Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Valleys from Green to Black and Back

Dr. David Llewellyn gave us an excellent talk tonight about the history and environmental work going on in the Valleys Regional Park which can be see in great detail on their website http://www.thevalleys.org.uk/

David is a captivating speaker and clearly passionate about the work he is doing in the projects initiative to co-ordinate, drive and promote activities related to the environment and heritage and associated tourism activities across the valleys of south Wales, working in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government’s Heads of the Valleys and Western Valleys Regeneration Programmes, with marketing through the Valleys ‘Heart & Soul’ campaign, to change the reality and perceptions of the Valleys as a highly-desirable place to live, work and visit.

He also showed us many of the wonderful places you can visit as it says on the official Valleys tourism website  http://www.thevalleys.co.uk/ "The world is just waking up to the fact that The Valleys are home to a captivating choice of attractions and places to visit"

Friday, September 23, 2011

Invitation so see some excellent pictures

We received this recently from Andy Rouse who many of you may know now lives in the Cardiff Area

Greetings All

To celebrate my 9th BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 7 years and RSPB Cymru's Centenary, I have pleasure in inviting you to my first major exhibition in Cardiff. 50% of the proceeds will be used by the RSPB for conservation in Wales.

The exhibition will run at the art deco Washington Gallery in Penarth from October 3rd until the 16th.

We have arranged a special Family Preview Day on Sunday 9th October between 12 noon and 4pm. I will be giving a 20 minute talk on my award winning work at 1pm and will be there all afternoon to give an insight into the pictures shown at the exhibition. 

I guarantee that the images in the exhibition will be stunning and will inspire you no matter what your interest in wildlife or photography. There will be something for all tastes, I promise you that! It's a beautiful venue and I will hang some of my most famous and award winning work on its beautifully lit walls. 

Full details of the exhibition, location and a sneak preview of some of the images I will show can be found on my website page here - http://www.andyrouse.co.uk/index.php?page_id=147

I hope that you will be able to attend the preview on the 9th October, please feel free to bring friends and family and there is no need to get any special tickets. 

I look forward to inspiring you on the 9th October!

Best wishes

Andy Rouse
Wildlife Photographer

Photo used with kind permission of Andy

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Annual General meeting and Birding in the Balkans

The 2011 indoor seaason kiked off with our AGM and an excellent talk by Paul Bowden on Birding in the Balkans

Paul showed some exellent pictures and video in his short presetation on his trip to visit a friend and  felowe birder for a week in the sunshine - YES SUNSHINE !

Paul of rouce is not just a birder, but showed some really good pictures of the insects he saw along the way.

It was a real tonic to see some blue skies at this time of year 


Friday, September 2, 2011

2011 - 2012 Programme now on-line

As you can see on the Programme page above or on the website at http://www.cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/htmfiles/programme.htm our 2011-12 programme has now gone on-line

2011 Indoor meetings
Wed Sep 21 AGM followed by an Illustrated talk on Birding in the Balkans Paul Bowden
Tue Sep 27 The Valleys from Green to Black and Back Dr. David Llewellyn
Mon Oct 3 Danau Girang Field Centre, a research and Training Facility in a Tropical Rainforest in BorneoDr. Benoit Goossens.
Wed Oct 19 Butterflies in UK and Underwater exotics Cate Barrow
Thur Nov 3 Northern Territory and Queensland Margaret and John Samuel
Mon Nov 28 The Wildside Of Crime PC 3626 Mark Goulding
Wed Dec 7 Xmas Bash - Guest of Honour Dr Mary Gillham Members
2012 Indoor meetings
Wed Jan 18 Members Evening Members
Tues Jan 24 Small Can Be Beautiful, The Micro Moths of Glamorgan David Slade
Thurs Feb 9 Birds, Ecosystems and Climate Change Dr Rob Thomas
Tues Feb 21 The Caves of Cefn Meiriadog, Denbighshire , a Bishop Darwin, a Chimney Sweep, Landmines and Science Elizabeth Walker
Thurs Mar8 Parasites of The Eurasian Otter Ellie Sherrard- Smith
Tues Mar 27 Urban Tree and Woodland Management Cameron Lewis

Outdoor meetings
Sat Sep 17 10.00 H/FParc Tredelerch
SunJan 8 9.00 FBirdwatch, Channel ViewRob & Linda Nottage
SatFeb 25 10.00FOgmore, Geology Steve Howe
SunMar 25 10:00FBlaenavon, above and below the surface Rhian Kendall
SunMay 13 10.00 FRoath Park Tony Titchen
Jun 9/1010.00FWhitford, Gower Steve Bolchover
SunJul 1 9.30 FCowbridge & Siginstone Rob and Linda Nottage
WedJul 11 18.30HLisvane Mike Dean
SatAug 11 10.00FLeckwith Woods Ben Rowson
SunSep 16 10.00FAshton Court, Bristol Tony Titchen

Normally this would be posted to members with the AGM newsletter, but we've had a slight snag getting things printed this year and we will get the cards to you as soon as possible

In the mean time please spread the word to any of our members who are not on-line (or possible members who've not yet joined us) so that they can plan to come along and have some really good evenings fun during the darker months ahead

if you prefer just a list of the indoor meetings it can be found here http://www.cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/htmfiles/indoor.htm
and if you want a poster to put up at work or somewhere local then that can be found here http://www.cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/pdf/currentposter.pdf

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