‘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 email addresses to our Membership Secretary, Graham Fisher: grahamandmaggie@waitrose.com or Secretary, Sue Graham: jsgraham83@aol.com. Non-members are also welcome.

We know that many of you are missing our regular field outings but hope that it will be all the more enjoyable when we can finally get together again for a bit of communal nature therapy! In the meantime, it is intended to provide a programme of Summer Members’ Zoom Evening Meetings as we did in 2020 so that we can keep in touch and share the wildlife we have all been observing during lockdown. These will take place on the third Wednesday (if possible) of each month from May to August 2021, at 7.30pm, on the following dates:

Wednesday 13 October – Beaver Reintroduction Project, Derbyshire – presented by Henry Richards: The Living Landscapes Officers for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust look after their nature reserves in the Trent Valley and works as project lead on the Beaver release project at Willington Wetlands Nature Reserve. Join us for a tour of the habitats found on this wonderful nature reserve and hear all about how the release of Beavers will help shape the reserve. 

Saturday 13 November – Rockpooling – presented by Jeff Blincow: Jeff has enjoyed bird-watching all of his life. His interests broadened to all aspects of wildlife and he became a member of the conservation team at Yardley Chase in Northamptonshire where he has surveyed beetles, fungi and Great-crested Newts. He has lectured about wildlife since 1980 on many topics, has travelled widely, and his interests in South America in the 90’s led him to be one of the founder committee members of the Neotropical Bird Club. Our rockpools offer a wide range of habitats in constantly changing conditions creating the most biodiverse environments in Britain. Our long coastline and complex tidal systems offer many fabulous rockpooling sites to visit. We will tour some of the best places to go and focus on the low tide zones where the most interesting species occur. 

Wednesday 15 December – Members’ Presentations: This is always an enjoyable evening of Members’ own presentations and encounters with nature. If you think that you could give a short talk by Zoom (we can guide you through the process if you are unsure), then please contact Sue Graham, ideally by the end of November, so that we can book you in. Thank you. 

NB. A link to all Zoom meetings will be sent to all Members who have supplied their email addresses to our
Membership Secretary Graham Fisher, or to our Secretary, Sue Graham.


Previous Programmes for 2015 to 2021 included:

  • Saturday 11 September – Slugs and Snails – presented by Brian Eversham: Brian has been the CEO of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire since 2009; prior to that he was their Conservation Director for 12 years. Before that he was Head of Zoology and Research Co-ordinator at the National Biological Records Centre, CEH Monks Wood. He has helped introduce several landscape-scale conservation projects and is the author of 250 scientific papers and reports. His talk will give an introduction to land and freshwater molluscs, their distribution, diversity, ecology and behaviour – how slugs and snails interact with each other and with other wildlife.
  • Wednesday 18 August 2021 – Members’ Evening – Cancelled
  • Wednesday 28 July 2021 – Members’ Evening: with short talks by: Dave Robinson – A Day on the Farne Islands; Sue Graham – Burton Mere Wetlands, Cleaver Heath and Cors Goch NR; Ed Darby & Elspeth Cranston – Eustalomyia festiva and other flies in our garden; Steve Woodward – Reindeer and other Wildlife of Scotland.
  • Wednesday 16 June 2021 – Members’ Evening: with short talks by: Steve Woodward – Why Bother with Grasses?; Hazel Graves – Sussex in May 2021; Peter Proudlove – Bats of Charnwood in Members’ Gardens; Dave Robinson – Recents Sightings, and  Margaret McLoughlin – general sightings.
  • Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Members’ Evening: with short talks by: Dave Robinson – Charnwood Lodge Butterfly Surveys 2018-2020; Graham – Graham’s Garden Goldies; Janet Killinback – Birds on my Feeders; Steve Woodward – I Love Wasps and Margaret McLoughlin – Recent Charnwood Lodge Sightings.
  • Saturday 10 April 2021 – AGM and Members’ Evening: after the formal aspect of the AGM, a number of Members gave short presentations: Dave Robinson – A Nose-dive into Pheromones; Annie Smith – A Feast of Caterpillars; Mike and Paula Webster – Marmalade, Marmite and Mandarins, and Steve Woodward – Not Quite Extinct – Wall Whitlowgrass.
  • Wednesday 10 March 2021 – ‘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.
  • Wednesday 10 February 2021 – ‘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