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.

Programme for the 2013 – 2014 Season of Lectures

Tuesday at 7pm

followed by lecture
at 7:30pm

Atlantic Hazel
Sandy & Brian Coppins,
Atlantic Hazel Action Group, AHAG)

( See 1, 2 )


Tuesday at 7:30pm

Hayley Wiswell, Invertebrate Ecologist, Carrbridge

(See 1 ,2, 3, 4 )


Tuesday at 7:30pm

Natural History of Sawflies
Jenni Stockan,  James Hutton Institute

(See 1, 2 )


Tuesday at 7:30pm

Lochalsh Flame Shell Reef
Dr. Dan Harries, Heriot Watt University

(See 1, 2, 3 )

14/01/2014 Tuesday at 7:30pm Ringing Choughs and Shags
Dr. Jane Reid,  Aberdeen University

(See 1 )

11/02/2014 Tuesday at 7:30pm Why are our trees dying?
Dr. Stephen Woodward, Aberdeen University

(See 1, 2 )

11/03/2014Tuesday at 7:30pm Scotland’s Forgotten Kingdom (Fungi)
Andy Taylor, James Hutton Institute

(See 1, 2)

Future Field Excursions in  2014

17th May 2014
Creag Meagaidh
Details to be worked out,
Watch this space

6th  to 8th June 2014

Friday evening to


Annual Weekend Excursion
Moray Coast – Cullen, Portsoy area
Troup Head, Findhorn Bay
Spey Bay – estuary, WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, river gravels, Arctosa cinerea (a large spider of the river gravels!)

If you are planning to go you need to book accommodation in the area.  Many members will be staying in the Sandend Campsite
Those who want more comfort we would suggest B&B or hotels in Cullen or Portsoy.  You will need to book this yourselves.

Check for details

12th June 2014
Dornoch beach CP 19:00
Know your beach

6th July 2014
Monadh Mor
Dragonflies & amphibians

9th August 2014
Tain/Edderton hill
Followed by BBQ at Pam & Gavin’s

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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