We are very sorry to say that all meetings so far have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency. We will recommence them as soon as we are able, and publish details on this website and our Facebook page
Each month, we summarise some of the most interesting news from our Facebook account. Click here for details.
IN TROUBLE – PLEASE HELP!
Britain is one of the most nature-deprived countries in the world. Almost half of our wildlife is in long term decline, 1 in 4 mammals face extinction and none of our rivers or lakes is in good health. However, the Environment Bill, currently making its way through Parliament doesn’t guarantee action and no targets would be binding until 2038.
Many organisations are trying to get the bill improved, and a petition to the Prime Minister is calling for a legal guarantee for nature recovery by 2030.
If you feel strongly about this, please add your voice by clicking here to sign the petition.
Plantlife are again running this identification survey through 2021. The first of this year's four hunts will be for the spring favorites such as celandine, primrose, bluebell and cuckooflower. Click for details
OF BIODIVERSITY: THE DASGUPTA REVIEW
This report is now available on-line, including abridged versions.
IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
Dave Burges, who for many years sent in bird sightings on Black Down, has now moved to live in France. To our members he says that if anyone is passing through the Orb Valley, near Montpellier, in future they are welcome to get in touch by e-mail. He could give them some top tips on birding hotspots in the area and, Covid-19 permitting, possible offer of accommodation too.
PLANT EXTINCTION AROUND HASLEMERE
Andy Swan has produced a list of plants now thought to have disappeared from the area. Any new information on these species would be very welcome – please e-mail us if you can help.
A number of HNHS Science Papers have been produced over the years. They may be viewed in the library of Haslemere Educational Museum. Click here for details.
All are out-of print, except that printed copies of Ponsonby (1978) may be available on request to Andy Swan (free of charge). Struthers (2020) and, it is anticipated, papers published subsequently, will be available as digital copies from this web site. The Society is also considering making available scanned copies of selected old papers.
AREA BIRD E-MAIL GROUP
Ed Stubbs tells us of this group, covering a loose area down to Haslemere. They post sightings and chat about wildlife. If you're interested e-mail us, and we'll pass on your details to Ed.
The British Trust for Ornithology is always interested to hear of uncommon bird sightings. See their web site for details of the various recording and survey schemes they run to see if you can help.