Curlew talk with Mary Colwell

Curlews, with Mary Colwell, 7.30 Wednesday 23rd November, Gala Club, Fairmile Gdns, Gloucester, GL2 9EB. Free – no booking necessary, donations welcome on the evening.

Mary works with BBC Wildlife in Bristol, and has been deeply concerned at the decline of the Curlew, not only in UK, but in Ireland, where the decline has been even more dramatic. To draw attention to this issue she undertook a 500 mile walk in May, beginning in Ireland and ending in Lincolnshire. Details of her walk and of many other Curlew projects are presented on her website She is currently active in promoting  actions to conserve Curlews, and in raising funds for this purpose. She is organising (in cooperation with the Irish official conservation authorities) a conference on Curlews at Tullamore, County Offaly, in early November, is holding a series of public Curlew evenings to publicise Curlew issues, and is a key figure in planning the major workshop planned for Slimbridge on February 2nd.

Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK. The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees. The hornet found in Tetbury is currently undergoing DNA testing at the National Bee Unit in North Yorkshire to help establish how it arrived in the UK. The hornet arrived in France in 2004 and is now common across large areas of Europe. It was discovered for the first time in Jersey and Alderney this summer. It is believed the species will not be able survive in the north of the UK due to colder winters.

Defra press release:
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Dragonflies & Damselflies of Gloucestershire now on sale

Dragons Cover002Copies of ‘Dragonflies & Damselflies of Gloucestershire’ by Ingrid Twisell are now available to buy on the publications page. The result of a long and careful campaign of fieldwork and recording, this publication is an important addition to Gloucestershire fauna reference works and contains much useful information about dragonflies & damselflies in the county complete with distribution maps, flight times, sites guide etc. It is lavishly illustrated with photographs of both species and habitats. Copies of the book cost £15 plus £2.50 p&p. Please note that stocks are limited.

Join GNS online!

It is now possible to become a member of GNS online. Various options such as one-year membership, recurring annual membership and life membership are available to both new and existing members alike.

In addition to field meetings and indoor meetings, members of the Society receive:

  • the quarterly newsletter, containing articles on wildlife matters as well as news about the Society and its events;
  • a free copy of The Gloucestershire Bird Report each year;
  • free copies of The Gloucestershire Naturalist which contains more scientific articles on Gloucestershire wildlife.

GNS members also have free access to the Society’s extensive library of several thousand volumes, which is held at Hartpury College.

For further information, to become a member or to renew your existing membership, visit our membership page.

‘GNS News’ back issues

GNS News 201403‘GNS News’ is the quarterly magazine published by the Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society, containing articles on wildlife matters as well as news about the Society. Members of the Society receive a printed copy of this magazine each quarter. Back issues of the magazine are now available to download or read online. If you’d like to enrol as a member to receive the latest editions in the mail, along with the other benefits of membership, such as an annual copy of ‘The Gloucestershire Bird Report’ and ‘The Gloucestershire Naturalist’, which contains more scientific articles on the county’s wildlife,  click here.

Upcoming GNS meetings

Tales of Remarkable Birds
Tales of Remarkable Birds, by Dominic Couzens

The next GNS Indoor Meeting is due to take place on Friday 8th April – An illustrated talk on Scotland – Landscape and Wildlife by Andrew Bluett. Come and see why Scotland looks like it does and some of the wildlife that inhabits the landscapes there. At Watermoor Church Hall, Watermoor Lane, Cirencester GL7 1JR, 7pm for a 7.30 start.

The next field meeting is on Sunday 10th April – Crabtree Hill and Woorgreens Lake in the beautiful Forest of Dean – A meeting of general interest, Birds and other wildlife to be led by Andrew Bluett (01452 610085 / 07584 689090). Meet at SO 624 125 in the car park on the north side of the road ½ mile to the east of Speech House Hotel. 11am to 1pm. Binoculars are an advantage and please dress appropriately, it may be chilly and damp but will be interesting.

On Thursday 14th April a joint meeting with Painswick Bird Club, 7.00pm for 7.30pm at Painswick Town Hall in the centre of Painswick, just across the road from the Churchyard entrance. An illustrated talk by author and broadcaster Dominic Couzens – “Tales of Remarkable Birds – interesting and unusual behaviour”.

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