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.
14 October 2021
Our Living Irish Sea
Beth Churn and Harry Cale (The North West Wildlife Trusts)
The talk will give an overview of what we mean by ‘living seas’ and what the North West Wildlife Trusts are currently doing to achieve this status for the Irish Sea. We will be explaining why various anthropogenic pressures in the Irish Sea make it so difficult for marine life to thrive, and what we can all do to help aid the recovery of the marine environment.
We will also be looking into the importance of some of our favourite Irish Sea residents and habitats, including the grey seal colony at South-Walney Nature Reserve, mud dwelling creatures like sea-pens and langoustine, seagrass meadows, and saltmarshes.
Our programmes for the last three years are available at the heading tab. At the bottom of this page you can find links to brief reports and photos of our field trips in May each year and what has now become the annual swift survey in Ambleside.
Local outdoor activities in July
In July we held a couple of excellent outdoor activities for members.
Our series of talks for the 2020-21 season is now over. We thank all those who attended via Zoom and hope that you enjoyed the programme. The committee always welcomes suggestions for future talks, particularly as we plan the 2021-22 season. If you have suggestions for talks, comments on what we are doing or if you want to become a member email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not yet clear when we can meet together in the autumn or whether we will again be using Zoom. We will contact members by email when we know more.
Keep well and have an enjoyable summer.
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.
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.