New season for Buteshire Natural History Society

Inside the Bute Slip Dock Company's shed at Ardmaleish where yachts built to the designs of Alfred Mylne were assembled for 65 years. Mylne's designs will be the focus of one of the Buteshire Natural History Society's winter talks. (Pic from www.mylne.com)
Inside the Bute Slip Dock Company's shed at Ardmaleish where yachts built to the designs of Alfred Mylne were assembled for 65 years. Mylne's designs will be the focus of one of the Buteshire Natural History Society's winter talks. (Pic from www.mylne.com)

The Buteshire Natural History Society’s brand new season of talks, meetings and workshops in Rothesay is now under way - and there are lots of fascinating archaeological, historical and nature-related subjects on the menu over the next few months.

Regular fortnightly society talks, presented mostly by off-island guest speakers, are interspersed with monthly meetings organised by the society’s bird group and a series of wildlife workshop evenings.

Despite the name, the society’s main interests include local history and archaeology as well as natural history, and the main fortnightly meetings cover a wide range of diverse subjects - among them the life and work of yacht designer Alfred Mylne, the RSPB’s activities at Loch Lomond and a community archaeology project in Arrochar.

There are also monthly meetings of the Bute Bird Group and four evening wildlife workshops - and all in exchange for an annual membership of just £20.

Alternatively if you’d prefer to give the society a try before committing yourself, you are very welcome to come along to one or two meetings prior to joining.

You can just come along on the night, but you may prefer to contact Dawn Collis, secretary on (01700) 504429, or Dougie Menzies, membership secretary by phoning 07818 093893 or emailing dougmenzies@rocketmail.com in advance.

The dates for your diary are as follows.

Buteshire Natural History Society

October 27, 2015 - Cairns Mason, ‘Craftwork by Napoleonic Prisoners of War’

November 10, 2015 - David Gray, ‘Alfred Mylne and his yachts’

November 24, 2015 - David Palmar, ‘An Excursion to Shetland’

December 8, 2015 - Laragh Quinney, ‘Maps at the National Library of Scotland’

January 12, 2016 - Members’ Magazine

January 26, 2016 - Jeanne Robinso,n ‘Bug Hunting on Mingulay’

February 9. 2016 - Paula Baker, ‘Work of the RSPB at Loch Lomond’

February 23, 2016 - Fiona Mills, ‘Managed re-alignment of the Clyde’

March 8, 2016 - Heather James, ‘Community archaeology project at Arrochar’

March 22, 2016 - AGM, Meteorological Report, Social.

Bird Group

October 20, 2015 - Dougie Menzies, ‘Birding South Texas’

November 17, 2015 - Chris Waltho, ‘Monitoring Eiders in the Firth of Clyde’

December 15, 2015 - Review of the Year, and Cheese and Wine

January 19, 2016 - Nigel Scriven, ‘A Place for Nature in the 21st Century’

February 16. 2016 - Billy Shields, ‘A Bird’s Eye View of New Zealand’

March 15, 2016 - AGM, wine and nibbles, short presentation

Winter wildlife workshops

November 3, 2015 - Moth identification workshop, led by Glyn Collis

December 1, 2015 - ‘Wild Flowers’ - a chance to review what was seen on the summer walks and to look at plant identification, led by Roger Connard

February 2, 2016 - ‘Dragonflies’ – where to find and how to identify dragonflies on Bute, led by Ron Forrester

March 1, 2016 - Bat detector, mammal trap and trail camera workshop - led by Billy Shields and Ron Forrester [Training on using equipment being bought for use of members.