The Ambleside Natural History Society meets in a spirit of friendship and goodwill to share in all aspects of natural history, geology, the countryside, its scenery, its flora and fauna, its use, its buildings, its history, the activities of its inhabitants, etc. Almost nothing is excluded.

Members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings.

The programme for 2017/8 is available at the heading tab.


Next Meeting

9 November 2017  at 7:30 pm

Ambleside Campus, University of Cumbria


‘Arctic charr:  the Cumbrian ecology and status of an Ice Age relict’

Dr Ian Winfield (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Natural Environment Research Council)

The Arctic charr was one of the first fish species to colonise what was to become the UK after the last glaciation.  Having now been with us for c. 10,000 years and being of recognised biodiversity and fisheries importance, its Cumbrian populations nevertheless face a range of environmental threats.  This presentation will describe the local ecology of this remarkable fish and discuss its future conservation.

View map of Ambleside Campus

The Percival Lecture Theatre may be used and is shown as part of building number 10; it is further up the hill than the Beehive and on the right of the paved area.

The alternative venue is the Beehive, building number 13 on the map.

If you turn in at The Armitt Museum, park in the car parks at the bottom of the hill (free in the evenings) then walk up the hill. The Beehive is the single storey building on your right, the Percival Lecture Theatre is slightly further up the hill to the flat area and is again on your right.

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