Founded 1876

Northamptonshire Natural History Society

President
Mike Gibson
Secretary
CT Sampson

Current programme

All meetings across all sections

To show meetings for a specific section, please click the appropriate link below.

Section
Date
Where*
Details
Microscopy
Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
macro and micro fungi
by Mike Gibson and John Houghton. An introduction to these unique organisms followed by a practical session looking at samples under the microscope. Bring your own fungi if you can, or we can supply a selection on the night.
Photography
Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
judges – love ‘em or hate ‘em?
by Trevor Rudkin. One of our regular judges, Trevor will give members an insight into the parameters he uses when judging photo competitions. Followed with an interactive session where volunteers can have a go at judging his photos, or members can bring along a photo they would like comment on.
Geology
Thu, 19 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
scratch, fizz and streak
Minerals are the building blocks on which geology is built. Bob Purser will lead a practical introduction to mineral identification, using examples from our extensive mineral collection. No previous experience necessary. Bring a 10x lens if you can.
Special events
Fri, 20 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
the 2017 humfrey lecture: the odyssey of tommy atkins
by Andy Lound. We welcome back the very popular Andy Lound, this time with a historical presentation / performance. The story of the Great War as told through the eyes of a generic British soldier, Tommy Atkins, told in a series of letters and diary entries to his wife Alice. Highly recommended
Saturday Walks
Sat, 21 Oct 2017, 10:49
Out
bedford
We return to Bedford – perhaps to walk in the town’s park this time. Meet for SC 41 at 10.49am. Refreshments obtainable in the town
Botany
Sun, 22 Oct 2017, 11:00
Out
fungus foray and gall gallop
Old Sulehay Forest & Ring Haw Nature Reserve. Grid Ref. (Meeting place.) TL (52) 05.4 98.0 Directions:- From Wansford take road to Yarwell. On reaching cross roads at the village of Yarwell turn onto the Sulehay Road. Drive west for 1.2 Km/ ¾ mile. Where road takes a right-angle turn to the North there is a gate on the left. We have permission to drive through this and park in the Ring Haw part of the reserve. Gate is locked at other times, so please arrive early! Meet at 11.00am. Parking outside the reserve is limited. No facilities; bring lunch, wellies etc. Leaders Roger Warren and Seán Karley 01933-225397
Special events
Mon, 23 Oct 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
see 11th September
Special events
Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
secret world
Lowland England’s lichen communities are barely recognisable from the situation that existed a few decades ago. Almost every outing results in new county records. Lichens are misunderstood and under-recorded but beautiful and endlessly fascinating. Mark Powell of the British Lichen Society invites you to explore their surprising world. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Photography
Wed, 25 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
print competitions
Up to three entries per member per round for each of the four competitions. Monochrome General, Monochrome Portrait (Vic Seaton Cup), Colour Print (Jubilee Cup), Digital Art. Round 1 of 3
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 26 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Saturday Walks
Sat, 28 Oct 2017, 13:36
Out
hardingstone
Today’s choice for a walk is the village of Hardingstone. Meet for bus SC 7 at 1.36pm. Drinks available locally.
Astronomy
Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
meteorites
by Dr Vic Pearson of the Open University. The section welcomes back Dr Pearson for a talk on these sometimes spectacular visitors from our solar system.
Photography
Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
post shutter processing (1)
The first of two workshops by Dave Belton to demonstrate some more ‘Photoshop’ digital processing techniques. This week to include Stacking and Stitching. We will also use the evening to choose photos for the upcoming external photo competitions. Members are welcome to bring along for consideration any photos not yet entered in a competition.
Botany
Thu, 02 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
abnormal plants; plant teratology
Seán Karley covers some weird abnormalities which occur in plants.
Special events
Fri, 03 Nov 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
First Friday afternoon of every month, June to December. NBRC’s WILDside Project Coordinator, Ryan Clark, is a young naturalist, who is a mine of information on everything to do with wildlife identification. Bring him your specimens and photos at our meeting rooms (or email the latter to him at WILDside@NorthantsBRC.org.uk. He’ll either help you to a correct identification or find someone who can amongst local or national specialists. This meeting is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Special events
Sat, 04 Nov 2017, --:--
Out
collectors day. abington park museum
We have a stand at this event displaying some of the Society’s Collections
Saturday Walks
Sat, 04 Nov 2017, 13:02
Out
nether heyford
We start the month with a trip to Nether Heyford. Meet for bus SC D3 at 1.02pm. Drinks at the local hostelry
Special events
Mon, 06 Nov 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
We meet fortnightly to work on the Society’s Collections, cleaning and sorting them and making databases to facilitate use of them. No previous experience is needed, all are welcome. Have real “hands-on” pleasure with some fascinating objects.
Microscopy
Tue, 07 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
micro-organisms in your food – (1)
by Mike Asquith. The meeting is led by a very experienced professional from the food industry. An introduction to the rôle of bacteria and fungi in specialist foods, along with some edible examples.
