BM & NHS summer events

 

Summer Events -2019

Saturday 27th April                           Archaeology

A morning walk at Scalpsie to look at a Bronze Age barrow, Iron Age hill fort, lime kilns, deserted settlement sites and discuss the possibility of Viking settlements. Meet at Scalpsie Bay car park (Grid Ref. NS060587) at 10.00. Leader Sue Hothersall (503835).

 

Saturday 18th May                            Wild Flowers

A morning walk up the Lime Kiln path at Kilchattan Bay to look for wild flowers.  Meet at the jetty (Grid Ref. NS103550) at 10.00.  Leader Roger Connard (500390).

 

Saturday 6th July                               Wild Flowers

A morning walk along the Tramway track to Ettrick Bay to look for wild flowers.  Meet at St Colmac’s cemetery car park by Greenwood’s Crossing at 10.00.  Leader Roger Connard (500390).

 

Tuesday 9th July                                visit to Bat roost

Meet Bute Museum 21.00. We will then car share and drive to view an active bat roost. Leader Billy Shields (504931).

 

Thursday 1st August                         Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

At the winter talk by Mike Holcome, Senior Ranger at the Park, members indicated their enthusiasm for an organised visit to the Park. Mike has kindly agreed to accompany us on a circular walk from Cornalees Bridge, along the Greenock Cut Trail. It is approximately 7 miles long, but mainly on good paths, so easy going.

Meet for 10.00 ferry from Rothesay. Take packed-lunch and waterproof clothing. Contact leader in advance re car sharing. Leader Pat O’Sullivan (501999).

 

Wednesday 21st August                    Moth morning

At Rhoda House, Hydro Road, Port Bannatyne (courtesy of Patrick and Janet O’Sullivan) at 10.00 when overnight traps will be opened – Leader Ron Forrester (505352).

 

Thursday 29th August                       Wild Flowers

A morning walk from Kerrycroy to Scoulag, mainly looking for ‘plants of the shoreline’. Meet at Kerrycroy at 10.00. Wear wellies or other waterproof footwear. Bus option Port Bannatyne 09.30, Rothesay 09.45. Leader Angus Hannah (503879).

 

Saturday 31st August                        Archaeology

A morning walk to St Ninian’s Point to look at the early Christian chapel, prehistoric standing stones, a fish curing station and two wells. Meet at Ballianlay Hall Car Park at 10.00. Leader Sue Hothersall (503835).

 

 

 

Moth mornings at Mount Stuart

A series of regular moth mornings have been arranged at Mount Stuart:-

Wed 3rd April

Wed 24th April

Wed 15th May

Wed 12th June

Wed 3rd July

Wed 24th July

Wed 14th August

Wed 4th September

Wed 25th September

Wed 16th October

 

The plan is for moth traps, that have been put in place the previous evening, to be opened and for the moths to be identified, counted and once everyone has had a chance to enjoy the wonderful variety, they will be released. Meeting place and timing may vary. Anyone wishing to attend one or more of these events should contact either Ron Forrester (505352) or Dougie Menzies (505732) in advance for full details.

Summer activities 2017

Please note for all activities we recommend you bring suitable footwear& be prepared for adverse weather

History & archaeology

The group surveying abandoned farmsteads are continuing their work this summer. If you wish to become involved contact either Paul Duffy (07730 887110) or Isabell McArthur (831643)

Natural History Events

Sat 22nd April: Moss foray.  A leisurely walk in Skeoch Wood looking, in particular, at mosses. Meet opposite Sailing Club at 10.00. Leader Angus Hannah (503879).

Sat 20th May: Flower walk. A look at spring flowers around the Port Bannatyne end of the tramway track. Please bring a wildflower ID book if you have one. Meet at Port Bannatyne bus turning area at 10.00. Leader Roger Connard (500390). Check out Rogers website  https://sites.google.com/site/butewildflowerwalks

Sat 27th May: Moth and small mammal trapping at Kilchattan Bay. Meet 10.00 at bus turning circle at end of Kilchattan Bay road, when traps will be opened. Leaders Glyn and Dawn Collis (504429).

