Upcoming events

G.N.S holds many events throughout the year. Unless specified, all events are free for members.

Field meetings, unless stated below, will last about two hours and will be of general interest, including birds, botany, geology… whatever turns up! Stout footwear essential, and remember your hand-lens and binoculars. Post codes are sometimes provided to help satnav users get roughly to the right location, but please bear in mind that for rural locations these will only be approximate and you will still need to find the exact location from the grid reference.

Advice and Guidance for Field Meetings.
Health and Safety is of paramount importance. This document is essential reading and includes notes for organisers, notes for participants, and emergency contact numbers: Health and Safety for GNS Field Meetings (PDF).

For queries relating to field meetings please contact Des Marshall on 01242 245143. For queries relating to any Cirencester indoor meeting contact Ken Cservenka at [email protected]. For other meetings contact Mervyn Greening on 01531 820166.

Date: 01/02/2020 - 29/02/2020
Time: 00:00
Gloucestershire winter bird survey
The second part of this year’s Gloucestershire Winter Bird Survey, a long-term study that aims to pick up changes in common bird numbers over time; consequently suitable for fledgling birders and embryo wildlife surveyors. For...
Date: 06/03/2020
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Talk by Julian Hector at the AGM
Gala Club, Gloucester GLoucesterhire
Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society Presents: “Big Natural History Television and the Conservation of the Natural World”. A Talk by Julian Hector - Head of the BBC Natural History Unit. Julian heads up the BBC Studios Natural...
Date: 13/03/2020
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Annual business meeting
Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester Gloucestershire
Annual Business Meeting, Members Night, Photographic and Artistic Competitons. Also Cheese and Wine party. Please note the Business Meeting only takes up around 20 minutes.
Date: 14/03/2020
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Forest of Dean raptors
New Fancy viewpoint, Forest of Dean Gloucestershire
New Fancy View, Forest of Dean. Based at the view point to look for goshawks and other raptors. Other possible species include siskin and redpoll. Meet in the car park SO627095. Leader Andrew Bluett 01452...
Date: 21/03/2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
iNaturalist for ID & recording
Newent Town Car Park, Newent Gloucestershire
A morning meeting on how to use the iNaturalist phone app for identification and recording. This is a relatively simple app which uses photographs from a phone to identify specimens. Park and meet in the...
Date: 03/04/2020
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Butterfly Britain
Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester Gloucestershire
Oliver Smart present Butterfly Britain: A photographic record of all the British species of Butterfly.

Additional events

In addition to the upcoming events listed above, members may like to know of the following field meetings.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Events and surveys across the county. Contact David Dewsbury for details. Phone 01594 832068, mobile 07786 543961, email [email protected]

Dean Fungus Group

The Dean Fungus Group http://www.deanfungusgroup.com/ runs forays throughout the year. Contact Keith or Valerie Davies for information on 01452 760278 or email email [email protected]

GNS Lichen Group

The Lichen Group meets once a month during the warmer months. New people, including beginners, always welcome. Lichen meetings begin at 11am and generally go on until about 4pm, though you are encouraged to stay for just as long as you wish. All you need is a x10 hand lens, and a picnic if you intend staying after lunch. To join the mailing list, email Juliet Bailey, [email protected]
Maps and illustrations of Gloucestershire lichens are online at http://gloslichens.potsherd.net

Gloucestershire Invertebrate Group

The GIG has field meetings mainly at weekends from April to October. GNS members are welcome to come along and see what they do. Contact David Iliff, 01242 674398, [email protected] for further advice. Look out for Invertebrate meetings during National Insect Week.

Gloucestershire Botanical Group

Contact Mark and Clare Kitchen for information. Phone 01453 810958, mobile on the day 07783 448203, email [email protected]

All meetings are for botanical recording and will not have had a visit beforehand so the excitement of what we find is for all participants. We will identify as many plants as possible so suitable for learners and more experienced botanists. As well as the plants we are searching for we will record all we see.

Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group

The Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group meets monthly from October to April; see the British Bryological Society website for details.