Buteshire Natural History Society (Scottish Charity No. SC006544)
Understanding the archaeology, history, flora, fauna and geology of Bute and beyond
Information for members: if you have changed your address, please let us know,
either at the Museum or email email@example.com .
Syllabus for Oct 2016 – March 2017
Meetings take place on alternate Tuesday evenings in the library of Bute Museum, Stuart Street, Rothesay, commencing at 7.45pm.
Scroll down for details of speakers and topics – to appear as the programme takes shape
- Regrettably, because of space limitations, meetings are open only to members. Membership enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Meetings take place on alternate Tuesday evenings in the library of Bute Museum, Stuart Street, Rothesay, commencing at 7.45pm.
- See also indoor meetings of the Bute Bird Group.
11 October 2016 James Fenton [Clachan-Seil] Wildlife of the Falklands
25 October 2016 Neil McCheyne [Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh] Plant collecting in tiger country
08 November 2016 Jean McMillan [Bute Museum & BNHS] Men and women of Bute in World War One
22 November 2016 Isabel & Colin Sharp [Bute Museum & BNHS] Namibia
Wed 23 Nov 2016 Jazz at the Museum with Time Saul and his band (fundraiser)
06 December 2016 Jess Smith [Invergeldie] The elusive footsteps of Tinkers
17 January 2017 Members’ magazine
31 January 2017 Paul Duffy [Brandanii Archaeology & Heritage / BNHS] Bute’s deserted farmsteads
14 February 2017 Chris McInerny [Glasgow University] Reptiles & their conservation at Loch Lomond
28 February 2017 Sean Donaldson [BAE Systems] Constructing an aircraft carrier
14 March 2017 Greg Chamberlain [BSG Ecology] The work of an ecological consultant
28 March 2017 Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report, Social
Previous Years’ General Meetings
* change of speaker from advertised programme – usually due to bad weather
13 October Gabrielle Flinn [Buglife] Iconic Invertebrates of Scottish Woodlands
27 October Cairns Mason [Stirling] Beauty from Adversity: Craftwork by Napoleonic
Prisoners of War
10 November David Gray [Ace Marine] Alfred Mylne’s legacy,his yachts then and now
24 November David Palmar [Photoscot] An Excursion to Shetland
08 December Laragh Quinney [National Library of Scotland] The National Library’s map
12 January Members’ magazine Members’ magazine – edited by Shirley McFarlane &
Billy Shields. Speakers – Adam Ellis-Jones [Mount Stuart Trust] and Gordon
Stephenson with Jessica Heriot [Woodwatch Bute]
26 January Jeanne Robinson [Hunterian Museum] Bug hunting on Mingulay
09 February Paula Baker [RSPB] Work of RSPB at Loch Lomond
23 February Fiona Mills [Firth of Clyde Forum] Managed realignment of the Clyde
08 March Heather James [Northlight archaeology] Hidden Heritage of a Landscape –
A Community Archaeology Project in Arrochar
22 March Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report, Social
14 October Peter Livingstone [Eadha Enterprises] Aspen Conservation
28 October Alice Martin [Mount Stuart] Churchill and Chartwell
11 November Robyn Stewart [Glasgow University] Water voles in Glasgow
25 November Alison Sheridan [National Museum of Scotland] Bute 4000 to 1500 BC: an
everyday story of farming folk
09 December *George McKenzie [Bute] Roskilde Ship Museum
06 January Members’ magazine, edited by Patrick O’Sullivan and Liz McKirdy. Speakers Billy
Shields – Twenty years of Bute’s Ranger Service and Ian Brown – Before we came to Bute.
