Events

Jan
29
Tue
Neonicotinoids and bees @ Pangbourne Village Hall
Jan 29 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Dr Ben Woodcock (CEH) will be presenting  Neonicotinoids and bees

This talk will discuss the impacts and implications of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on both wild and honey bees in Europe.  The talk focuses on explaining some of the evidence base underpinning the recent EU ban on these chemicals that were used on wheat and oilseed rape in the UK. [*NOTE* This talk rescheduled from November 6th]

Visitors welcome (£3 charge). Members are invited to bring exhibits and share their observations at all meetings. Annual membership £15.00, £20.00 per family. Joining form on website: www.rdnhs.org.uk, or pay at a meeting.

Feb
2
Sat
Nature Walk: Reading Trees in Winter @ Reading Minster of St Mary
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am

Nature Walks

We run an series of outdoor events throughout the year, though summer is the main season. These events are usually around the Reading area but also include an trips to the coast for bird watching. See our Events calendar for an alternative listing of events including location. Field meetings normally take place at the weekend. They are led by an expert and are typically only a couple of miles in length.

All meetings start at the Grid Reference at the time stated. Please bring your own refreshments for all-day outings. If requiring a lift, please telephone the contact number given against the excursion. No responsibility for any mishaps occurring during the walks is accepted by the Society or by the walk leaders. All persons attending excursions do so at their own risk. No dogs are allowed on Nature Reserves, and in other places must be kept on short leads.

There is no fee for joining a walk unless specified and visitors are welcome.


Reading Trees in Winter

Time: 10:30

Location: SU714733 and Churchyard of Reading Minster

Leader: Marcus Wheeler

Meet in the churchyard of Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin for a walk round Reading town centre, the Forbury Gardens, Kings Meadow and Caversham Court, looking at trees and other wildlife in winter.

Feb
5
Tue
The Shearwater’s world @ Pangbourne Village Hall
Feb 5 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Prof Tim Guilford (University of Oxford) will be presenting The Shearwater’s World

Shearwaters are amongst the most elusive creatures on earth, spending most of their lives far out to sea and coming on land only to breed.  From navigating trans-global migrations to understanding the threats to their future existence, I will introduce Oxford Navigation (OxNav) group’s research into the shearwater’s world. ​Joint meeting with Reading RSPB group.

Visitors welcome (£3 charge). Members are invited to bring exhibits and share their observations at all meetings. Annual membership £15.00, £20.00 per family. Joining form on website: www.rdnhs.org.uk, or pay at a meeting.

Feb
19
Tue
Of pests, disease and climate change: Oak in the 21st century @ Pangbourne Village Hall
Feb 19 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Dr Karsten Schonrogge (CEH) will be presenting “Of pests, disease and climate change: Oak in the 21st century”

Trees and forests are and will be subject to sources of stress, such as climate change, pests and diseases which are forecast to increase in the future. I will summarise some of the current research aiming to mitigate such impacts with a focus on oak health research at CEH. Joint meeting with BBOWT.

Visitors welcome (£3 charge). Members are invited to bring exhibits and share their observations at all meetings. Annual membership £15.00, £20.00 per family. Joining form on website: www.rdnhs.org.uk, or pay at a meeting.

Mar
2
Sat
Nature Walk: Moss walk at Wallingford @ The Boat House Pub, Wallingford
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm

Nature Walks

We run an series of outdoor events throughout the year, though summer is the main season. These events are usually around the Reading area but also include an trips to the coast for bird watching. See our Events calendar for an alternative listing of events including location. Field meetings normally take place at the weekend. They are led by an expert and are typically only a couple of miles in length.

All meetings start at the Grid Reference at the time stated. Please bring your own refreshments for all-day outings. If requiring a lift, please telephone the contact number given against the excursion. No responsibility for any mishaps occurring during the walks is accepted by the Society or by the walk leaders. All persons attending excursions do so at their own risk. No dogs are allowed on Nature Reserves, and in other places must be kept on short leads.

There is no fee for joining a walk unless specified and visitors are welcome.


Moss walk at Wallingford

Time: 14:00

Location: SU609895 and Outside The Boat House Pub

Leader: Sean O’Leary

Walk to look at mosses and liverworts. Meet at west end of Wallingford Bridge outside ‘The Boat House’ pub. We will explore some riverbank, meadows and an old cemetery for bryophytes.  Stout footwear required as ground may be wet.  Parking is usually available in one of two car parks in nearby Thames Street.