BNHS winter meetings


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 .

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

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 nightScott 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.

2010- 2011

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.