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 Winter Programme runs from September to April 20120 and includes themes on:
1. Winter Birds; observations in our gardens and a visit to a reserve
2. Winter Trees; identification from winter twigs
3. Poplar Trees; a study of species in this interesting family
4. Mosses and Lichens; observing the variety of forms of these groups of plants
5. Fungi; identifying species we find
6. Soil; variety in local soils and issues relating to agriculture and biodiversity
7. An introduction to spiders.
All of our meetings include some outdoor activity
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.
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