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, 19 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
mosses and lichens
by Mike Gibson and Russ Sharp. A short presentation, followed by a practical session when we can bring our own samples and/or examine specimens from the society’s extensive collection under the microscope.
Photography
Wed, 20 Sep 2017, 20:00
HR
photo mounting, plus adventures in audio visuals
by Steve Dormer. A two part evening. The first is the postponed demonstration by Steve of how to cut your own photo mounts. For the second part Steve will speak about his recent interest in making Audio visual presentations, and then demonstrate some of his results.
Geology
Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 09:30
Out
visit to oxford museum of natural history
Visit To Oxford Museum Of Natural History to see geological exhibits from Northamptonshire including William Smith’s unfinished geological map of Northamptonshire. We will be leaving from the Humfrey Rooms at 9.30am. Please sign the list in the Rooms by 14th September or contact Bob Purser 01604 785836, purser.bob@btinternet.com
Saturday Walks
Sat, 23 Sep 2017, 13:36
Out
delapre
It is time we returned to Delapre now that the site has reopened. Meet for bus SC 7 at 1.36pm. We can also sample the new café.
Special events
Mon, 25 Sep 2017, --:--
HR
curation group
see 11th September
Astronomy
Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics evening
An evening of member contributions. Please let the secretary know if there is something you would like to present to our section. We will hopefully have lots of images from the USA of the total eclipse from Jackson Wyoming, and a few images of Perseids.
Photography
Wed, 27 Sep 2017, 20:00
HR
underwood cup
A competition for members to submit pictorial images on any subject. Up to three projected images allowed per member per round. Round 1 of 3
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced.
Special events
Thu, 28 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
the wonder of wetlands
The Freshwater Habitat Trust’s Peter Case will explain what makes wetlands – and especially ponds- so wonderful, what puts them at threat and how the survey work by PondNet volunteers across the UK, not least in Northants and the East Midlands, will help make a positive difference. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 30 Sep 2017, 13:39
Out
harlestone firs
An autumn walk in Harlestone Firs brings this month’s programme to a close. Meet bus SC 96 at 1.39pm. Tea at Garden Centre.
Microscopy
Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
rheinberg illumination
by Mike Gibson and Mike Asquith. – Bring some colour into your microscopic world. With the aid of these very cheap and simple optical staining techniques which can be used with most microscopes. Bring your own sweet wrappers!
Photography
Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
studio lighting
by James Rudd. James will bring along some of his studio equipment for use in a hands-on workshop night. After a short talk he will then be on hand to give practical help and advice with our studio lighting.
Botany
Thu, 05 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
what we saw this year
Members and guests are invited to bring photos, specimens, or stories relating to things they have seen during the last twelve months, and to talk about our future programme.
Special events
Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
2.00 – 4.30pm WILDside Identification Surgery – Please see the 7th September entry for full meeting details.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 07 Oct 2017, 10:20
Out
rothwell
Rothwell is a very interesting place to visit. Meet for bus SC X4 at 10.20am. Various venues on offer for refreshments.
Special events
Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 11:00
HR
curation group
See 11th September.
Astronomy
Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics evening
An evening of member contributions. Including what’s on the meridian at 9 pm this evening? In September the sky really starts to get darker earlier, just what we have been waiting for all summer long! Please let the secretary know if there is something you would like to present to our section. Guests are welcome as usual.
Special events
Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
See the 13th September entry for meeting details.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
eastbourne and london
Due to the success of the last slide show; now a trip to Eastbourne and London will be on show, by Richard Young.
Photography
Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 20:00
HR
mcpf portfolio of prints and digital images
An informative evening viewing the award winning prints and digital images, with judges’ comments, from the Midland Counties Photographic Federation’s 2016 Photofolio competition.
General
Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 14:30
HR
geoff stone nature photography
Some short audio visual presentations by wildlife and landscape photographer Geoff Stone on a selection of varied and diverse natural history themes.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 14 Oct 2017, 13:30
Out
lings wood
The trees in and around Lings Wood should be in their autumn colours, meet for bus SC 2 at 1.30pm. Tea at Weston Favell Centre.
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.
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