Shaftesbury & Gillingham

Natural History

The SGU3A Natural History Group is a small band of people enthusiastic about nature. We are a mix of near beginners and some with a degree of expertise who all enjoy learning together about many kinds of wildlife. We regularly observe birds, wildflowers, butterflies, trees, moths, grasses, bees, fungi, dragonflies and other aspects of the natural world.
Many of our meetings are fieldwork which is usually very local and planned to be accessible for all. There is inevitably an emphasis on identifying species, some in the group having enough expertise to help others, and we occasionally invite a specialist to inspire us to explore further. In this way we have recently been introduced to identifying bumblebees and learnt more about the life of bats. We have links with wildlife organisations in Dorset and sometimes contribute our findings to surveys.
Our 6 monthly programmes are planned together following up the interests of the group. There are topical and seasonal subjects and we aim to build on previous learning.

Our Summer Programme runs from April to September 2019 and includes themes on:

1. Amphibians and Reptiles and learning about British native species and observing examples
2. Managing habitats for biodiversity,
Woodland at Garston Wood (RSPB), The Stourhead Western Estate (with WBC),
Chalk Downland at Cley Hill (NT), Martin Down (HCC), Mere Down
Rivers, River Cale in Wincanton, River Stour in Blandford
3. Birdsong, Wildflowers and Butterflies characteristic each of these habitats
4. The Lime Tree and its natural history, social history and mythology

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from about 9.30am to 12.30 with an occasional all day trip a bit further afield.

Make enquiries at any SGU3A general meeting

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Canasta Community Radio
Comparative Religions Cosmology
Day Trips Digital Photography
Embroidery French for Fun
Garden Interest Genealogy
German Conversation Herbs & Natural Remedies
International History 1 International History 2
Italian - Intermediate Literature
Mah Jong Music Appreciation
Natural History Opera & Literature on Screen
Patchwork & Quilting Poetry & Play Reading
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Scrabble Spite & Malice (Cards)
Table Tennis Travel - Trips Sept 2019
Travel - Visit to Slovenia Sept 2020 Walking
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