The PROVISIONAL summer field excursion programme for 2021 is now finalised, and can be seen here. Each excursion is subject to confirmation nearer the relevant date.

The 2020-21 winter programme of Tuesday evening talks will take place on-line.

On Tuesday May 11thth at 7:00pm, we have a talk from Scott Shanks on Brownfields and Biodiversity.
A look at the importance of post-industrial brownfield sites as refugia for wildlife. These post-industrial sites are often regarded negatively as reminders of long-gone industries and abandoned communities. Despite this, many brownfield sites are treasure troves of biodiversity. The best sites support a complex mosaic of habitats such as pools, bare ground, grassland, scrub, woodland and ‘caves’ in the form of old abandoned buildings, all in close proximity. This complex mosaic of habitats and niches supports many species, and, as a result, brownfield sites may have as many rare invertebrates as ancient woodland!
Scott Shanks began his scientific career as a geneticist/microbiologist at the University of Aberdeen, proceeding to a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Glasgow, working on yeasts. He then became Buglife Scotland’s Conservation Officer, and has recently moved to a similar position with RSPB Scotland. In his spare time (!), Scott is chair of Butterfly Conservation’s Glasgow and West of Scotland branch, and is butterfly records co-ordinator for that area.

This meeting is held jointly with Paisley and Hamilton Natural History Societies.

Guests are most welcome to join us − click on the Zoom link here.

At our February meeting the winners of the 2020-21 PhotoSCENE photographic competition were announced. The winning entries, and those from previous years can be seen here.

The Glasgow Naturalist volume 27(3): many of the constituent papers and short notes can be seen here Contents; further contributions will be added as they are finalised.

The Glasgow Naturalist volume 27(2): is now printed and distributed to subscribers. All short notes and papers are available online at Contents.

GNHS & BRISC bursaries for 2020 − 21: we regret that bursaries will not be offered this year, because of uncertainties over availablility of courses at FSC and other course-providers; we expect that bursaries will again be offered in November 2021 towards courses in 2022.

The Flora of Lanarkshire by the late Peter Macpherson is still available at £38.50; order on-line at Nature Bureau bookshop or Members may order at a lower price direct from GNHS.

The Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland, Chris McInerny and Pete Minting. Published by GNHS; download it free here (PDF, 135Mb) or email Chris McInerny to buy a printed copy for £22.50.


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