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.

Our Next LECTURE :

Our Next FIELD TRIP / Event :

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

at 19:00

A. G. M.

at 19:00

The Fern Guide

(Title to be confirmed)

Dr.James Merryweather

8th May – Tuesday

Informal Breeding Bird Survey

at The Bishop’s Walk, Nigg

07:00 Tain Lidl car park (NH 7727 8276) or
11:00 Avoch Harbour carpark (NH 7039 5508)
You will need: – Waterproof clothing – forecast: cloudy, cool with a fair chance of showers.
Walking boots – forestry type paths,lunch.
We will end: – at about 15:00.
As often happens we may search for cake thereafter!
As always please let us know if you intend to come in case there are last minute changes.

LECTURE Programme
2018 – 2019
39th season

FIELD TRIPS for 2018 – 2019
For Full Programme

Consult TDFC on facebook

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

at 19:00

A. G. M.

at 19:30

The Fern Guide

(Title to be confirmed)

Dr. James Merryweather

2, 3, & 4 June 2018

Summer Weekend

Alvey House


Walks and trips in the Spey Valley

Contact TDFC to sign up

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Mountain Hares

Conservation, Management and Monitoring

Dr Scott Newey

James Hutton Institute

2018 Surveys

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

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

Survey by TDFC & Individual’s Survey

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

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms

Gabrielle Flinn

Project Officer
Cairngorms partnership

2018 Surveys

2. Buglife pollinator survey


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Salmon Clans

Professor Eric Verspoor

University of the Highlands and Islands

2018 Surveys


3. HBRG survey of the

February Red Stonefly

(Brachyptera putata)

February & March

Individual’s & Survey by TDFC

(see Field Trips)

*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

Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Addicted to Ice:

Antarctic Photography

Cherry Alexander


2018 Surveys

4. TDFC/HBRG – Jellyfish survey

Throughout the year


5. Aspen Hoverfly project

There is one site for survey at Achany.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network

Faye Jackson


2018 Surveys

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

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ben Lawers NNR – the Peak of Plant Conservation

Dan Watson


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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17th March – Saturday

Big Burn, Golspie – spring flowers and insects

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