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.

Non-members are welcome to attend our meetings at a charge of £3.

Next Meeting

Sunday 16 June at 10am

Moth identification at Holehird Gardens

Several moth traps will be set in different parts of the garden the night before and we will then check them together in the morning with the help of moth expert Guy Broom.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the different species of moths, as well as their role as pollinators and indicators of ecosystem health. If you are interested in macro-photography, feel free to bring your camera set-up along, as there will be opportunity to take photos of the moths we catch. We will submit all records to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre and thus contribute to biodiversity monitoring in our region.

The event is weather-sensitive and we may need to cancel if the weather is wet overnight. We have therefore identified Sunday 23 June as a backup date. If you are planning to come, please email ambleside.nhs@gmail.com so that we can confirm closer to the time. Please also indicate whether you require a lift or are able to give one. It would be good to take as few cars as possible.

Thanks to Steven Mees and the Lakeland Horticultural Society for letting us use the Holehird site!

A guide to travel to Ambleside Campus can be found at this link with a campus map in the section on cycling.

The Percival Lecture Theatre is in the Langdale Building, number 5 on the map.

The alternative venue is the Beehive, building number 2 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 Langdale Building is slightly further, up the steps to the flat area and is again on your right.

The committee always welcomes suggestions for future talks; if you have suggestions for talks, comments on what we are doing or if you want to become a member email us at ambleside.nhs@gmail.com.

Our programmes for previous years are available at the heading tab.

Swifts in Ambleside

Following a talk on swifts to ANHS by Peter Moreton in April 2019, Pete Martin set up a small group to monitor swifts and their nest sites in Ambleside each summer.

Click on the links to read Pete’s reports of their observations.

2019 report

2020 report

2021 report

2022 report

2023 report

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