Fri 2nd June: Geology walk at Ardscalpsie. Meet Bute Museum at 10.00 for car sharing. Leader Stewart Redwood ( stewart@sredwood.com ).

Sat 3rd June: Marsh Fritillary walk along shore below Mecknoch. Possibly followed by afternoon walk at Balnakailly Bay. Meet at layby on A844 approximately 150m north of Mecknoch Farm. This is a provisional date as sightings of Marsh Fritillary butterflies are very weather/sun dependent. Contact leader Glyn Collis (504429) in advance.

Sat 10th June: Flower walk. A walk from Loch Fad up the road towards the waterworks. There should be a good variety of flowers at this time of year, so we will probably not get very far along the road. Meet Loch Fad car park 10.00 (walk will last 2-3 hours). Leader Angus Hannah (503879).

Tue 4th July: dusk visit to a Bat roost. Three species of bat roost at Shalunt. We will watch the evening departure from the roost. Meet Museum at 21.15 for car sharing, as there is limited parking at Shalunt. We may want to remain at Shalunt for a couple of hours from 21.50, depending upon weather and whether the bats are still active around the roost. Leader Billy Shields (504931).

Sat 8th July: Moth and small mammal trapping at Glen More. Meet 10.00 at Glenmore Farm house when traps will be opened. Leaders Glyn and Dawn Collis (504429).

Sat 22nd July: Flower walk. A morning walk along the raised beach at Kilchattan, to look at some of the later flowering species in this rich habitat. Please bring a wildflower ID book if you have one. Meet Kilchattan Bay (bus turning circle car park) at 10.00 – Leader Roger Connard (500390).

Sat 5th August: Walk to Bull Loch. Butterflies, dragonflies, birds and other fauna & flora. Meet Rhubodach car park (by ferry ramp) 10.00. Bring picnic lunch. Sturdy footwear essential. Leader Ron Forrester (505352).

Sat 16th Sept: Moth and small mammal trapping at Shalunt Quarry. Meet 09.00 Guildford Sq (for car share as parking is limited at Shalunt Quarry) when traps will be opened. Leaders Glyn & Dawn Collis (504429).

Sat 14th Oct: Moth trapping at Mount Stuart. Meet 09.00 at Visitors’ Centre, when traps will be opened. Leaders Glyn and Dawn Collis (504429).

Bird Group

Sat 29th April: Gigha Meet Guildford Sq 08.00 – leader Viv Shelley (503475; mobile 07860 184821)

12th-15th May: Mull leader Billy Shields (504931) For more details contact Billy

Sun 11th June: Pelagic using ‘Big Blue’ Meet Rothesay Harbour 10.00 – leader Viv Shelley (503475; mobile 07860 184821)

Sat 29th July: RSPB Loch Lomond Reserve Meet Guildford Sq for 08.00 ferry – leader Ron Forrester (505352) We’ll be met by Becky Austin, RSPB Assistant Warden and then shown around the reserve by the leaders of local RSPB Group, John and Morag Clark. Bring wellies as we’ll be walking over fields and wet ground.

Tue 22nd Aug: Owl evening Meet Guildford Sq 20.00 – leader Liz McKirdy 504687; mobile 07985 771542)

Sat 30th Sep: East Lothian/Fife Meet Rothesay Harbour for 08.00 ferry. Decision on East Lothian or Fife taken nearer the time.-Leaders Ron Forrester (505352) & Dougie Menzies (505732 or 07818 093893)

Sat 30th Sep: East Lothian/Fife Meet Rothesay Harbour for 08.00 ferry. Decision on East Lothian or Fife taken nearer the time.-Leaders Ron Forrester (505352) & Dougie Menzies (505732 or mobile 07818 093893)

Except for ‘owl evening’ you must contact leaders in advance to arrange car sharing or a place on ‘Big Blue’.

