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 / Event :

12 September 2017

A G M at 7pm

then

Pine Marten:

Martes martes

The Recovery of a Native Predator in the UK

Keziah Hobson

University of Aberdeen

LOGO_ApplEcologyInstitute

23 August 2017

Whale Skull Walk

Portmahomak

Meet & start from
far end of High Street

Check back for times

Walk along foreshore to beached whale remains.
Bring a torch.

After!  : assemble at Pat’s beach hut
for tea/coffee/ginger beer/cake/toast.

LECTURE Programme
2017 – 2018
(38th season)

FIELD TRIPS for 2017 – 2018
Full Programme

is being assembled

12 September 2017

A G M at 7pm

then

Pine Marten:

Martes martes

The Recovery of a Native Predator in the UK

Keziah Hobson

University of Aberdeen

LOGO_ApplEcologyInstitute


Saturday
22nd July 2017

Bumblebee - Common CarderBumblebee Identification workshop

Led by Katy Malone
Bumblebee Conservation TrustLOGOBumbleBeeConservationTrust

Meet at Astle at 11am for about an hour

then out looking for bees.Finishing about 2.30.

Bring packed lunch, butterfly net if you have one.

We need to know numbers in advance
so please let me know ASAP
if you are going to attend.

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

July 2017

Sperm Whale skull walk

Coastal walk on a morning or evening to visit the skull of the whale we visited on our New Year walk in January 2015

14 November 2017

Nepal-Stork

Birds of Nepal

Tony Mainwood

East Sutherland Bird Group

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Postponed until

Tuesday 8th August 2017
at 1:30 pm

Butterfly and Bee Walk

Meet at the Car park at Nigg Old Parish Church

We will walk the Bishop’s Walk, Nigg
Finishing about 3.00pm.

Bring butterfly net if you have one, and refreshments.

We need to know numbers in advance
so please let me know ASAP
if you are going to attend.

12 December 2017

Red Squirrel, © Mark Avery

The Red Squirrel Reintroduction Project

Becky Priestly

Trees for Life
Trees for Life


23 August 2017

Whale Skull Walk

Portmahomak

Meet & start from
far end of High Street

Check back for times

Walk along foreshore to beached whale remains.
Bring a torch.

After: assemble at Pat’s beach hut
for tea/coffee/ginger beer/cake/toast.

09 January 2018

Newt Great Crested Male_Triturus cristatus

Highland Newts:
A Tale/Tail of Mystery

David O’Brien

(HBRG)

Highland Biological Recording Group

25 August 2017

Street Sale

Tain High Street

Council Service Point

10:00-12:00

The usual home-bakes, plants, books & bric-a-brac for sale.

Watch out for a raffle with Peggy Hedgehog !

Publicity leaflets.

13 February 2018

LOGO_tidyman

Plastics and Poo

Tara Proud

Marine Conservation Society

Marine Conservation Society

Future Field Trips


Saturday, 30/09/17

Beauly River

an autumn afternoon walk with fish supper in Beauly


Saturday, 21/10/17

Strathconon

Deer Rut


Saturday, 18/11/17

Udale bay

Geese and Other Migrants


Wednesday, 13/12/17

Gemenids & Star Watch

Tarbatness observatory

13 March 2018

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Scottish Capercaillie
The Story So Far

Gareth Marshall or Sarah West

RSPB

LOGO RSPB

Further Field Trips

Amat – Red Squirrels

Beach Clean

Inverness Islands

Bat Walk



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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