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 Spring - Summer 2018 Programme takes us from April to September and has three themes:

1. Gillingham Royal Forest Project – completing our Willow Tit Survey, and carrying out surveys of wildlife at some sites on the edge of Gillingham.

2. Orchids – learning about this complex group of native wildflowers and visiting sites to see a variety in flower in different habitats.

3. Dragonflies and damselflies – learning about the species we find on visits to different habitats.

Also we have the second talk on Climate Change and are organising a minibus trip to Gilbert White’s House in Selborne, Hampshire.

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

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Canasta Comparative Religions
Cosmology Day Trips
Digital Photography Embroidery
French for Fun Garden Interest
Genealogy German Conversation
Herbs & Natural Remedies International History
Italian - Intermediate Literature
Mah Jong Music Appreciation
Natural History Opera & Literature on Screen
Patchwork & Quilting Poetry & Play Reading
Quantum Physics Reading Group
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Travel - Holiday June 2019 Travel - Holidays Sept 2018
Western Philosophy Writing for Pleasure