Fauna and Flora Field Trips & Workshops summer 2016

Fauna and Flora Field Trips and Workshops summer 2016

Sat 14th May  Moth trapping.   Rhubodach Forest (traps set overnight).  Meet at start of track to Rhubodach Forest 09.00 to open traps then examine and identify catch. Leader Glyn Collis (504429)

Tue 24th May Bat Detector Training. Meet Bute Museum at 21.00. Short indoor presentation, followed by walk around the town centre, including Rothesay Castle, hoping to find both Pipistrelles, Long-eared and Daubenton’s Bats. – Leader Billy Shields (504931)

Sat 28th May  Wild Flowers (a short walk lasting 2-3 hours). Please be prepared for adverse weather and bring suitable footwear. Meet Kilchattan Bay (bus turning circle car park) at 10.00 – Leader Roger Connard (500390)

Sat 11th June Moth trapping. Meet Mount Stuart Visitor Centre car park 09.00 to open traps set overnight.  Leader Glyn Collis (504429)

Sun 10th July Wild Flowers (a walk at Colintraive). A leisurely walk southwards along the road, taking a picnic lunch and looking at anything of interest. Meet at Rhubodach for 10.40 ferry – Leader Angus Hannah (503879)

Sat 23rd July Wild Flowers (a short walk lasting 2-3 hours). Meet Scalpsie Bay car park at 10.00 – Leader Roger Connard (500390)

Sat 30th July Moth and small mammal trapping. Meet Bute Produce 09.00 to open traps set overnight. Hopefully including training in small mammal recording.  Leaders Glyn and Dawn Collis (504429)

Wed 3rd August   Walk to Bull Loch, looking for butterflies, dragonflies, birds and other fauna and flora. Meet Rhubodach car park (next to CalMac ferry ramp) 10.00. Bring picnic lunch. Sturdy footwear required. Leader Ron Forrester (505352).

Sun 21st August   Trees: a walk in Skipper’s Wood (Bogany Wood) primarily to improve tree identification skills. Meet at foot of Bishop Terrace Brae (by Kettledrum) at 14.30 – Leader Angus Hannah (503879)

Tue 23rd August   Bat Detector Training. Meet Bute Museum at 19.45 – short indoor presentation, then we will share cars and drive to an active bat roost – Leader Freda Seddon (Secretary of the Dumfries & Galloway branch of Bat Conservation Trust and a seasoned bat worker on National Trust property)

Wed 7th Sep Moth trapping training.  Meet Craigmore Bowling Club 09.00 to open traps set overnight.  Leader Glyn Collis  (504429)

Glyn Collis will lead one or two walks in June to look for Marsh Fritillary butterflies. These will be weather dependent and arranged at short notice. Please contact Glyn (504429) to let him know if you are interested in going on any of these walks.

There may be other events, again weather dependent, info on these will be posted at the Museum or let Glyn know and you will be contacted once a day/time has been arranged.

If you have any queries, or require transport please contact either event leaders or Ron Forrester (505352).

Marsh Fritillary, nr Carrick Point, Bute 6.6.14 © Ron Forrester
Marsh Fritillary, near Carrick Point, Bute, 06 June 2014 © Ron Forrester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Flower Walks

Two short walks to look at some of the spring and summer wild flowers on the island. The walks will be suitable for both beginners and improver, but all experienced botanists are also encouraged to attend.

 

Saturday 13th June – meet Kilchattan Bay (bus turning circle) at 10.10 a.m.

Saturday 8th August – meet Guildford Square at 9.45 a.m. (for Scalpsie)

 

Each walk will last for 2-3 hours. Please be prepared for adverse weather and wear suitable footwear. If you have a wild flower ID book, do bring it along with you. For any questions contact Roger Connard on 500390.

 

Dragonfly Walk

Saturday 18th July – meet Guildford Square 10.00 a.m. (car sharing will be arranged)

 

A short walk to look primarily for dragonflies, but also butterflies, to Mount Stuart Reservoir and Quien Burn. Again, as with the other summer events, all members interested are encouraged to come along, no matter your level of knowledge or experience. For any questions contact Ron Forrester 505352.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Rhubodach Forest, Bute 27.7.13 © Ron Forrester

Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Rhubodach Forest, Bute 27.7.13 © Ron Forrester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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