If you would like to participate please complete the registration form and return it to the Natural History Society, but please be aware that places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.




Nenescape Project “Monster Soup” June-July 2021


A revised update & suggested new timetable subject to the government’s latest guidelines in respect of Covid-19 and phased relaxation of lockdown rules.


Saturday 26th June : First introductory meeting at the Humfrey Rooms from 10am until 4.00pm. Overview of project : aims and objectives in the morning session. After lunch, practical introduction to use of microscopes.


Saturday 3rd. July : Second introductory meeting (10am until 4.00pm). Brief recapitulation of first meeting followed by further practice in use of microscopes to identify and observe river phytoplankton, followed in the afternoon by suggested methods for collection at chosen sites and precautions regarding health & safety.


Saturday 10th July : First outdoor session with initial meeting at selected site* at 10am. Fieldwork and collection of samples followed by afternoon session back at the Humfrey Rooms (1.30pm – 4.00pm) with emphasis on identification & observation of samples with the aid of the microscope.


Saturday 17th July : Second outdoor session with initial meeting at another selected site* (10am start) for fieldwork & collection of samples with follow-up laboratory work in the afternoon until 4.00pm.


Saturday 24th July : Final outdoor session at third site location* with afternoon follow-up at the Humfrey rooms.


Saturday 31st July : Final meeting at the Humfrey Rooms from 10am until 4.00pm. to including discussion, presentations & sharing of information and outcomes. We hope that this session will also provide an opportunity to plan how the group can communicate the projects’ outcomes in the form of a final display and report as part of the town’s heritage weekend in late September.


*Location of sites including map references will be revealed at the first and second introductory meetings of the project.

Michael Gibson (Project facilitator) assisted by Mike Longman Project consultant.


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Special Event


– a journey of exploration & discovery, studying microscopic flora & fauna found along stretches of the River Nene around Northampton.