Founded 1876

Northamptonshire Natural History Society

President
Mike Gibson
Secretary
CT Sampson

Current programme

All meetings across all sections

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Section
Date
Where*
Details
Saturday Walks
Sat, 24 Jun 2017, 12:49
Out
brafield – on – the – green
Brafield – On – The – Green is a very pretty village for a midsummer stroll. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. Refreshments provided after the walk
Microscopy
Sun, 25 Jun 2017, 10:00
HR
the annual exhibition of microscopy
Including sales, exhibits, talks and Photo competition: This is another opportunity to meet with fellow microscopists and enthusiasts from around the country and also to see what’s on offer in the way of sales items. Why not bring along an exhibit of your own? Sales and exhibits in the morning and lectures in the afternoon. Please contact Mike Gibson for further information.
Astronomy
Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 29 Jun 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Saturday Walks
Sat, 01 Jul 2017, 10:51
Out
foxton locks
We travel over the border into the county of Leicestershire to Foxton Locks today. Meet for bus SC X7 at 10.51am. Take a picnic or use the facilities at the canalside.
Meteorology
Sat, 01 Jul 2017, 11:00
HR
meteorology, a meeting for all interested in weather. summer fun.
We will undertake some field work, cloud identification and weather observation using our senses, portable instruments and the instruments at the Humfrey Rooms. Then look at these observations in context with the overall weather pattern and try our hand at drawing a weather chart and making a forecast.
Microscopy
Tue, 04 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
diatoms (part i) – an introduction
by Mike Gibson. If you’ve never seen these beautiful plant life forms now’s the chance to find out more. A unique feature of diatoms is that they are enclosed within a cell wall made of silica and called a frustule, which show a wide diversity in form, but are usually almost bilaterally symmetrical - hence the group name. Learn how to view clearly these often difficult subjects under the microscope.
Photography
Wed, 05 Jul 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Special events
Fri, 07 Jul 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
First Friday afternoon of every month, from June to December. NBRC’s WILDside Project Coordinator, Ryan Clark, is a young naturalist, who is a mine of information on everything to do with wildlife identification. Bring him your specimens and photos at our meeting rooms (or email the latter to him at WILDside@NorthantsBRC.org.uk. He’ll either help you to a correct identification or find someone who can amongst local or national specialists. This meeting is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 08 Jul 2017, 12:49
Out
cold brayfield to newton blossomville
is an ideal spot for a summer walk. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. Drinks available.
Astronomy
Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. At past meetings we've enjoyed presentations on topics from astrophotography to cosmology. We'll also offer some topical observing inspiration for you, despite the long days and short nights! Guests are very welcome. If you've got any questions come along and ask them.
Special events
Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 14:30
HR
eastern england
The English coast south of Robin hoods bay including a visit to Butlins.
General
Thu, 13 Jul 2017, 14:30
HR
amy, wonderful amy
Postponed from January - an audio-visual presentation by Roy Smart on the remarkable story of popular aviation pioneer Amy Johnson - describing the triumphs and disasters of her aviation career - and her mysterious disappearance while on air force duty during the war.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 15 Jul 2017, 11:20
Out
old
A new area for us to visit is the village of Old. Meet for bus SC 10 at 11.20am. Drinks and snacks available at Old.
Microscopy
Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
diatoms (part ii)
by Mike Gibson. In this session we show you how to prepare and make permanent slides of these beautiful plant life forms. Also how to adjust your microscope for the best lighting and contrast.
Photography
Wed, 19 Jul 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Special events
Thu, 20 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
grasslands in northamptonshire
A historic and dynamic habitat [A WILDside presentation] Matt Johnson (WTBCN Living Landscapes Manager) is ideally placed to take us on a virtual tour of the county’s varied grassland habitats, their histories, features of importance and their future conservation on nature reserves and by  private and public landowners. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 22 Jul 2017, 10:55
Out
wellingborough embankment
A walk along Wellingborough Embankment is this week’s choice. Meet for bus SC X46 at 10.55am. Refreshments after the walk.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 27 Jul 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
Saturday Walks
Sat, 29 Jul 2017, 12:49
Out
turvey
The field route behind the Abbey at Turvey has proved to be a popular walk. Meet for bus SC 41 at 12.49pm. The local Inns provide drinks.
Astronomy
Mon, 31 Jul 2017, --:--
Out
astronomy section summer social
It's time for this year's summer social. A chance to catch up with other members over food and drink. The time and venue will be announced in due course. Booking will be required, but all are welcome.
