We are very sorry to say that all meetings so far have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency. Do keep checking our website - we'll post updates on future meetings as soon as things are clearer.
We now have a presence on Facebook, so do check to see what we're up to. Click here to view.
VIDEO - 9th June 2020
Members may be interested to see this 10 minute video about the wildflower meadow Michael and Jane Joseph have created. They spoke to us at our AGM in April 2019 and this was followed up with a field meeting to the meadow in June 2019. Click here to view
In this time of Covid-19 restrictions the Society did not produce the
Summer Newsletter. For the next Newsletter it would be interesting to
receive from members any experiences of wildlife during the lock-down
times. So maybe you could write a short article and email it to us?
THURSLEY NATURE RESERVE
The serious fire at this wonderful wildlife site was finally brought under control by 2nd June, but about a third of the reserve (150 hectares) has been damaged. Very bad news for the flora and fauna species on the site, many of which are rare or endangered.
The reintroduction of beavers to Valewood has sadly been put on hold for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency.
Keep an eye on the sky as there are a number of juvenile white-tailed eagles floating about! Some of these are the re-introduced Isle of Wight birds, but there are also up to three birds which are assumed to be of continental European origin. They are ranging very widely, and would be the biggest, blackest bird you will ever see over the Western Weald - if you are lucky!
THE ADDERS OF MARLEY COMMON - FINAL REPORT
During 2014 and 2015 the society funded a study of the adders on Marley Common aimed at understanding the movements of males during the mating season and their foraging behaviour.
This report of the study findings, published as an HNHS Science Paper, can now be downloaded by clicking here.
No part of this report may be used without permission from Haslemere Natural History Society.
OTHER HNHS PUBLICATIONS
A number of other 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.