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 17th February 2018

Red Squirrels &
Red Stoneflies

at Amat

(Strathcarron, Ardgay)

Red squirrel watch from Amat House


hunt along the river for
February Red Stonefly (Brachyptera putata).

Max number 16

Meet at Lild’s 09:30

10:30 start one group doing river survey
and the other squirrel watching.
At 11:30 the groups will change over.
At 12:30 we will ‘drive & stop’
back along Strathcarron.

We must know numbers in advance
so please let us know ASAP if you are coming,
For all field trips please wear suitable clothing.

In case of last minute changes
it is essential that you let TDFC know
that you intend to come on a field trip.

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 17 March 2018

Big Burn, Golspie

Spring flowers & insects

Details to be announced

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

Saturday 28 April 2018 

Rosehaugh, Black Isle

Details to be announced

14 November 2017


    Birds of Nepal

Tony Mainwood

East Sutherland Bird Group


2018 Surveys

1. Informal surveys
Breeding Birds
at the Bishop’s Walk

April, May, June
6am or 7am start
depending on month!

*TDFC & Individual

2. Buglife pollinator survey



3. HBRG survey of the

February Red Stonefly

(Brachyptera putata)

February & March

*Individual & TDFC

(see Field Trips)


4. TDFC/HBRG – Jellyfish survey

Throughout the year


5. Aspen Hoverfly project

There is one site for survey at Achany.


6. Crane fly survey (Prionocera pubescens)



7. BeeWalk (Bumblebee Conservation)

BeeWalk once a month between March and October


*TDFC & Individual

*TDFC = a field club event will be organised
Individual = we would encourage you to do this yourself

If you are interested in helping with any of these surveys
please sign the sheet at a TDFC meeting or
e-mail TDFC@davidmcallister.co.uk

12 December 2017

Red Squirrel, © Mark Avery

The Red Squirrel Reintroduction Project

Becky Priestly

Trees for Life
Trees for Life

9 January 2018

Monterey Bay – having a whale of a time

David McAllister


Please note change of topic

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

13 March 2018


Scottish Capercaillie
The Story So Far

Gareth Marshall or Sarah West




Easter RAFFLE.

Come prepared.

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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17th March – Saturday

Big Burn, Golspie – spring flowers and insects

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