All meetings will be held at the Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal, starting at 7.30 p.m.
24 September 2018 Butterfly Conservation Projects in the Morecambe Bay area by Martin Wain
An illustrated talk which will give a unique insight into many of the conservation projects and partnerships across South Cumbria and North Lancashire.
8 October 2018
The Amazing Moths of Cumbria by Martin Tordoff
Photographs based on extensive moth trapping in a Kendal garden will provide a unique record of over 500 species, some never previously recorded in Cumbria, and show that ‘Moths are Beautiful’!
22 October 2018 A Bird Project at Kendal Museum by Judith Robinson
An illustrated account of a ten year volunteer project, involving the cataloguing of some 1700 bird specimens, checking their identities and updating their names. The talk will include some tales of the fascinating detective-work involved and various diversions from the main project.
12 November 2018
Mammals and birds at sea: from Scotland to Cortez by Rob Petley-Jones
RPJ’s experiences of looking for seabirds and marine mammals from British waters to the Sea of Cortez via Biscay and Madeira, including the value and satisfaction of surveying British waters as a Volunteer Marine Researcher for Marinelife.
26 November 2018 A Tour of African Birds by David Talbot
An introduction to some of the favourite African birds of a well-travelled and outstanding wildlife photographer.
10 December 2018 Members’ night Short items by members. Visitors welcome as usual.
Jean Ellwood: ‘In Love with a Two-tailed Pasha’
Lynne Farrell: ‘Autumn Ladies Tresses’
Dorothy Grace: ‘Pantanal Preview’
John Holman: ‘The Canadian Rockies’
John Mounsey: ‘Galls’
Judith Robinson: ‘The Danube Delta’
14 January 2019 Travels in Alaska by John Mounsey
A Camping trip from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, keeping an eye open for wildlife, from bears to butterflies and spruce to salmonberries.
28 January 2019 Conservation Grazing in South Lakeland Nature Reserves by Bill Grayson
How organic grazing is playing a major role in keeping many of our most treasured nature reserves in such good condition.
11 February 2019 The Birds and Life of Leighton Moss by David Mower
An illustrated talk focusing on both the birds and development of one of the RSPB’s ‘Flagship’ sites in Northern England.
25 February 2019 The Pantanal: Brazil’s Wet Wild West by Dorothy Grace
At the height of the wet season The Pantanal, in south-west Brazil, is the world’s largest inland wetland. The talk looks at the wildlife of this amazing area in the dry season, when the water has returned to the river courses. These become a magnet for wildlife – birds, mammals and reptiles – all feeding on the abundant fish and vegetation, and for the animals that in turn feed on them.
11 March 2019 The First Fred Gould Memorial Lecture:
Jointly sponsored by Kendal Natural History Society and Cumbria Bird Club:
Fred Gould, wildlife photographer by Gary and Lindsey Gould
Wildlife photos taken by Fred Gould during his lifetime. . . As Fred was ‘old school’, the show will be slides, not digital.
25 March 2019 Annual General Meeting
The business meeting will be followed by a short presentation on the History of Kendal Natural History Society, by Judith Robinson