Microscopy
Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
staining, an introduction
by Mike Asquith. One way of highlighting the different structures of a sample is by means of staining. Mike gives an introduction to some of the theory of staining with demonstrations.
Photography
Wed, 02 Aug 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Special events
Fri, 04 Aug 2017, 14:00
HR
wildside identification surgery
First Friday afternoon of every month, from June to December. NBRC’s WILDside Project Coordinator, Ryan Clark, is a young naturalist, who is a mine of information on everything to do with wildlife identification. Bring him your specimens and photos at our meeting rooms (or email the latter to him at WILDside@NorthantsBRC.org.uk. He’ll either help you to a correct identification or find someone who can amongst local or national specialists. This meeting is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 05 Aug 2017, 10:39
Out
crick
The village of Crick is an established favourite venue, where we can walk beside the canal and across the fields. Food and drinks obtainable nearby. Meet for bus SC 96 at 10.39am.
Meteorology
Sat, 05 Aug 2017, 11:00
HR
meteorology
Meteorology, a meeting for all interested in weather. Summer fun. We will undertake some field work, cloud identification and weather observation using our senses, portable instruments and the instruments at the Humfrey Rooms. Then look at these observations in context with the overall weather pattern and try our hand at drawing a weather chart and making a forecast.
Special events
Wed, 09 Aug 2017, 10:30
HR
open house
The Humfrey rooms will be open for members and guests to chat and study the literature and exhibits. Tea and coffee available.
Archaeology & History
Wed, 09 Aug 2017, 14:30
HR
south east england
Our journey around the coast of the united kingdom comes to an end at the white cliffs of Dover.
General
Thu, 10 Aug 2017, 14:30
HR
rosslyn chapel
The history and restoration of mysterious and magical Rosslyn Chapel. The ornate stonework carvings have been the source of many intriguing theories, myths and legends.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 11:19
Out
towcester
We are spoilt for choice with our trip to Towcester today! We can walk through the water meadows or beside Silverstone Brook and look in at the Flower Festival in the Church. The Blisworth Canal Festival will also be taking place for those who want to stop off there. Meet for bus SC 88 at 11.19am. Food and drinks on offer at either venue or take a picnic.
Astronomy
Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 19:30
Out
the perseids
It's time for our annual pilgrimage to view the Perseid meteor shower as near to the peak as possible. Unfortunately the Moon will be up around the peak making faint meteors hard to see. On the positive side, Saturn is to the south early in the evening and there may be a chance to catch a setting Jupiter too! The venue will be announced at a later date and a clear night would be welcome. Keep watching @NorthantsAstro and https://www.facebook.com/nnhsastro for details.
Astronomy
Mon, 14 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
A special Telescopic Topics since all of our main contributors are away chasing some solar eclipse in the USA! So it really is a members' evening where short, or long, contributions are invited on any vaguely astronomical topics. We will have a presentation of the night sky in August. There's plenty to be seen, so you'll have no excuse not to get the binoculars and telescopes out as the days grow shorter. Guests very welcome. An account of the Perseids seen at the section outing on the 12th.
Microscopy
Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
practical slide staining
by Mike Asquith. This will be an excellent chance to experiment and get ‘up-close and dirty’ with different types of stain. It will certainly be an interesting, and perhaps a very colourful evening.
Photography
Wed, 16 Aug 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 19 Aug 2017, 11:25
Out
irchester country park
Irchester Country Park provides several routes to follow. Meet for bus SC X47 at 11.25am. Picnic or use the park café.
Special events
Thu, 24 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
wildside: the story so far…. and what’s to come.
[A WILDside presentation] Ryan Clark, who is the WILDside Project Manager will be talking about the first few months of this interesting and much-needed initiative; how the various elements are working so far and the opportunities for each of us to get involved in different ways. He promises lots of pictures and examples involving lots of the early participants. This presentation is arranged by the WILDside project which the NNHS supports with the use of the Humfrey Rooms.
Saturday Walks
Sat, 26 Aug 2017, 10:21
Out
leicester botanic garden
Leicester Botanic Garden is today’s ‘off-road location! Meet for bus SC X7 at10.21am. The café on site should be open and picnics may be allowed in the garden.
Photography
Wed, 30 Aug 2017, 20:00
HR
impromptu photographic nights
Come along with your camera gear. Subject to be agreed on the night and may be Post Processing (Photoshop), Still Life, Studio Flash, AV, or anything else you would like to cover. Guests very welcome.
Zoology & Ornithology
Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 14:30
HR
lecture to be announced
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