Tain and District Field Club has hosted informative and social meetings for over 38 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.

In our 40th Season

Our Next LECTURE :

Tuesday, 09 September 2019

The Subject and The Speaker

will be announced soon

Meetings start at 7:30 pm, in Tain Parish Church Hall

Check back here for details

LECTURE Programme
2018 – 2019
39th season

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

at 19:00

A. G. M.

at 19:30

The Fern Guide

Dr. James Merryweather

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Mountain Hares

Conservation, Management and Monitoring

Dr Scott Newey

James Hutton Institute

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Scheduled Lecture

Replaced by:

Nigg Coastal Realignment Project

Steph Elliott


Site Manager for the Central Highland nature reserves


Replacement with the above due to injury

Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms

Gabrielle Flinn

Project Officer
Cairngorms partnership

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Salmon Clans

Professor Eric Verspoor

University of the Highlands and Islands

Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Addicted to Ice:

Antarctic Photography

Cherry Alexander


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network

Faye Jackson


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ben Lawers NNR – the Peak of Plant Conservation

Dan Watson

National Trust for Scotland

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.

Previous Lecture Subjects.
Previous Field Excursions.

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17th March – Saturday

Big Burn, Golspie – spring flowers and insects

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