Tain and District Field Club has hosted informative and social meetings for over 33 years. The emphasis is on natural history focusing on both this local area and within the wider scientific community as well.

Speakers have come from all over the British Isles with their specialties and we are a richer community for their contributions over the period.

Unless otherwise specified meet at 7:30pm in the Tain Parish Church Hall.

Programme for the 2014- 2015 Season of Lectures
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Please Note !
Change of Speaker
10th March
Ms Kirsty Godsman (Invertebrate Ecologist)
will replace Dr Scott Shanks

Field Excursions in  2015 (TDFC Events)
and Schedule Download

10th May, Sunday, Glen Calvie gravels

Cancelled due to forecast of heavy rain

22nd-24th May Durness weekend
Sand dunes & cliffs with coastal plants and birds
Smoo Cave
Possibly Cape Wrath (weather dependent)
North coast moorland plants and birds
And, of course, lots of magnificent scenery

28th  Feb Sat Fyrish
10:00 Tain Lidl car park
10:30 Meet Clais Druim a’ Bhàthaich car park (NH 627 714)
20th  March Fri Eclipse barbecue breakfast
08:20 – 11:00 Dornoch Beach car-park
Time Event Sun’s altitude
08:32 Moon touches the Sun’s edge. 16.6°
09:37 Moon is closest to the center of the Sun. 23.6° max. 95.7% cover
10:45 The Moon leaves the Sun’s edge 29.1°
25th  April Sat Glen Calvie gravels
Hunt for Arctosa cinerea (the large spider of river gravels)
For those not so keen on creepy crawlies there is the possibility of
3 species of deer (Red, Sika, Roe), badger set, buzzard, golden eagle and of course magnificent scenery.
22nd  – 24th May Durness area weekend
Coastal and moorland plants and birds, Smoo Cave

28 June 2015
Port an Righ
Low Water at 16:15 (1.3m)
Looking for: Northern Brown Argus, Port an Righ Fossils, rocky shore flora & fauna
Followed by a BBQ

25 July 2015
Rogie Falls to Loch Kinellan
A walk through mixed woodland by the Blackwater River
Looking for: Summer plants, butterflies and possibly salmon in the river

23 August 2015
Knockan Crag
Geology & flora of the crags, the Rock Room, Peach & Horne
Yet more magnificent scenery

Previous Field Excursions

Please Note:
All field trips are dependent on weather and the vagaries of nature so please let us know by e-mail or phone that you intend to come two or three days before the trip.

Anyone attending Tain & District Field Club meetings or field trips does so at their own risk.

Tain is located in Easter Ross – that’s the eastern part of Ross-shire, north of Inverness, in Scotland.

Tain is very near several large tidal inlets; the Dornoch Firth on our northern doorstep, Loch Fleet, another tidal firth lies within 10 miles to the north, the Cromarty Firth is a few miles south and the Inner Moray Firth just a bit further south and east.

We have fine agricultural land around us in the east grading into poorer and higher soils going west to the mountains along Scotland’s west coast.

The climate is equable, for the northern latitude, allowing a very interesting assemblage of endemic flora.  We lie at the northern periphery of several important species of plants and animals, and correspondingly near the southern periphery of others.

The activities of TDFC revolve around the winter schedule of speakers, each selected for their expertise and also their ability to relate to our audience. There are also a couple of social events to help bind community links and, importantly, there are trips into the field to observe and learn at the hand of an expert.

For more than 30 years meetings have been held on the second Tuesday each month during the winter season, normally in the Tain Parish Church hall, (NH 779 821), starting at 19:30. Tea and coffee after speakers have finished allows discussion and networking, or more closely questioning the speaker of the day. Members discuss observations of the preceding weeks and bring notable events or observations to the attention of the meeting.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend events, lectures and field excursions.  We have a very friendly atmosphere and are as sociable as we are interested in the science and natural history presented to us.  Members contribute an annual fee and at events a small charge is asked from non-members to help defray costs.

Members of TDFC are frequently also members of the Highland Biological Recording Group or the British Trust for Ornithology. Many observations given by TDFC members are relayed to these two larger bodies where active data sets of biological records are kept. See Links for other relevant organisations.

Previous Lecture Subjects.
Previous Field Excursions.

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