‘Indoor’ ZOOM Meetings

Pam Darby has put together a series of virtual talks via ZOOM. A link to these ZOOM meetings will be circulated to all Members who have supplied their e-mail addresses to our Membership Secretary, Graham Fisher: grahamandmaggie@waitrose.com or Secretary, Sue Graham: jsgraham83@aol.com. Non-members are also welcome.

Wednesday 10 March – ‘Mustelids’ Presented by Derek Crawley: Mustelids – the weasel family, the main carnivore group in the UK consisting of six native and one introduced species. We will be having a brief look at the behaviour of each of the group and comparing their styles and interaction with each other. Derek is the county mammal recorder for Staffordshire, and was the founder chair of the local mammal group, also acted as lead for the now published National Mammal Atlas by the Mammal Society.

Saturday 10 April – AGM and Members’ Evening: After the formal aspect of the AGM, a number of Members will give short presentations. If you would like to offer to do a 10-15 minute talk, please contact Sue Graham.


Previous Programmes for 2015 to 2020 included:

  • Wednesday 10 February – ‘The Leicestershire and Rutland Swift Project’ presented by Peter Williams: Peter is Secretary of the Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society and a founding member of the Leicestershire & Rutland Swift Partnership. His talk will focus on the particular nature of Swifts, the difficulties currently faced by them – a reduction in numbers by half in 20 years, and what the Partnership is doing to try and address these losses.
  • Saturday 9 January 2021 – ‘Invasive Species – Leicestershire’s Riversides’ presented by Adrian Lane: From childhood, Adrian has always been fascinated by canals and waterways. When he grew up he got his “dream job” managing the waterways through Leicester. This eight-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 Riversides.
  • ZOOM – Wednesday 16 December – ‘Yellowstone and Iceland in Winter’ presented by Peter Jones and Sue Wilson: Peter and Sue are well known photographers and run “Wildwatch Tours”. Both of these tours took place in winter 2016, with local guides, travelling by snow mobile in Yellowstone and they spent most of the Iceland trip exploring the south coast. Their superb photos will show the landscapes and wildlife to be found in both places.
  • ZOOM – Saturday 14 November – ‘The Wildlife of Calke Park’ presented by Bill Cove: Bill has been associated with Calke since 1972, first whilst working for the Harpur Crewe family on their Home Farm and then for 21 years as the manager of its outside areas for the National Trust. He has an unrivalled depth of experience of the place and its wildlife. With wonderful photographs he will lead us around this beautiful area of South Derbyshire Parkland.
  • ZOOM – Wednesday 21 October – ‘It Started as a Mothing Challenge at Charnwood Lodge’ presented by Margaret McLoughlin: As a Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Volunteer, Margaret joined with others to undertake a recording effort on the site. This is an overview of this effort and its results.
  • ZOOM – Saturday 12 September – Members’ Presentations – Please contact Sue Graham if you wish to offer a 20-30 minute presentation. If you are unsure how to do this by Zoom, we can arrange a short ‘practice run’ for you beforehand.
  • 18 April 2020 – CANCELLED – 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.
  • 14 March 2020 – CANCELLED – 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2018 – 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 2018 – 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 2018 – AGM followed by Members Short Talks and Exhibits
  • 10 March 2018 – Kelham Bridge from Sewage Farm to Nature Reserve – Baz Forgham
  • 10 February 2018 – Learning to Love Slugs and Snails – Dave Nicholls
  • 13 January 2018 – Garden Wildlife – Jack Perks
  • 9 December 2017 – Aliens Amongst Us – Chris Hollis
  • 11 November 2017 – Plant Galls – Chris Leach
  • 14 October 2017 – One Hundred Years of Bird Ringing – Ian Gamble
  • 9 September 2017 – 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

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.

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