Welcome

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.



Our Next LECTURE :

Our Next FIELD TRIP :

13 December 2016

Highland Seabird Studies

Bob Swann

Covering Caithness studies
and
Canna geo-locator work

Becky Priestley

is unable to
give her talk
and will be
scheduled for
next September, 2017

Saturday, 26/11/2016

Nethybridge area

Postponed until Spring 2017

LECTURE Programme
2016 – 2017
(37th season) :

FIELD TRIP Full Programme
for 2016 – 2017:

13 September 2016 at 7pm

A.G.M.

followed at 7:30pm by

Rewilding Scotland

David Balharry

(Scottish Director, Rewilding Britain)


The winter programme will be available at the meeting.

Summer Weekend

Argyll (Lochgilphead / Knapdale area)

20 – 22 May 2016
Friday, pm to Sunday, noon

Areas of interest: Beaver re-introduction, Lochgilphead area, Argyll Accommodation: Torran Bay Hostel

Check back here for further details

11 October 2016

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Comets and Meteors

in our Scottish skies

Denis Buczynski

(British Astronomical Association, Comet Section)

Raasal Ashwood National Nature Reserve

11 June 2016, Saturday

Postponed until Saturday 25th June

Cancelled: to be replaced by alternate excursion

SNH – Ash woodland pasture
Ash woodland at Raasal – Woodland Trust

Grid ref: NG845430
Size: 17.07 ha (42.18 acres)

Assemble at Tain Lidl carpark at 09:00
Arrive at Rassal at about 11:00
Prepare for weather appropriately
AND -for midges.
Check back here for details.

08 November 2016

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Species recording
by Accident and Design

Stewart Taylor

Highland Biological Recording Group

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

30 July 2016, Saturday

Muir, river & woodland walk

Britain’s oldest National Nature Reserve
Visit Victoria Falls (not that one; our local one)

Check back for details.

13 December 2016

Highland Seabird Studies

Bob Swann

Covering Caithness studies
and
Canna geo-locator work

Becky Priestley

is unable to
give her talk
and will be
scheduled for
next September, 2017

Dunbeath River Walk

21 August 2016, Sunday

Neil Gunn’s “Highland River”
An interesting northern strath rich inwildlife and archeology.

Meet:
10:00 Lidl carpark
11:00 Dunbeath River carpark
Under the bridge, beside the mill
ND 1597 2992

Dunbeath River MapYou will need:

Walking shoes or boots (Good path but overgrown in places),
Warm waterproof clothing,

Lunch,

Possibly midget protection, although with the wind forecast they will possibly not be a problem
Weather:
Showery, windy & cooler than recent days.
As the forecast is not very good it is essential that you let us know if you are coming so that we can contact you if there are last minute changes.

10 January 2017

Bringing Blera back from the Brink

Saving the Pine Hoverfly

Ross Watson

(Woodland Trust)


Annual TDFC STREET SALE

3 September 2016, Saturday

NOTE! Change of Date

10:00 to 12:00

Tain Service Point,
High Street

10 am to 12 noon

Home-bakes, plants, books for sale
Lucky spikes on Peggy Hedgehog

14 February 2017

Forty shades of green

The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland

Clifton Bain

Saturday, 25/09/2016

Embo to Loch Fleet, Coul Links

NOTE! Change of Date

10:00 to approx 14:00

Meet at Embo lorry park, King Street, (NH 8156 9291)
High Street Beach combing, links plants. (Low Tide 15:07)
We hope it’s not “Last chance to see”!

You will need:
Walking shoes or boots (Beach walk and dunes –
it can be quite damp in the dune slacks)
Warm waterproof clothing
Lunch
Weather: cloudy with sunny spells and slight chance of showers
We will leave a couple of cars at the end of the walk to take drivers back to the lorry park.

14 March 2017

Marine Renewable Energy

Assessing the Impacts on Seabirds

Elizabeth Masden

(UHI North Highland College)

Saturday,22/10/16

Balconie Point, Evanton

It has been decided to change the venue for this weekend’s field trip
We have decide to go to:
Balconie Point, Evanton
Shore birds, plants, fungi, galls & beach combing, especially for drift-wood.
Meet 09:30 Tain Lidl car-park (NH 772 827)
or 10:15 Kiltearn Church car-park (NH 616 651)
To reach Kiltearn Church: turn off the A9 S of Evanton onto the B817
Turn right and follow the road over the A9 (Signposted – Kiltearn House)
Follow the road along the bay until you reach the car-park.
You will need
Warm clothes (Forecast – cloudy but cool, slight chance of rain)
Waterproof shoes or boots (rather wet underfoot)
End 12:30 – 1:00 pm
As always please let us know if you are coming Saturday, in case there are further last minute changes.

Shore birds, plants, fungi, galls & beach combing, especially for drift-wood.

Meet 09:30 Tain Lidl car-park (NH 772 827)
or 10:15 Kiltearn Church car-park (NH 616 651)
To reach Kiltearn Church: turn off the A9 S of Evanton onto the B817
Turn right and follow the road over the A9 (Signposted – Kiltearn House)
Follow the road along the bay until you reach the car-park.
You will need
Warm clothes (Forecast – cloudy but cool, slight chance of rain)
Waterproof shoes or boots (rather wet underfoot)
End 12:30 – 1:00 pm
As always please let us know if you are coming Saturday, in case there are further last minute changes

Saturday, 26/11/2016

Dulnain Bridge area

10:00

Meet Forestry Lodge near Nethybridge (NJ 020 161)
Introductory talk by Ian Perks, RSPB Abernethy
followed by field trip hopefully with Stewart Taylor

Tuesday, 13/12/2016 Late evening

Leonid meteor shower

moon & planets
after TDFC Pam & Gavin’s

Tuesday, 03/01/2017

New Year Walk

Watch for details which will be weather depemdent.



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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Previous Field Excursions.

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