Winter Talks Programme 2023 – 24
In the Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, Perth, Wednesdays at 7.30pm
As 2023 draws to a close, we can reflect on a great series of talks, appreciated by good audiences whom have been rewarded with informative, entertaining, varied – the acclamations could go on – presentations.
Join us in 2024 in the Sandeman Room of the AK Bell Library for our next series of talks
October 25th, “Earth: a user guide,
How the Earth works and how we can live within its means.
Dr Clive Mitchell, Strategic Resource Manager: Nature and Climate. NatureScot
November 15th, “Doing Bird….,”
An archive birdsong project in HMP Perth
Steve Urquhart, Sound Artist and Radio Producer
December 6th, “Scottish Spiders,”
Dr Alistair Lavery, arachnologist
January 10th, “The Isle of May Uncovered,”
Work and life on the island, research to puffins and everything in between. And what you can see during the year.
David Steel, Nature Reserve Manager, NatureScot
January 31st, “My first year as BSBI Scotland Officer”
The role, botanical highlights of the year, the Plant Atlas promotion and a look to the future of the BSBI in Scotland
Matt Harding, BSBI Scotland Office
February 28th, “Perthshire Local Biodiversity sites, projects progress and their place in planning,”
Robert Wills, PKC
March 6th, “Perthshire’s threatened Butterflies and Moths,”
Anthony McCluskey, Conservation Manager, Butterfly Conservation, Scotland
March 20th, AGM and Member’s Night
The Nature Section was formed in 2022, merging the Botanical and Ornithological sections, to cater for all interested in any aspect of the natural world, in Perthshire and beyond. Our aim is to provide talks and activities that will appeal to everyone with an interest in the study of the animals, (including the diversity of insects), plants and fungi; soils and geology
In addition to the series of winter indoor talks, field outings will remain an important part of our programme. These provide the opportunity for members of any expertise, or none, to learn about our local nature from those with experience in identifying and recording wildlife.
- New Video – Tay Reed Beds
- Video Talk – 40 years of monitoring rare arctic-alpine plants on Ben Lawers
- Video Talk – Tracking Short Eared Owls
- Ornithology Newsletter Nov 2021
- Ornithologists Newsletter June 2021
Who are we?
- We are a club for people interested in plant life, birds, insects, fungi, or, in brief, our wildlife, its natural history and its conservation.
- We aim to encourage people with an interest in our wildlife to develop that interest …….
- ….. by providing the opportunity with indoor talks and outings, and encouraging an individuals own activities.
- You may be taking a new interest in wildlife, a keen observer or just wanting to find out more about the wonderful life we can see every day; we can help you with study and enjoyment.
- We hope to encourage taking notes and keeping records. We encourage members to make use of national recording forums such as BirdTrack and the schemes of organsiations such as Buglife, The Mammal Society &c.
- Please contact us to register your interest at email@example.com
- Or contact the section secretary, Liz Lavery at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a society with a long history, one of the principal aims of our earlier members was to form a collection of the flora and fauna of Perthshire. We no longer collect specimens for museum displays (!) but observe, conserve and enjoy our birdlife, and maybe collect some images. It all supports our winter evenings, which inform and entertain with avian news, and a chat over tea.
Frog, Jeff Banks
New members are welcome to join us, on our summer outings or at our winter lectures held in the Sandeman Room at the AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. Evenings conclude over tea and coffee.
Bulletins and Newsletters of the Section
The Nature Section produces an annual Bulletin with longer articles describing past activities, and occasional Newsletters giving members more topical news and updates.
The former Botanical and Ornithological Sections each produced regular Bulletins, the Botanical Section every year until 2022, and the Ornithological Section from 1963-2012 and thereafter occasional newsletters, recording Section activities and wildlife sightings. Bulletins can be downloaded from the PSNS Publications page. The Botanical Section Bulletins also have a downloadable Spreadsheet index to excursion venues described in Section Bulletins.
Read the Ornithologists contributions to the PSNS’ “40 years of change and a Year of Covid” on this web site.
CONTACT US: email@example.com
Magpie Moth, Jeff Banks
A little bit of our History
The outstanding work of Francis Buchanan White, the founder of the PSNS, resulted in the publication of the Flora of Perthshire in 1898 after his death. The Flora includes records made by other members, including the Birnam Postie, Charles Macintosh, whose botanical interests influenced Beatrix Potter. Latter day members helped to compile The Checklist of the Plants of Perthshire (available to purchase – see our publications page), and we continue our efforts to update our knowledge of the flora of this, very special area. We work closely with other organisations such as Plantlife, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and the Botanical Society of Scotland.
Today, PSNS members continue to be involved in community activities. For one Doors Open day at Perth Museum and Art Gallery our members produced a series of educational panels on the “Architectural Significance of Plants”
AGM papers can be downloaded below:
Perth and Stirling Wild Spaces: Contact Alice Kenny
Butterfly Conservation Scotland: Sign up for a quarterly newsletter here