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
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HORSESHOE BATS ON SPRINGWATCH
BBC Springwatch featured an item about the return of this rare species to our local bat roost.
Meantime, volunteers have been helping clear the site before it is renovated to attract more bats. A few have already returned, so we are hopeful that more pups will be born in the summer.
HNHS made a substantial contribution to this project last year, but urgently needed repairs still need funding. More details from Vincent Wildlife Trust.
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.
NEW SCIENTIFIC PAPER
We are delighted to report that Andy Swan has just published an updated Flora for the area. It was launched at our AGM on Saturday 23rd April, price £8.
It continues a series of works on the same subject published by Haslemere Natural History Society in its Science Papers. The first, titled “A List of the Flowering Plants and Ferns Occurring Within Six Miles of Haslemere” was authored by Rose Jackson in 1909, and the fourth and most recent by Laura Ponsonby in 1978.
The paper documents the occurrence of vascular plants in the Haslemere area, and could assist in identifying botanically rich sites that might warrant protection.
Click here to view.
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.