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Highland Biological Recording Group

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The 2014 AGM of the HBRG will be held in Tain Saturday, 29th November.

November 29, 2014 HBRG-AGM

You are welcome to attend.  An excellent opportunity to increase your interest in Natural History, both local and further afield.

Field Excursion to Shandwick – 13th August

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

13 members of TDFC spent a most enjoyable evening with Pat Rae & her visitor Hillary.  We started with a barbecue cooked by Pat.

We then set off to explore the beach.  We stopped at an area which had been stripped bare in the December storm.  This had been colonised by green algae.  We spent an hour investigating this area then returned to Pat’s for strawberries, raspberries and Stewart’s famous cheesecake.

Thanks to Pat for hosting this trip yet again.

Green BeachClick image to view

Examining the Green Beach.
The TDFC group on the exposed beach.
Discussion of the finds.
Pat enjoying the barbeque.
Barbeque time near the beach.

2013 – 2014 Programme

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

For its thirty third year Programme the poster below lists the lectures for the coming Winter season. Continue reading “2013 — 2014 Programme” »

Monsterfest !

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Friday 14 to Sunday 23 June 2013
The Monster is back
With a new look and a brand new exciting programme of science & technology themed events! Continue reading “Monsterfest !” »


Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

You are invited to attend the Highland Aspen Group AGM and Field Trip on:Highland Aspen Group

Saturday 27th April 2013. Continue reading “HIGHLAND ASPEN GROUP” »

2012 Transit of Venus

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun.

The next transit of Venus occurs 6 June, 2012.  Observers in or near Tain will see the transit at sunrise : 04:19, transit ends 5:36. This will be the last transit of Venus to occur in your lifetime. Continue reading “2012 Transit of Venus” »

2011 Scottish Nature Photography Competition

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Photographers from all over the world are drawn to and inspired by Scotland’s landscape and natural heritage.

The Scottish Nature Photography Awards celebrates nature, wildlife and landscape photography in Scotland. Continue reading “2011 Scottish Nature Photography Competition” »

Butterfly Conservation Highland Branch Events in August 2011

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Here are details of Butterfly Conservation Highland Branch Events in August. There are a couple of new events in the second half of the month that were not on the original list of events and both are aimed at the general public but of course everyone is welcome as usual. Continue reading “Butterfly Conservation Highland Branch Events in August 2011” »

Third visit to Morrich More

Monday, July 4th, 2011

We have had two successful visits to the Morrich already this year (2011), but we have another opportunity to visit on Saturday, 9th July, when there will be more chance to look for butterflies and insects.Those who have already had their safety briefing can just turn up at the meeting point below.

For any who have not had the briefing should get in touch with myself or David a.s.a.p. to discuss arrangements.

Also please note that the 9th is a Saturday, and the Range gate (for info at NH 831 826 near deep ditch and pine tree) will be locked and we will need to walk from there – or cycle as we did in May. For those with no bike, even the near part of the Range and the lochans are not too far and very well worth a visit.

The site is very wet at present, so wellies will be useful if going near the lochans. Good walking boots and gaiters were ok last time.

Meeting point will be at 10.30 at the general Fendom entrance (NH 821 814) by the Land and Marine mega shed on the Tain-Portmahomack road. Plenty of parking there for car sharing/bike unloading etc.

This is a fabulous and very large site, and any chance to see it should be taken!

Any queries – just ask!



East Ross BioDiversity Event

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011




Biodiversity Poster 2011Click image to view


7.00pm Welcome and Introduction

Chairperson: Dr Kenny Taylor

7.15pm Local Biodiversity Projects (4x 15 mins inc questions)

  • The Greenhouse (tbc)
  • Blackwater Environmental Group
  • Ferintosh Environmental group
  • RSPB Volunteer Project
8.15pm Break

Tea / Coffee and cake  – chance to browse stalls

8.35pm Local Biodiversity Projects (3x 15 mins inc questions)

  • River Peffery Project
  • Milton Community Woodland
  • TBC



Feedback, Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Chairperson: Dr Kenny Taylor


  1. RSPB
  2. Scottish Mink Initiative
  3. Nature Detectives
  4. ERBG/ Highland Council (postcards etc)
  5. River Peffery Project?
  6. Highland Red Squirrel Project

This project is being part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Highland LEADER 2007-2013 Programme. It receives match funding from Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB Scotland.

Highland Biodiversity Forum – 2011

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Call for bookings - Highland Biodiversity Forum 2011

The next meeting of the Highland Biodiversity Forum will take place at Highland Council Chambers, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd April 2011 (tea & coffee will be available from 10am).   Please find enclosed an updated programme and reply slip.

Places are still available and we hope that you or a colleague will be able to attend.  Please return the enclosed reply slip (by email or post, see reply slip) to Hazel Bews at rowan-tree-consulting by Thursday 31st March.

Thanks to everyone who has booked already - detailed confirmations will be sent on Friday morning (tomorrow).

Best wishes

Hazel Bews

Solar Eclipse 4th January 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The portents were not good but in places the dawn was clear enough to observe the rising sun partly occluded by the moon’s disk.  Several TDFC members were in place to record this event – here are resulting photos.


Salmon Trap Open Day

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Notice has been received from Martin Hind (Highland Council Ranger) for :
Salmon Trap open day
at Tarvie by Garve 27/11/2010. Continue reading “Salmon Trap Open Day” »