Richard Baines.


© Richard Bennett
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