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.
Field Excursions in 2014 & into 2015
|9th December 2014
|Plants of Torridonian Shales; Alex Scott
Usual Venue, Tain Parish Church Hall
Please do not forget this will also feature our annual RAFFLE
|13th December 2014
|TDFC at the Christmas Tree Festival
Tain Parish Church Hall (organised by Tain & District Gardeners’ Club)
If you have any suitable items to hang on the TDFC Christmas tree – birds, bees, slugs, snails, spiders, hedgehogs (the list is endless) – then please bring them along to the next meeting (9th Dec). Nothing fragile please. If you add a note with your name and a brief description of the items then you will get the correct things back at the January meeting. If you need anything back for your own Christmas tree, let me know and I will make sure you get things back in time.
|3rd January 2015
|We don’t have a field trip in December but the New Year Walk is on Saturday 3rd January.
As always we will decide on the venue and timing when we see how the weather is shaping up. So look at the Web page and or Facebook pages after Sunday 28th.
|Previous Field Excursions|
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 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.
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