With the exception of January, meetings are held on the University Of Cumbria Campus, Ambleside, on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. The precise location of the next meeting is given on the home page.
The programme is currently in preparation and entries will be updated once fixed
11 October 2018
This lecture is supported by the Ambleside Natural History Society, the Ambleside Conservation Society (our student society), the University of Cumbria and a bequest by Jean and Morison Harding.
Living with Elephants
Lizzie Daly (Wildlife biologist and BBC presenter)
Join Lizzie for a talk on her time in Kenya where blurring the line of elephant and human habitats can lead to fatal clashes between both species. She spent 2 months in the heart of Laikipia where human – elephant conflict is a daily occurrence leaving her to ask the question can we actually coexist alongside elephants for the future? Hear Lizzie’s tales of wildlife, places and people and find out how her experiences on the ground have shaped her research.
8 November 2018
A Tourist Guide to the Universe
Stuart Atkinson (Secretary, Eddington Astronomical Society, Kendal)
A tour of the fascinating worlds of our solar system and beyond, to other stars and galaxies to appreciate our place in the universe, using the very latest photos from space probes and telescopes, computer animations and imagery.
6 December 2018
Wild Ennerdale: into the Future Natural
Tom Burditt (General Manager, National Trust, North Lakes)
Wild Ennerdale is widely considered to be one of the premier “wild land” partnerships in England. We are now into our 16th year towards delivering our ambition of “Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology”. This talk will look back at why the Wild Ennerdale partnership was formed, how we work, and what some of our achievements have been to date. I will discuss the real world challenges and issues we face, and look forward to what our ambitions and aspirations are for the future.
24 January 2019
Jacobs Join supper and Annual General Meeting followed by showing of members’ best natural history photographs taken during 2018 (no more than six each, brought on a memory stick).
Ambleside Parish Centre, St Mary’s Church, Ambleside LA22 9DH
This meeting begins at 7:00pm. Note also the change of location.
14 February 2019
Working with pine martens
John W Martin (Myotismart Ltd., Wildlife Surveyors)
The talk will describe the species and history to date in the U.K. It will include the work he has been involved with annually in the Galloway Forest since 2003. The population recovery generally and specifically in Cumbria will be covered.
14 March 2019 – Meeting cancelled
Changing land management for public payment for public goods
Andrew Herbert (Lake District National Park)
What could “Public payments for public goods” from land management mean for the Lake District and Cumbria? It is one of the key principles in the UK Government’s new policies for land management and the environment. Andrew will describe what people in the Lake District and Cumbria are doing to understand what this could mean and how we are taking forward local action in Cumbria and contributing to national policy development.
11 April 2019
Swifts – the Magic, the Mystery and the Tragedy
Peter Morton (Project Coordinator for Swifts in the Community)
Swifts engender enthusiasm and imagination like few other birds. This is a talk about how remarkable swifts are, how much we are only just understanding about them and how much we still don’t know. It is also about the plight of swifts, with numbers falling dramatically in recent years, and how much we can do to ensure they continue to grace our skies.
11 May 2019 (Saturday)
Visit to Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve owned by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It is about 20 miles from Ambleside off the A590 going south just past the Levens turn-off.
Information about the reserve can be found at
The current plan is to meet at 11am and bring a Jacob’s Join picnic lunch but full details will appear later.
Note that the date has changed from that appearing in the printed programme.