All meetings start at 7.30pm and are held at the Countryside Centre, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon. Everyone is welcome: Members free, non-members/guests welcome on payment of £2 (refunded if you join on the night).
Thursday 17th October 2019 Roots of Rockingham: Life between the trees – Susannah O’Riordan from Butterfly Conservation
Hear about the Back from the Brink ‘Roots of Rockingham’ project and the work going on in woodlands across Rockingham Forest to improve them for a number of threatened species and create the perfect conditions for the re-introduction of the Chequered Skipper.
Thursday 21th November 2018 Ants - Ecology and behaviour - Brian Eversham
The talk is an introduction to British ants, their habitats and behaviour. Ants are the most accessible and easily identified of the social insects, with only about 50 species, a handful of which can be found in most gardens, this is a group anyone can get to know, and can add to our understanding.
Thursday 5th December 2018 ‘Members Christmas Evening’
Please bring some of your wildlife pictures on a disc or memory stick to show as well as specimens etc. and some food to share. Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy some time to chat and socialise.
There will also be a raffle & quiz.
Thursday 23rd January 2019 Murderous Monarchs, Toxic Smogs and Texting Cows: The History, Wildlife and Ongoing Management of Epping Forest – Gordon Wyatt
Epping Forest is a large and internationally-important tract of woodland, grassland, heathland and wetland habitats. Outside the London area, however, it is generally less well-known among naturalists than, for example, Ashdown Forest or the New Forest. In his talk, Gordon Wyatt will give an overview of the rich and varied history of Epping Forest from the Neolithic to the near future, showing how pivotal events in British history have shaped the Forest that we see today and the wildlife that can be found there.
Thursday 20th February 2019 Hedgehogs - Judith Large, Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital
The talk will essentially be about the conservation work we do at the hedgehog hospital and how everyone can help with the preservation and support of the local hedgehog population if we work together as a community.
Saturday 28th March (AGM) Hidden gems - tracking Cambridgeshire's Flycatchers – Michael Holdsworth
The Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society AGM will begin the evening and after the talk there will be a light buffet provided at a cost of £3.00 per head (including a drink) and there will be a raffle.
One of our most treasured summer migrants, the Spotted Flycatcher, is disappearing. It is one of our most declined species, down 87% in the last fifty years. Old Huntingdonshire remains something of a stronghold for them. A unique research project, based in Cambridgeshire, is combining cutting-edge geolocator tracking research and citizen science to identify the problems behind this decline, and to work towards finding solutions.