Welcome

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.



Lecture 2014-2015
Programme for the 2014- 2015 Season of Lectures
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Field Excursions in  2014


29th August 2014
Friday
TDFC Street sale
This makes us some money to help keep membership fees down and gives us an opportunity to give out pre-season publicity.Plants, baking, white elephant! and a tombola. All contributions gratefully received.

More importantly we need helpers from 9:30

The street stand will be in the pedestrian area in front of the Council Service Point in Tain High Street


6th September 2014
Saturday

NOTE date change

Walk  & BBQ

This is the walk originally scheduled for Saturday 9th August – now POSTPONED until 6th September
Venue and times here after 26th August


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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One Response to “Welcome”

  1. Gwen Richards says:

    I would like to ask David McAllister if he could give Assynt Field Club a talk during our next winter programme. (I am the secretary). If possible, we would like it to be on butterflies and moths. The dates I have free are 16th Oct., 20th Nov., 18th Dec. 2014 and 19th Feb., 19th March and 16th April 2015. The meetings begin at 7.45pm, we have refreshments after the talk, which lasts approx. an hour, and we are all finished by 10pm.

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