20 January Philip Robertson [Historic Scotland] Scotland’s Historic Shipwrecks
03 February Natasha Ferguson [Treasure Trove Unit] Treasure Trove
17 February Gill Smart [Scottish Wildlife Trust] Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves in south-west Scotland
03 March Lorna Pearce [Rothesay THI] Rothesay THI – before and after
17 March Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report, Social
08 October Vanessa Banks [British Geological Survey] Landslides
22 October Catherine Gillies [freelance curator & researcher] Dunollie Castle
29 October Special find-raising Film Night: The Dam Busters (1955). Proceeds from ticket sales to Museum and RNLI.
05 November Tom Christian [Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh] International conifer conservation
19 November Peter Wright [author] Ribbon of Wildness – Scotland’s Watershed
03 December Geoff Hancock [Hunterian Museum] Why William Hunter’s eighteenth century insect collection is so important
14 January Members’ magazine, edited by Chris Peveril, Betty Norris Smith and Roger Connard. Speakers: Chris Peveril – a visit to New Zealand; Betty Norris-Smith – wildlife incidents on Bute; Roger Connard – A to Z of Bute’s Wild Flowers.
28 January Angus Hogg [Ayrshire] Ayrshire Bird Life: Winners and Losers
11 February Cairns Mason [Stirling] John Napier of Merchiston and logarithms
25 February Gavin MacGregor [Northlight Heritage] From crossing the bridge to burning the circle
11 March Fraser Hunter [National Museums Scotland] Celtic Art
25 March Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report, Social
Oct 09 *Charles Woodward [Muirshiel Regional Park] Muirshiel: a park for people.
Oct 23 Robert Williams [Froglife] Amphibians and reptiles of Scotland
Nov 06 Rosemary Hannah [Mauchline] Grand Designer: 3rd Marquess of Bute beyond the Gothic.
Nov 20 *Sue Hothersall [Bute] The Battle of Largs
Dec 04 Stewart Redwood [Rothesay & Panama] The Scottish Colony in the Darien, Panama (1698-1700).
Jan 15 Members’ magazine, edited by Paul Duffy, Doug Menzies and Janet O’Sullivan. Speakers: – Doug Menzies Ospreys. Duffy – Archaeology of Cnoc an Rath, Ruth Slater – a contemporary Bute artist.
Jan 29 Ian Maclagan [Bute] The Maritime Rights of the Magistrates of Rothesay.
Feb 12 James Brown [Cormack Brown] The St Ninian Ways: pilgrimage to Whithorn.
Feb 26 Chris Cathrine [Caledonian Conservation Ltd / Brit. Arachnological. Soc] Scottish Spiders.
Mar 12 Gilbert Markus [Glasgow Univ] The Cult of Saints: Bute and Beyond.
Mar 26 Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report by Viv Shelley, Social.
Oct 11 James Bray [British Trust for Ornithology] The BTO in Scotland: the work of volunteers.
Oct 25 George Geddes [RCAHMS] – North Rona & St Kilda: archaeology, history and culture.
Nov 01 Special Scott centenary film night – Scott of the Antarctic. Proceeds from ticket sales to Museum and RNLI.
Nov 08 Heather James – [SERF project] Archaeological investigations at Castle Craig.
Nov 22 Simon Green [RCAHMS] Dumfries House.
Dec 06 John Knowler [Milngavie] Why study moths – surely they are brown, boring and nocturnal?
Jan 17 The Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme. Speakers: Billy Shields – Organisation of the DBLPS, paths, bird hides and Rhododendron control, Paul Duffy – Archaeology, Angus Hannah – Walls, hedges and woodlands.
Jan 31 Scott Shanks [Butterfly Conservation] Scottish Butterflies.
Feb 14 Richard Matts [Bute Forest] A forester’s view of Bute Forest.
Feb 28 *Iain MacLeod [Bute] Carved in Stone.
Mar 13 Alison Morrison-Low [Museums Galleries Scotland] Scottish lighthouses past and present.
Mar 27 Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report by Viv Shelley, Social.
Oct 12 Davie Galloway [British Geological Survey] Earthquakes.
Oct 26 Angus Martin [Campbeltown] Davaar Island.
Nov 09 James Brown [Baltersan castle] Crossraguel: a hidden history.
Nov 23 Lewis Pate [Scottish Wildlife Trust] Red squirrels.
Dec 07 *Glyn Collis [Bute] Pill Woodlice, *Donald Kinnear [Bute] Four early Bute settlements, *Angus Hannah [Bute] Evolving field systems at Nether Ardroscadale.