Photography
Tue, 07 Nov 2017, 20:00
Out
three way challenge
The annual competition between Northampton C.C., Duston C.C., and ourselves. This year hosted by Duston CC at Duston Community Centre.
Special events
Wed, 08 Nov 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 08 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
northamptonshire
A fresh look at a collection of films about our county, including a famous film made by Anglia television at the time of the development of the new town.
Photography
Wed, 08 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
cornwall cup
A competition for members to submit natural history photos, as per PAGB rules. Up to three projected images per member per round. 1 of 3
General
Thu, 09 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
intriguing glimpses from the 1940s
some nostalgic documentary footage of the Ayrshire countryside, Cambridge University and Kew Gardens.
Astronomy
Sat, 11 Nov 2017, --:--
HR
60th anniversary of the nnhs astronomy section
An all day meeting at our rooms. Full programme will be released by our President Nick Hewitt nearer the time.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 11:49
Out
olney
We never tire of visiting Olney! Meet for bus SC 41 at 11.49am. The town offers a choice of venues for lunch.
Astronomy
Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
Visitors and guests welcome. A meeting of member contributions on various astronomy themes. Your chance to show the section observations you have made, equipment you are using or anything else that has interested you enough to share it with the section. If you have a special interest and would like to participate as a speaker please let the secretary know beforehand.
Meteorology
Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 14:00
HR
maritime meteorology
Today we will be joining the Royal Meteorological Society on-line for a meeting from Trinity House. Weather information for the marine environment is used for a very diverse range of activities. A variety of presentations, from providers and users of weather information. The topics addressed will include weather forecasting, calculation of met ocean design criteria and the requirements of legal and insurance professionals.
Photography
Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 19:30
Out
badby challenge cup
The annual competition between nine local camera clubs. An occasion to enjoy other club’s work and to discover how well our photographers measure up against them. Hosted by Badby at Badby Village Hall
Geology
Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
bedfordshire’s geology
An Introduction to Bedfordshire’s Geology, a view from across the county boundary by Bev Fowlston MSc from the Bedfordshire Geology Group with examples of rocks and fossils making up the Bedfordshire landscape, bringing that landscape to life.
Meteorology
Sat, 18 Nov 2017, --:--
Out
rainbows and weather machines at tate britain
An outing to Tate Britain to a Saturday meeting organised by the Royal Meteorological Society and Tate Britain. The meeting takes Constable's rainbow as the starting point and then examines the role of the rainbow in art and poetry as well as looking at the latest rainbow science. Meet at the railway station at a time to be agreed. Although there is no entrance fee for this meeting advanced registration is required. More details on the notice board in the Humfrey Rooms or contact Mike Longman.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 13:09
Out
weston favell village to abington park
Walk from Weston Favell Village to Abington Park today. Meet for bus SC 1 at 1.09pm. Refreshments available.
Special events
Mon, 20 Nov 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
See 6th November.
Microscopy
Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
micro-organisms in your food – (2)
by Mike Asquith. The meeting is led by a very experienced professional from the food industry. A practical session, where you may bring your own samples to study under the microscope. We will make slides from the samples to show different staining and mounting techniques.
Photography
Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
microscope photography
by Mike Gibson. Mike takes some amazing photos through the microscope, some of which have won competitions. Tonight he takes us on a microscope magical mystery tour, and lets us into some of the secrets.
Special events
Thu, 23 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
amphibians and reptiles in northamptonshire
Although there aren’t many species of reptiles and amphibians in Britain, Northamptonshire has most of them! Brian Laney, county recorder for this group, will give us a fascinating introduction to this group, their ecology and how to find them. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 25 Nov 2017, 13:19
Out
duston
We will try out a different route in Duston this Saturday. Meet for bus SC 9A at 1.19pm. Perhaps a new place for a drink too!
Astronomy
Mon, 27 Nov 2017, 19:30
HR
zooniverse
by Dr Grant Miller, project manager and communications lead for Zooniverse. Zooniverse is basically 'people powered research'. Anyone who has contributed to exoplanet discoveries through this scheme will be familiar with its aims, which are to tap crowd contributions on projects where the amount of data is too vast or too difficult for computer based analysis. Dr Miller is a former exoplanet scientist and responsible for organising the interests of Zooniverse volunteers, the social media side of Zooniverse and publishes the daily Zooniverse's blog.
Photography
Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 20:00
HR
set subject competition
A themed competition for up to three digital and/or print images per round. The subject for this round is ‘Old and the New’ Round 2 of 4
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 30 Nov 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced.
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