Friday, October 21, 2011

Buterflies and Underwater Exotics

Cate Barrow entertained us royally last night with three talks, one about Butterflies and two about underwater exotics all supported by her excellent photography

She described herself as not being a Butterfly expert, but though leveraging the expertise of others including our very own Jeff Curtis and by spending a lot of hours in the field she has already done very well on reaching her goal of photographing all the UK butterflies

After that insect fest she showed us some of the underwater work she's being doing in various parts of the world including New Zealand, Australia and the Maldives.  Fantastic pictures of sharks, loads of smaller fish and many of the varieties of underwater invertebrates such as crabs, corals and polyps or many kind. She also shared come of the complexities of taking pictures in the underwater environment

Some more of Cate's picture can be seen on the Bristol Underwater Photography Group website

For anyone who loves looking at really well executed pictures of wildlife she's already offered to entertain us again next year so we're already looking forwards

Danau Girang Field Centre

Benoit Goossens gave us a fascinating insight into how a new field centre can be a centre for some fascinating scientific work.

He came across the Danau Girang Field Centre as an empty building which had been developed with grant aid, but no longer term plan for its use had been put into place (how often do you hear such tales!)

He developed a collaborative plan for Cardiff University to get involved with the Sabah Wildlife Department and through seeking external sponsorship from other organizations and has developed the centre into a thriving centre for ecological studies

The centre opened in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength, and we were treated to a number of insights that have been gained by using state of he art camera systems that capture images day or night when there is movement

You can read more about the field centre on the Cardiff University Danau Girang Field Centre page

For those who are on facebook you can join their group

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fancy a trip to Bhutan?

Joan Andrews clearly did, and that is why we are able to let you know that we have added an extra indoor meeting to the 2011 programme and we will hear from Joan about her adventures on the 12th of December 2011 in the usual place at the usual time (see the programme page)

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