Tain and District Field Club has hosted informative and social meetings for over 37 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.

Our Next LECTURE :

Our Next FIELD TRIP / Event :

9 January 2018

Monterey Bay – having a whale of a time

David McAllister


Please note change of topic

Saturday 27th January 2018

Members’ Evening

at Astle

The evening starts at 19:30

We must know numbers in advance
so please let us know ASAP if you are coming,
if you didn’t sign up at our January meeting.
Food – as usual all the food is supplied by members,
if you didn’t sign the list  but can bring a dish please let us know.

Quizes, games and other convivial .

As always BYOB.
The long term forecast for the latter half of the week :
things turning much milder but wetter so hopefully the snow will have gone.
If you need instructions how to find Fay’s at Astle contact me.

LECTURE Programme
2017 – 2018
(38th season)

FIELD TRIPS for 2017 – 2018
Full Programme

is being assembled

12 September 2017

A G M at 7pm


Pine Marten:

Martes martes

The Recovery of a Native Predator in the UK

Keziah Hobson

University of Aberdeen


Saturday 22nd July 2017

Bumblebee - Common CarderBumblebee Identification workshop

Led by Katy Malone
Bumblebee Conservation TrustLOGOBumbleBeeConservationTrust

Meet at Astle at 11am for about an hour

then out looking for bees.Finishing about 2.30.

Bring packed lunch, butterfly net if you have one.

We need to know numbers in advance
so please let me know ASAP
if you are going to attend.

10 October 2017

British Divers Marine Life rescue

Whales, Dolphins and Seals,
Oh my! –

Tales of a Marine Mammal Medic

by Cath Bain

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

July 2017

Sperm Whale skull walk

See 23 August 2017

14 November 2017


    Birds of Nepal

Tony Mainwood

East Sutherland Bird Group


Tuesday 8th August 2017
at 1:30 pm

Butterfly and Bee Walk

Meet at the Car park at Nigg Old Parish Church

We will walk the Bishop’s Walk, Nigg
Finishing about 3.00pm.

Bring butterfly net if you have one, and refreshments.

We need to know numbers in advance
so please let me know ASAP
if you are going to attend.

12 December 2017

Red Squirrel, © Mark Avery

The Red Squirrel Reintroduction Project

Becky Priestly

Trees for Life
Trees for Life

23 August 2017

Whale Skull Walk


Meet: 7:00pm
Rough car park area just beyond the turning place at Portmahomack harbour  (NH 9153 8482)
Clothes: Rather wet underfoot
walking shoes or boots recommended.
Bring a torch!

Followed by tea/coffee/ginger beer/cake/toast
at Pat’s beach hut, Shandwick.

As alway we need to know numbers in advance so please e-mail back if you are planning to come.

9 January 2018

Monterey Bay – having a whale of a time

David McAllister


Please note change of topic

Wednesday, 13 December 17

Gemenids and star watching at,

Tarbatness Observatory

8:30-10:00 pm or later!

An evening looking at the skies and
a chance to see Denis Buczynski’s observatory.

This year promises to be good for Geminid meteors (A Great Year for the Geminids! | British Astronomical Association) and as Denis is Secretary of the Comet Section.of the BAA we couldn’t have a better host for the evening.
We hope to supply a few warm snacks during the evening so let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
You need: warm clothes, seat, binoculars.
The long term forecast for next Wednesday is mixed so
it is essential
that you let us know if you wish to attend.
Instructions to find Denis’s house will be given out at Tuesday’s meeting or can be e-mailed to you.

13 Febuary 2018

Newt Great Crested Male_Triturus cristatus

Highland Newts:
A Tale/Tail of Mystery

David O’Brien


Highland Biological Recording Group

Please note change of topic

New Year Walk: 3rd January 2018

Further Field Trips

Members Evening: 27th January 2018

Amat – Red Squirrels

Beach Clean

Inverness Islands

Bat Walk

13 March 2018


Scottish Capercaillie
The Story So Far

Gareth Marshall or Sarah West



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 as listed above, 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, as listed above, to observe and learn at the hand of an expert.

For more than 37 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.

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