Jan 11 Members’ Magazine, edited by Gloria fear and Allan Martin. Speakers: Gloria Fear – Bute’s connections with Cardiff and the Welsh valleys, Allan Martin – Compiling the book “Bute Connections”.
Jan 25 Rebecca Boyde [Archaeology Scotland] Reconstructing ancient diet.
Feb 02 Special Wednesday meeting. Alex Hale [RCAHMS] Bute’s archaeology inside out.
Feb 08 Robin Harvey [Oban] What makes Argyll and Bute’s Seas so special?
Feb 22 John MacCallum [Bute] A stroll down memory lane: images of Bute.
Mar 08 Elizabeth Cumming [Glasgow university] The arts and crafts movement in Scotland.
Mar 22 Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report by Viv Shelley, Social.
Oct 13 Craig Macadam [Buglife Scotland] 4000 years of mayfly recording.
Oct 27 Jeanne Robinson [Glasgow Museums] Entomological investigations in Trinidad.
Nov 10 Deborah Long [Plantlife Scotland] Conserving Scotland’s native plants.
Nov 24 Alexander MacKinnon [Glasgow university] The night sky this autumn.
Dec 08 John Steele [Ardrossan] Welcome to Wee Cumbrae.
Jan 12 Members’ Magazine, editors Anne Howie & Ron Forrester. Glyn Collis – Bute’s moths, Paul Duffy – The work of an archaeologist, Ron Forrester – Birds of Kenya.
Jan 26 Ian Scott [Perth] Forty years on: art and landscape.
Feb 09 Grace Strong [Bute] A trip to the Arctic.
Feb 23 Gerald Cummins [Ayrshire] History of roads and tracks in Scotland.
Mar09 Chris Dalglish [Glasgow University] Clans and estates: an archaeology of Highland society.
Mar 23 Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report by Viv Shelley, Social.
Oct 14 Derek Alexander [National Trust for Scotland] Archaeology at Culzean Castle.
Oct 28 Pat Batty [Kilmichael] Scottish Dragonflies.
Nov 11 Fraser Hunter [National Museum Scotland] Romans in Scotland.
Nov 25 John Steele [Ardrossan] Horse Island.
Dec 09 Rosie & John Wells [History of Armadale Association] Kite and pole aerial photography.
Jan 13 Members’ Magazine, editors Sue Hothersall & Iona Gray. Patrick O’Sullivan – Old picture postcards, Graeme Connor – The history of Rothesay’s water supply, Sue Hothersall – Architectural ironwork.
Jan 27 Mauvis Gore [Edinburgh] Plankton-eating sharks.
Feb 10 Geoff Moore [Millport] History of marine natural history in the Clyde.
Feb 24 Bill McQueen [Bute] Wildlife of the Falkland Islands.
Mar 10 Simon Jones [Scottish Wildlife Trust] Return of the Beaver.
Mar 24 Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report by Viv Shelley, Social.
Oct 16 Euan Clarkson [University of Edinburgh] Archie Lamont, Bute’s Geologist.
Oct 30 Donald Reid [Mellor Archaeological Trust] Excavations at Mellor.
Nov 13 *Pete Drummond [Scottish Place Names Society] Scots and Gaelic hill-names in southern Scotland.
Nov 27 Rob Wilson [University of St Andrews] Studying environmental and climatic change using tree-rings.
Dec 11 Jim McIntosh [Botanical Society of the British Isles] The work of BSBI Scotland.
Jan 15 Members magazine, editors – Linda Mellor & Chris Shelley. Speakers – Ray Bruce, Iain MacLeod, William Scott.
Jan 29 John Knowler [University of Glasgow] Wildlife and flora of Spitzbergen.
Feb 12 Ian Marshall [Glasgow Archaeological Society] Environment, people & history of Glasgow.
Feb 26 *Phil Kirkham [Bute] Wildlife photography & *Glyn Collis [Bute] Species named after Bute people.
Mar 11 Stuart Nisbet, [University of Paisley] Waterborne lime trade in the West of Scotland.
Mar 25 Annual General Meeting, Meteorological Report by Viv Shelley, Social.