If you would like to participate please complete the registration form and return it to the Natural History Society by Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 at the latest, but please be aware that places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Dates & Activity sessions

Saturday, 4th April (10am)       INTRODUCTORY first indoor meeting:  welcome & registration followed by an outline of the project, anticipated objectives & outcomes, and finishing with an opportunity for questions and answers before lunch at 12.30pm. The second half of the meeting starting at 2.00pm will be a practical session and include how to set up your microscope together with a preliminary examination of samples previously collected from a variety of sources.

Saturday, 25th April(10am)     INTRODUCTORY second indoor meeting:  Collection Examination & Identification of samples. Use of home-made equipment including techniques and methods for safe collection of samples. (10am until 4.30pm);

Saturday, 16th May(10am)      FIELDWORK DAY 1 *consisting of morning out at chosen collection site followed by break for lunch, then afternoon session starting at 2.00pm with labwork in the Humfrey Rooms. (10am until 4.30pm);

Saturday, 6th June                   FIELDWORK DAY 2* – ditto ;

Saturday, 4th July                    FIELDWORK DAY 3* - ditto ;

Saturday, 1st August(10am)   A DAY WITH DIATOMS – indoor event at the Humfrey Rooms from 10am until 4.30pm. Presentations & practical activities, including using microscopes to look at slides, preparation of samples & slide-making, Keynote address with Guest speaker in the afternoon;

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 18th, 19th, 20th September 

HERITAGE WEEKEND – final days of the project culminating in an interactive display of work with microscopes located at the Humfrey Rooms.

*Site visits to be arranged nearer the time with separate printed information, including maps & directions, sent out by email to registered participants.


Download the Registration Form here



Special Event


– a journey of exploration & discovery, studying microscopic flora & fauna found along stretches of the River Nene around Northampton. 

Postponed until 2021 check the website for updates