Tuesday, 17 November 2020

So here it comes, the hard sell - can you afford *not* to join the Natural History Section of the Leicester Lit & Phil Society?

Newsletter

What do you get for your money? Free entry to all Natural History Section events, exclusive access to our summer programme of field meetings and the fabulous twice-yearly members newsletter - like Newsletter 111, Autumn 2020, which just dropped into members inboxes - the fully-illustrated, "It's like lockdown never happened" edition. 

Join here: https://www.leicesterlitandphil.org.uk/natural-history-section/

Contents:

  • Weather Summary, Tim Hartshorne: Storms Ellen and Francis, and a mini-heatwave.
  • How To Make a Wildlife Pond: Part 2, Sue Hitchings: The wildlife moves in.
  • False Ladybirds At Shady Lane Arboretum, Saharima Roenisch: Red imposters with black spots.
  • Brown Fields, Alan Cann: In our agriculturally impoverished County, it is the post-industrial brownfield sites which hold out hope to wildlife.
  • A Bonus of Rewilding, Rowan Roenisch: After forty years the grasshoppers return to the garden.
  • Common Plant Names in Different Cultures, Richard Graves: Finger hats, a thousand leaves and chicken blindness. 
  • The activities of a garden spider Araneus diadematus, Shelagh Tinning: Observations through the kitchen window. 
  • Unexpected Urban Moth Caterpillars, Saharima Roenisch: July was a busy time for Lepidoptera in Leicester. 
  • Weasels in Oadby, Saharima Roenisch: Stoatally fascinating. 
  • A Double-First for VC55, John Tinning: More marvellous moths move in. 
  • Cotesia glomerata, Parasitic Braconidae Wasp, Hazel Graves: Nature’s way of ensuring fewer caterpillars on his cabbages in 2021.
  • Oaks in VC55, Russell Parry, Illustrations, Lindsay-Anne Heald: Which ones grow here? The chance to be a detective.
  • Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society Natural History Section enters the Virtual World, Hazel Graves: Zoom Meetings in 2020.
  • Rutland’s Impenetrable Swamp, Steve Woodward: Private parts of part of Rutland Water.

 


Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Garden Moth Trapping – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly?

Moth Trap

 Wednesday 04/11/2020 - 19:00 - online via Zoom

Garden moth trapping is in the ascendancy at the moment. What is the appeal and how does it contribute to our knowledge of moths in the county? Adrian Russell, VC55 County Moth Recorder and 37 year veteran of garden moth trapping, explains. Join us online from 7pm for 7.30 - refreshments served from 7pm! 

Natural History Section members will be sent details via email. Non-members are also welcome to join these events - if you would like to join us online via Zoom at 7.00pm on Wednesday 04.11.2020, please register here: https://forms.gle/Rb1VVDtKfyPzBKpL6

We will send an email to the address you submit with instructions on how to join on the day of the meeting.

 

Friday, 9 October 2020

Biodiversity in Leicestershire in 2040 - what, where, why and how

Recording of the online meeting of the Leicester Lit & Phil Natural History Section on Wednesday October 7th 2020.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday November 4th 2020 7.00pm: 

Garden Moth Trapping – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly?
Adrian Russell, VC55 County Moth Recorder - online via Zoom

Garden moth trapping is in the ascendancy at the moment. What is the appeal and how does it contribute to our knowledge of moths in the county? Adrian Russell, VC55 County Moth Recorder and 37 year veteran of garden moth trapping, explains. Join us online from 7pm for 7.30 - refreshments served from 7pm! Natural History Section members will be sent details via email. Non-members are also welcome to join these events - if you would like to join us online via Zoom at 7.00pm on Wednesday 04.11.2020, please register here: https://forms.gle/Rb1VVDtKfyPzBKpL6

 


Friday, 2 October 2020

Biodiversity in Leicestershire in 2040: what, where, why and how

More, bigger, better connected - and messy? Beavers, boar and bison? John Clarkson, Head of Conservation for Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust gives us his vision of the future for Leicestershire and Rutland: 
"In the world of nature conservation, we are on the cusp of perhaps the most exciting times of the last 50 years; once again we can perhaps look forward with positivity to some commitment to change from the power-brokers and decision-makers that ultimately define the world that we live in. I want to go beyond the usual talk of rewilding - of species reintroductions and the like - as the future of nature conservation and to explore our future relationship with biodiversity in Leicestershire and Rutland over the coming decades."

Leicester Lit & Phil Natural History Section meetings in autumn 2020 will be held online via Zoom. Natural History Section members will be sent details via email. Non-members are also welcome to join these events - if you would like to join us online via Zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 07.10.2020, please register here: https://forms.gle/8pk1gTMmtBresS2AA

We will send an email to the address you submitted with instructions on how to join on the day of the meeting.
 

Friday, 28 August 2020

A Taste of our Summer Programme

Because we have not been able to run our normal summer programme of events in 2020, here's a taste of one of the monthly members-only online meetings we have been holding. We will be making some exciting announcements about our autumn programme soon.


Thursday, 2 July 2020

Natural History Section Online Meeting 01.07.2020



The Natural History Section held another fascinating and information packed online meeting last night. The recording will shortly be made available to Members - check your email.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Listen to the moths



A number of Natural History Section members like moths, so you may also like to listen to this BBC programme:

BBC Sounds: Moth
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095rbt9


Brett Westwood steps into the world of a creature charged with the lore of night, whose dance with a flame has captivated us and whose cocoons have clothed us. Walk with him as he takes a journey into the domain of the moth.