We are very pleased to resume our field meetings, albeit with certain restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 situation. Assuming no changes in Government direction, the events shown on our Field Meetings page will go ahead with the following temporary limitations.
> Members only may attend - visitors will not be permitted at present
> Advance booking essential, at least 7 days in advance
> Social distancing to be observed
> Face coverings and hand gel to be used
Each month, we summarise some of the most interesting news from our Facebook account. Click here for details.
Alex Anderson has come across signs of beaver activity while monitoring the local site. Click here for his photos.
FIELD MEETING 12th FEBRUARY
There are still some places available for our two hour Chichester Harbour bird watching trip.
Details on our Field Meetings page.
E-mail us to book, or send a £10 per person deposit (payable to Haslemere Natural History Society) to Mrs Margaret Tomsett, Haslemere Natural History Society, Haslemere Museum,High Street, Haslemere GU27 2LA.
SURREY HILLS BOUNDARY
The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and therefore is a national important landscape. A review is taking place to decide whether further areas adjacent to the existing boundary should be designated. Evidence gathering ends on 31 January.
This formal boundary review is led by Natural England.
Residents who feel the AONB should be extended can find out more and make their views known by clicking here.
SAVED FROM REDEVELOPMENT!
We are delighted to hear that Surrey County Council are the new owners of the nature reserve - thanks to a consortium including Hampshire County Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, Guildford Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council and Farnham Town Council.
Surrey's press release: https://surrey-council.com/2021/12/16/six-councils-secure-the-future-of-nature-reserve/
The RSPB are again running this annual event from 28th to 30th January.
Click here to take part.
SOCIETY TREASURER ROLE - CAN YOU HELP?
The sudden sad loss of Mike Haynes means we now seek to appoint a new Treasurer.
We need someone who is comfortable with internet banking and spreadsheets to take on this vital role. This mainly consists of processing members' subscriptions (many are paid by Standing Order or bank transfer), paying occasional bills and reporting to the quarterly meetings of the Committee.
If you are interested in helping and would like to have a chat about this, please e-mail Margaret Hibbard (Chair).
Of course, later, Full Terms of Reference would be provided.
A number of HNHS Science Papers have been produced over the years. Most published papers are available as digital copies. Originals may also 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).
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.