Indoor Meetings

From September to April, the Club holds monthly meetings on the second Saturday at Quorn Church Room (map below). There is parking for about 11 cars at the Church Room. Otherwise there is car parking along Church Lane and in the main Quorn car park off nearby Station Road. Meetings begin at 7:30pm. and finish about 9:30 pm. Meetings include talks by visiting speakers and our own members as well as exhibitions and presentations highlighting the natural history year. Visitors are welcome for whom there is a charge of £2.50 which will include refreshments. Members will be charged £2.00.

Upcoming Programme for 2019/20

  • 12 October 2019 – The Wildlife of Transylvania: Jamie Gould is a naturalist and Park Ranger living in the Charnwood Forest Area. Her talk will look at some of the unique wildlife of the traditionally farmed region of Transylvania, which contains some of the most species-rich grasslands in Europe.
  • 9 November 2019 – The Wonder of Willow: Tim Sexton is one of the managers at Attenborough Nature Reserve. People are often surprised at the importance of the willow tree for wildlife, in particular a vast diversity of insects. His talk covers the history of willow growing in the Trent Valley, its commercial use and how willow is a ‘wildlife champion’ at the Reserve.
  • 14 December 2019 – Members Evening + Mince Pies:  Can you volunteer to give a presentation, perhaps for 20 minutes on a subject of your choice, and help make this an informative and entertaining evening? Please contact Sue Graham (details at top of this Newsletter).
  • 11 January 2020 – The Work of the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital: Sue Bonnington is one of the volunteers at the Wildlife Hospital. The talk will be about the work of the Hospital and the wildlife they care for.
  • 8 February 2020 – New Lount Nature Reserve: John McDonald is the Chairman of Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer Group which was formed some 9 years ago to assist the Leicestershire County Council with managing New Lount Nature Reserve. He will talk about the history of the site, the development of the Nature Reserve, followed by an insight into its major habitats, and then some information on the work of the Volunteer Group.
  • 14 March 2020 – Invasive Species – Leicestershire’s Riversides: From Childhood, Adrian Lane has always been fascinated by canals and waterways. When he grew up he got his ‘dream job’ managing the waterways through Leicester. This 8-mile corridor contained the usual suspects of ‘plants in the wrong places’. However, the arrival of one in particular required a different approach. He ended up managing a team, selling the importance of the aquatic environment to a wider audience. He reluctantly left this job a couple of years ago, but that has allowed him more time to tell some of the fascinating stories of Leicester’s Riverside.
  • 11 April 2020 – AGM + Members Presentations: As always, the AGM will form only a small part of the evening, which will leave the remaining time to enjoy some short presentations from our members and guests.

Venue: Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Church Room, Church Lane, Quorn, LE12 8DP

Previous Programme for 2015/16/17/18/19 included:

  • 14 September 2019 – Target: 200 and Tweets: Bruce White runs a U3A birdwatching group and is also Chairman of one of the local groups of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. He will describe some of his exploits in attempting to see 200 different bird species in a calendar year, outlining some of the places and wildlife he saw on his journey.
  • 13 April 2019 – AGM: followed by Members Short Talks and Exhibits
  • 9 March 2019 – Abruzzo, Italy’s hidden wilderness – Ian B Gamble: Ian will show us some of the wonderful wildlife and stunning scenery of this little-known part of Italy.
  • 9 February 2019 -Extremadura and the Gredos, Spain – Pam Darby: this talk is about a beautiful area of central Spain, its lovely scenery and fantastic wildlife.
  • 12 January 2019 – Pushing up the Daisies; Churchyard Wildlife – Steve Woodward
  • 8 December 2018 – Leicester Cathedral Peregrines – Jim Graham: Jim, President of LROS, was instrumental in the installation of the nesting box for the pair of resident Peregrine Falcons in Leicester. He has been monitoring and studying the pair since 2014 and has watched hundreds of hours of video. We will hear how the project developed and see some amazing footage of the pair as they attempt to breed at the Cathedral.
  • 10 November – Helping Hedgehogs – Colleen Powell. With the use of her display boards and the many artefacts collected during the 30 years of helping hedgehogs, Colleen will be keeping us amused, entertained and educated telling us some of her many hilarious stories.
  • 13 October – Spreyside: A Place for All Seasons – Richard Pegler. Richard has been visiting Spreyside every year since 2010. This talks shows the wonderful wildlife that you can expect to find in the region.
  • 15 September – three short talks by Members Helen Ikin and Steve Woodward.
  • 14 April – AGM followed by Members Short Talks and Exhibits
  • 10 March – Kelham Bridge from Sewage Farm to Nature Reserve – Baz Forgham
  • 10 February – Learning to Love Slugs and Snails – Dave Nicholls
  • 13 January – Garden Wildlife – Jack Perks
  • 9 December – Aliens Amongst Us – Chris Hollis
  • 11 November – Plant Galls – Chris Leach
  • 14 October – One Hundred Years of Bird Ringing – Ian Gamble
  • 9 September – An Introduction to Planning Ecology – Rupert Simms
  • 8 April 2017 – Annual General Meeting followed by Members’ Short Talks and Exhibits
  • 11 March 2017 – POSTPONED – Aliens Amongst Us – David C Hollis
  • 11 February 2017 – Veteran Trees – James Lee
  • 14 January 2017 – Recent Ramblings of a Natural History Photographer – John Tinning
  • 10 December 2016 – Life of the Badger – Gerald Hall
  • 12 November 2016 – Mustelids – Val Williams
  • 8 October 2016 – A Botanist in the Western Cape – Ian Whitehead
  • 10 September 2016 – All About Caterpillars – Paul Waring
  • 9 April 2016 – Annual General Meeting followed by Members’ Short Talks and Exhibits
  • 12 March 2016 – Extinctions, Reintroductions and Aliens – Nigel Slater
  • 13 February 2016 – Life Around the Seashore – David Goldsmith
  • 9 January 2016 – Fear No Weevil: Beetles and Beetling in VC55 – Graham Finch
  • 12 December 2015 – Fish of Britain – Jack Perks
  • 14 November 2015 – Wildlife Around Ashby – Martin Vaughan
  • 10 October 2015 – Springtime in Provence – Ian Gamble
  • 12 September 2015 – Peak District Wildlife – Paul Hodson