2018-9 Meetings

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.

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 Moreton (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.

12 May 2019 (Sunday)

Visit to Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve

Foulshaw Moss is an excellent example of a raised lowland peat bog with unique flora and fauna managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Information about the reserve can be found at


We will meet at the car park at 11:00hrs and have a walk around the reserve followed by a Jacob’s Join picnic.

It is about 20 miles from Ambleside on the left-hand side of the A590 going south just past the Levens turn-off.

Note that the date has changed from that appearing in the printed programme.

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