Founded 1876

Northamptonshire Natural History Society

President
CT Sampson
Secretary
CT Sampson

Current programme

All meetings across all sections

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Section
Date
Where*
Details
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Saturday Walks
Sat, 29 Apr 2017, 13:21
Out
maidwell
April ends with a trip to the village of Maidwell. Meet for bus SC X7 at 1.21pm. Drinks after the walk.
Microscopy
Tue, 02 May 2017, 19:30
HR
victorian slides and mounters (part i)
by Tim Newton and Mike Gibson. An introduction to some of the notable microscopists of the Victorian era: There will be a presentation by Tim and Mike and a chance to look at a selection of slides from the Society's collection, augmented by Tim’s entomological collection.
Photography
Wed, 03 May 2017, 20:00
HR
out and about
A fun photographic safari around a prescribed route in Northampton town centre, taking set photos to bring back to the rooms for comparison
Saturday Walks
Sat, 06 May 2017, 11:00
Out
spratton
Today we take our first visit to Spratton. Meet at 11.00am for Centrebus No 60. Refreshments obtainable at Spratton.
Meteorology
Sat, 06 May 2017, 11:00
HR
meteorological capabilities of the british antarctic survey
We will be joined by Steve Colwell from British Antarctic Survey who will be telling us about the meteorological capabilities of the British Antarctic Survey and update us with the latest news about the Halley research station. Steve was recently awarded the Polar Medal and hopefully he will be bringing that for us to see as well.
Astronomy
Mon, 08 May 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Special events
Wed, 10 May 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, 10 May 2017, 14:30
HR
7+1 wonders of the waterways
by Colin Ford. Colin will tell us about some very old, and some relatively new, treasured places on our wonderful waterway system. Among them are the very old Bingley Five Rise locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, and the Millennium project rotating Falkirk Wheel in Scotland.
Photography
Wed, 10 May 2017, 20:00
HR
in - house evening.
A two part evening. To compare last week’s safari photos, and for club members to present any photos they would like to share with the group.
General
Thu, 11 May 2017, 14:30
HR
the enigma of elgar’s microscope
It is not widely appreciated that the eminent composer Sir Edward Elgar was an amateur scientist and microscopist of some distinction. An illustrated audio-visual presentation by Mike Gibson about the man, his music and his microscopes.
Special events
Thu, 11 May 2017, 19:30
HR
the main society a g m
Members welcome.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 13 May 2017, 13:02
Out
kislingbury
This week's choice is the village of Kislingbury. Meet for bus SC D3 at 1.02pm. Drinks available after the walk.
Meteorology
Tue, 16 May 2017, 14:30
HR
earths orbit and the causes of the seasons and climate 
It seems quite warm but we are still in an ice age. What is behind the weather and climate? What causes Ice Ages? We will learn about the Earth’s orbit and its effects on the affairs of man and animals. What does the future hold. Plus the following weeks provide a chance to see noctilucent clouds, how to photograph them.
Microscopy
Tue, 16 May 2017, 19:30
HR
victorian slides (part ii)
by Tim Newton and Mike Gibson. Another chance to view slides from our own collection and others: Tim will be setting up a couple of microscopes using illumination methods favoured by our Victorian forebears, including the use of a ‘bull's-eye’ lens, to enable us to see the slides as they would have seen them. Then he will show you how to reproduce these effects on more modern microscopes - demonstrating such techniques as dark ground, critical oblique and condenser-less illumination.
Photography
Wed, 17 May 2017, 20:00
HR
prints final 1 – jubilee cup (colour prints) and digital art prints
See the winning prints from the three rounds held during the year as they compete for the annual trophy. Invited Judge. Final Round
Geology
Thu, 18 May 2017, 14:30
Out
the building stones of northampton.
A gentle walk starting at Castilian Terrace visiting the Drapery and Market Square, identifying some of the building stones used over the centuries in Northampton town centre, returning for a cup of tea at the rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 20 May 2017, 13:20
Out
moulton
Moulton holds its annual Festival today. Meet for bus SC 10 at 1.20pm. Tea and cake after our walk in the local meadow.
Botany
Sun, 21 May 2017, 11:00
Out
bedford purlieus national nature reserve
A walk in Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve. Grid Ref. (Meeting place.) 53(TL)039005. Directions: Meet at Grid Ref. 53(TF)03.9;00.5, on the west side of the wood. Ancient woodland. We hope to see Toothwort here; a rare parasitic flowering plant. Full day meeting, no facilities; bring a nose-bag. The leaders are Seán Karley. 01933-225397 and Roger Warren.
Photography
Wed, 24 May 2017, 20:00
Out
spring social event. out and about
we will take advantage of the longer evening to go out and take some photos, finishing up at a pub for a convivial nightcap. Members may bring along guests. Look for details and booking instructions on the photo section notice board in the Humfrey Rooms.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 25 May 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Saturday Walks
Sat, 27 May 2017, 11:20
Out
wicksteed park
We make a return visit to Wicksteed Park. Meet for bus SC X4 at 11.20am. Take a picnic or use the park's café.
Photography
Wed, 31 May 2017, 20:00
HR
prints final 2 – vic seaton cup (monochrome portrait), and monochrome general
Another chance to see the winning prints from the 3 preliminary rounds as they compete for the annual trophy. Invited judge. Final Round
Saturday Walks
Sat, 03 Jun 2017, --:--
Out
cambridge
The famous and attractive city of Cambridge has been chosen for this year's day trip. The fare for members is £12 and £15 for non-members. Pick up times and points will be:- 9.00am from Victoria Street; 9.15am from the Park end of Christchurch Road and 9.45am from Castle Way, Wellingborough, travelling with Collingtree Coaches. Depart from Cambridge at 4.30pm. For further details and to book a place ring 01604 646442.
Meteorology
Sat, 03 Jun 2017, 11:00
HR
energy from wind and wave power
We will look at the weather over the last month followed by a review of Green Power; Power from Waves, Wind, tides and solar farms.
Microscopy
Tue, 06 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
pond life (part i), algae including desmids
by Mike Gibson. We shall reveal the structure and forms of these amazing (and surprisingly common) plants. Please bring your own samples if you have them, or we can supply.
Photography
Wed, 07 Jun 2017, 20:00
HR
set subject - trophy
The final where the best images from the four preliminary rounds compete for the trophy. Invited Judge. Final Round
General
Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
the cutty sark
The remarkable story of one of the last sailing clippers built for the China tea trade. A tale of record-breaking voyages, money, murder, mutiny and sad decline .. with her eventual rediscovery, tragic fire damage and restoration at Greenwich where it can now be seen in its full glory.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 10 Jun 2017, 11:50
Out
earls barton.
Today we take a look round the new marina at Earls Barton. Meet for bus SC X4 at 11.50am. Take a picnic in case the proposed new café is not yet operational.
Astronomy
Mon, 12 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
the european extremely large telescope
by Dr. Aprajita Verma. With a mirror 39m across the E-ELT will collect 13 times more light than the largest visible/IR telescopes today allowing us to peer deeper and further than ever before. In this talk, Dr Verma will describe the developments in telescope design that have led up to the forthcoming era of extremely large telescopes, in particular the E-ELT project which UK astronomers are playing a key role, and the ground-breaking science it will produce.
Meteorology
Tue, 13 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
a general weather meeting
We will take a look at some short presentations about weather from the Meteorological Office, TEDx and others.
Special events
Wed, 14 Jun 2017, --:--
HR
open house
See 10th May
Archaeology & History
Wed, 14 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
north east england
The presenter will explore the Island of Lindisfarne the home of the Lindisfarne.
Photography
Wed, 14 Jun 2017, 20:00
HR
member’s night
A ‘15 minutes of fame’ night for members to fill the evening with anything of their choice, as long as it has a connection to photography.
Geology
Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
fool's gold?
by Sue Barker. An exploration of the role that iron pyrite has played in the evolution of the Earth and its systems and in the development of civilisation. Does this mineral really deserve a name that implies it is intrinsically worthless?
Saturday Walks
Sat, 17 Jun 2017, 13:14
Out
flore
This week-end is when the Open Gardens and Flower Festival is held at Flore. Meet for bus SC D2 at 1.14pm. Refreshments available in the village.
Botany
Sun, 18 Jun 2017, 11:00
Out
a walk at stoke bruerne
Meet in the car-park in the middle of Stoke Bruerne. Post Code NN12 7SQ. Grid Reference:- SP(42)47.5;50.0 We will walk South by the Grand Union Canal (West side) to the Brick Pits Nature Reserve. After visiting this we will continue South and cross the canal near the A508 then return North by the tow path. Pubs etc. in the village. The leaders are Seán Karley. 01933-225397 & Roger Warren.
Microscopy
Tue, 20 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
pond life (part i i) - rotifers and other animals
by Mike Gibson. During this session we concentrate on the microscopic animals found in our ponds and puddles including water butts, gutters and even bird baths! Bring your own samples if you can so we may compare what is available from different habitats.
Photography
Wed, 21 Jun 2017, 20:00
HR
monopod competition
A set subject competition for religious subjects from any faith. A competition held in honour of Mrs Humfrey’s interest in church photography. Up to three entries per person, any mix of prints or projected images. Trophy Presentations The evening concludes with the presentation of the annual trophies.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 24 Jun 2017, 12:49
Out
brafield – on – the – green
Brafield – On – The – Green is a very pretty village for a midsummer stroll. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. Refreshments provided after the walk
Microscopy
Sun, 25 Jun 2017, 10:00
HR
the annual exhibition of microscopy
Including sales, exhibits, talks and Photo competition: This is another opportunity to meet with fellow microscopists and enthusiasts from around the country and also to see what’s on offer in the way of sales items. Why not bring along an exhibit of your own? Sales and exhibits in the morning and lectures in the afternoon. Please contact Mike Gibson for further information.
Astronomy
Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 29 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
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