Soil and climate change

You may wish to catch up on BBC Sounds, to an interesting programme broadcast on Tuesday 31st May on Radio 4, “Why soil matters“. Jim Al-Khalili on The Life Scientific was interviewing Pete Smith, Science Director of ClimateXChange, Scotland’s climate change centre of expertise. He is one of the world’s leading experts on soil. HeContinue reading “Soil and climate change”

Large Heath butterfly survey workshops

Want to know the difference between a Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia) and other similar species or to learn more about them and the best way to survey for them? Then take a look at the series of free workshops being run by Butterfly Conservation as part of their Large Heath Scottish survey 2022. The adultContinue reading “Large Heath butterfly survey workshops”

PNHS outings for your diary

Paisley Natural History Society has some new outings planned for the coming months. Sunday 17th July – An afternoon of tree identifying with Judy Hayton at Linwood Moss Community Woodland Thursday 4th August – An evening looking for Purple Hairstreak Butterflies with Kirsty Menzies at Shaw Wood Sunday 9th October – An afternoon fungus forayingContinue reading “PNHS outings for your diary”

Help us get glowing reports for Renfrewshire

Who knew that we had glow-worms in Scotland? I certainly didn’t but after watching the fascinating talks in March organised by Charlotte Martin, Scottish Glow-worms researcher, I’m eager to see one and I hope others are too. They aren’t actually worms but beetles of the Firefly family. The only species found in Scotland is theContinue reading “Help us get glowing reports for Renfrewshire”

Dive into the Glasgow Science Festival programme

We’ve been wading through the programme and found lots of interesting hands-on activities and talks on offer in this year’s Glasgow Science Festival, ‘Glasgow’s Making Waves‘. It runs from 2nd to 12th June and most of the events are free and suitable for all ages. Below is a small selection of what’s on offer relatingContinue reading “Dive into the Glasgow Science Festival programme”

Have you seen a mature Wych Elm?

As you know Elm trees have been hammered by Dutch Elm Disease.  Eadha are focused on rare and threatened tree conservation and are seeking your help in identifying local mature Wych Elm trees which may have immunity against the disease. They have expressed interest in being a partner in a Wych Elm Project being developed by the Royal BotanicContinue reading “Have you seen a mature Wych Elm?”

CARG Spring Survey 2022

Guess what we were doing last Saturday night in the dark?  No rude responses please, we were in Muirshiel Country Park with a high powered torch looking for newts! CARG, which, for the uninitiated, stands for the Clyde Amphibian and Reptile Group, is a volunteer organisation of interested and much more knowledgeable people than us,Continue reading “CARG Spring Survey 2022”

Upcoming Butterfly Conservation events

General butterfly ID and recording / general guided walks  Calderglen Country Park (7th May)  Garnethill Park and Ruchill Park Glasgow (8th May) Green Hairstreak hunts: Lenzie Moss (17th May and 7th June) Details on how to book onto these events can be found in the events listings on their website here.

Botanical wanderings in and around Lochwinnoch in 2020/21

Older members of the PNHS might recall the Thursday evening local study excursions of the ‘80s. For a short period we were joined by an enthusiastic youngster, Jim Blackwood from Lochwinnoch, who showed great botanical interest and promise. Sadly, after a short stay he left for the ‘lights of London’. That was that, until aboutContinue reading “Botanical wanderings in and around Lochwinnoch in 2020/21”