Tain and District Field Club has hosted informative and social meetings for over 35 years. The emphasis is on natural history focusing both on 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.

TDFC 2015-2016 Lecture Programme

Local Research:
an Extra Speaker

18 August 2015

Harriet Robbins

Marine Conservation Society

Dornoch Firth Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP)

and the work of the

Marine Conservation Society

in partnership with


Dornoch FirthClick image

and Heriot-Watt University


Book of the Month
Ocean of Life, by Calum Roberts

Save the Great_Yellow,_BBCTClick image

Book of the Month

08 September 2015


followed at 7:30pm by

Plight of the Bumblebee

Katy Malone


13 October 2015

The Ancient Pinewoods
of Scotland

A Traveller’s Guide

Clifton Bain

Clifton Bain Ancient PinewoodsClick image

Book of the Month

Red Squirrel, (Mark Avery)
( 1 ), ( 2 ), ( 3 )Click image

10 November 2015

The role of Pine Marten
in Red and Grey Squirrel
Population Dynamics

Dr. Emma Sheehy

Aberdeen University, Staff

08 December 2015

Scottish Wildcat

David Barclay

RZSS Wildcat ProgrammeClick image

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12 January 2016

Underwater Pixels

A digital exploration
of marine life found in the
coastal depths of the Highlands

George Brown

Annual Seasearch Reports Marine Conservation Society

09 February 2016

Beaver Reintroduction in Scotland

Future Steps and Management

Roisin Campbell-Palmer

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08 March 2016

Species Recording
by Accident and by Design

Stewart Taylor

RSPB staff (retired) and volunteer

Field Excursions in  2015 (TDFC Events)
and Schedule Download

12 September 2015
StrathrorySpider Safari
Autumn plants and animals in a Highland strath.  Search the river gravels for the Northern Wolf Spider (Arctosa cinerea).Meet: either Lidl carpark at 10:30 – or at Strathrory burn bridge at 11:00 (NH 661 776 on OS sheet 21).

Bring: lunch, clothing for the likely weather, footwear for possible paddling (spider hunting).

17 October 2015
Wilkhaven – rocky and sandy shores

Keep in touch for meeting location and time – possibly tide-dependent.

15 November 2015
Loch Fleet and Coul Links

Mudflats and sandy shores.
Seals and esturine seabirds of the autumn.

Keep in touch for meeting location and time – possibly tide-dependent.

3 January 2016
New Year Walk

Locarion and timing dependent upon prevailing weather – keep in touch!

Happy New Year to All

23 January 2016
Members Evening

Home-made food, drink, good company ……. some home-made quizzes as well.

Venue and time to be confirmed.

Previous Field Excursions

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

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

Always bring clothing appropriate for the terraine and the weather

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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