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.

For October 2017 through to March 2018 our programme includes a focus on the following topics:

The Gillingham Royal Forest Project - especially how target species may be encouraged in our area.

Fungi – identifying families and species – a field visit, workshop and talk.

Winter Birds – identifying ducks and waders and a visit to Langford Lakes Nature Reserve.

Climate Change – a talk, discussion and identifying its impact in our local studies.

Lichens of Ancient Woodland – a talk to build on our previous explorations in local woodland and last year’s survey of fungi as air pollution indicators.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from about 9.30am to 12.30

Make enquiries at any SGU3A general meeting

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Ancient History Art
Before Adam (Palaeontology) Bridge
Canasta Christian Controversies
Cosmology Day Trips
Digital Photography Embroidery 1
Embroidery 2 French for Fun
Garden Interest Genealogy
German Conversation Herbs & Natural Remedies
International History Italian - Intermediate
Literature Mah Jong
Middle Eastern History Music Appreciation
Natural History Painting for Pleasure
Patchwork & Quilting Quantum Physics
Reading Group 1 Rummicub
Scrabble Spite & Malice (Cards)
Table Tennis Western Philosophy
Writing for Pleasure