Sunday 19th August. