Meetings and Venue
General meetings are listed below
These meetings, unless otherwise specified are at the Friends' Meeting House, 930 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham at 7.30 pm. Parking available.
Directions to the Friends Meeting House
Visitors are always welcome. Specimens may be brought to the meetings for identification.
Extremely bad weather
If the weather on the day of a winter meeting is really bad and no cancellation notice has been posted, please use the contacts on the site before making the journey. Contacts
A cancellation notice will be posted if at all possible.
Mycological Section Meetings see Current Field Meeting Programme
19 October 2018
Lisa Worledge - The evolution of bats
Lisa, a member of the Society for many years, is Head of Conservation Services at the Bat Conservation Trust. She writes, 'Fossil evidence for bats goes back many millions of years and it is likely that the earliest bats were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. But what ancestor did bats evolve from? What was the first bat? Which came first flight or echolocation? How are the bat species around today related to one another? This presentation will consider all of these questions and look at what the latest research tells us about the evolutionary history of these amazing animals'.
16 November 2018
Katrina van Grouw - Unnatural selection: evolution at the hand of man
'When Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin's great work on domesticated animals, Variation under Domestication, author and illustrator Katrina explains why this analogy was more appropriate than even Darwin had realised. Artificial selection is in fact more than just an analogy for natural selection ' it's the perfect example of evolution in action.'
18 January 2019
Dr Peter Coxhead - Introduction to spiders
Covers spider classification and anatomy, illustrating some of the species common around where Peter lives in Sutton Coldfield.
15 February 2019
Hein van Grouw - Not every white bird is an albino: some black-and-white facts about colour aberration in birds
Hein is Senior Curator (Birds) with the Natural History Museum, based at Tring. He writes, 'Aberrantly - coloured birds have always intrigued people, resulting in many published records in the ornithological literature. In these publications a variety of names are used to identify and classify the pigment abnormalities. This terminology, however, is often conflicting or incorrect and therefore confusing. Most commonly, the terms albino, partial albino or leucism are used for almost all different forms of aberrant feathering, even if it is not white, but in only a tiny proportion of cases are they used correctly. Also, in the past, when little was known concerning plumage pigmentation and mutations, aberrant-coloured birds were often viewed as being new taxa, and were even described scientifically as distinct species. In this talk Hein will give examples of aberrant individuals being named as new species, explain the nature of the most common colour abnormalities in birds, and present a nomenclature for these abnormalities.'
15 March 2019
Rosemary Winnall - The nature of Wyre
Rosemary, for many years Education Officer at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre, is a founder member of the Wyre Forest Study Group, a committee member of Worcestershire Recorders, and, as we saw in her talk 'Nature in focus' last March, a keen wildlife photographer. She organised and and was one of the editors of The Nature of Wyre (Pisces Publications, 2015)
19 April 2019
AGM and Presidential lecture
Meetings are held on the third Thursday in the month, though not always in December.
Mycological Section Meetings see Current Foray Programme