Natural HistoryMeetings: 4th Wednesday of each Month Group Leader: HilaryTelephone: 431853
The Natural History group includes bird watching, but titled thus gives us a wider scope.We are planning various visits to local wildlife hotspots over the next few months.
Natural History Group ~ updateOur group’s new format has been working well; each of us takes a turn to organise a trip or event and this helps spread the load. We have just had our post-Christmas meal/planning meeting at the end of January, with lots of idea and suggestions for things we can do or places to visit, down the year.John took us butterfly watching in July, to an area of woodland that was totally new to me, and to many others of the group I suspect, Hatch Hill, up behind the ‘Pipers’ pub. We were very lucky with our sightings, as he said in his write-up.We don’t hold an ‘event’ in August, largely due to school holidays.In September, Briggitte took over the organising of a trip to another new venue, Thorney Lakes, near Muchelney, which included a visit to potter John Leach’s pond and was followed by lunch at The Swan in Langport. The weather was glorious and really hot in the sun. It was so tranquil by the lakes, such a lovely change from the usual surroundings most of us experience. There were several fishermen trying their luck and we could see there were fish rising. We could hear lots of bird life in the surrounding trees but not many showed themselves, except an assortment of tits and ‘little brown jobs’. It was a bit busier on the water; a large heron flew in and a couple of moorhen were scudding about and calling.We were lucky with butterfly sightings, but not at all sure of our identification; could have done with John being with us!John Leach’s pond was much more enclosed by trees, with evidence of recent storm damage, lots of branches and twigs on the banks and in the water. We were a bit puzzled by the neatly nibbled remains of corn cobs lying around near the entrance to an adjacent field; human thieves eating them raw or squirrels, maybe? Guess we’ll never know!In October, a study day was advertised by Crewkerne U3A, about the Jurassic Coast, so a group of us went along as it sounded interesting. And so it was! We had a couple of talks by members of the Jurassic Coast Trust, great photos and graphics, plus good food.As the weather was deteriorating in November, June had offered to put on a film show about Yellowstone National Park. This was held at Woolavington Village Hall, fifteen of us turned up and enjoyed it very much, then we had an excellent lunch at the Knowle Inn.If you are interested in finding out more about us, please ring me on 01278 431853. If I’m not around, please leave a message and I will endeavour to get back to you.Hilary
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