Our programme for 2019-2020

Details are added here as soon as meetings are arranged and confirmed.

Indoor meetings start at 7.30pm in Room 0.23 (ground floor) of the Cardiff School of Management Building, Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2YB - unless otherwise stated (*).

 Indoor Meetings 2019-2020
Monday 23 September 
followed by a Sydney Johnson film (provisional)
Mike Dean
Monday 14 October
The Missing Link between Dinosaurs and Birds
The story of Archaeopteryx: the iconic "missing link" fossil between dinosaurs and birds.
Cindy Howells
Wednesday 30th October
The Landscapes and wildlife of Cardiff
An introduction into how Wales formed and developed through geological time and how this developed into the landscape in our local area and how that in turn gives us many of the wildlife habitats that we have and love to explore.
Andy Kendall
Thursday 14 November (*)
Slime moulds
A joint meeting with the Cardiff Group of the Wildlife Trust South and West Wales,
Wallace Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University, Park Place.
Dr Steven Murray (Glamorgan Fungus Group)
Tuesday 19 November
Carboniferous fossil floras of Wales - their importance for understanding changes in ancient landscapes and climate
Christopher J. Cleal
Tuesday 10 December
Xmas Bash / Flora of the Vercors in southern France
Eirian Edwards
Wednesday 15 January
Members' Evening
CNS members short illustrated talks. Contact Hilary Wicks please email ( if you wish to make a presentation.
Wednesday 29 January
Welsh Mineral Classics
A look at Wales' rich geological diversity
Tom Cotterell

Tuesday 18 February
Harold Augustus Hyde (1892-1973): a pioneering palynologist
Dr Harold Augustus Hyde was appointed Keeper of Botany at the National Museum of Wales in 1922, a post he held until his retirement in 1962. He published extensively on the Welsh flora, but his most important work was considered to be on aeropalynology. Hyde became the 63rd President of the Cardiff Naturalists Society in 1935.
Dr Heather Pardoe
Thursday 27 February (*)
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
A joint meeting with the Cardiff Group of the Wildlife Trust South and West Wales,
Wallace Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University, Park Place
Laura Evans
Monday 9 March
Student Bursary Evening

1st speaker = biosciences prize award winner

2nd speaker = Dan Rouse: A tale of bird conservation in Wales
To be Announced and

Dan Rouse
Wednesday 18 March
Oliver Brown

 Outdoor Meetings 2019-2020

Sunday 19 January 
New Year Birdwatch Starting at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Penarth. CF64 5UY ST17846918 Meet at the Visitor Centre in the car park at 10am.

Cosmeston’s two lakes attract plenty of waterbirds, and the surrounding bushes, reedbeds and meadows support a variety of other birds.

Afterwards we may go on to a different site depending on the weather and other birding opportunities, such as last January’s Black-necked Grebe in Cardiff Bay.

Mostly we will be on firm level paths.There is a café (with toilets), or bring a packed lunch.
Linda and Rob Nottage

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