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.

Our next meeting will be held in the Beehive

University of Cumbria campus

14 March 2024 at 7:30

Julia Pigott (Bee Ed, Brigsteer Bee Reserve)

Bees and Hay Meadows: Enjoying Meadows and Verges in Flower Out & About Near Ambleside

Julia will talk about bees and bee behaviour and how flowers compete for their attention and loyalty as pollinators.

Perfect bee habitat is rare but still to be found in our semi-natural flower rich grasslands; hay meadows, ancient pasture and roadside verges.  The link is the profusion of native wild flowers that our bees co-evolved with.   We might just think of bumblebees gently buzzing between flowers and sipping nectar, but competition amongst flowers is fierce as they seek to attract pollinators. It’s the survival of the fittest. Think of flowers as vendors competing furiously to attract Bees as purchasers. Julia will describe some of the battles that play out in our flower rich grasslands.

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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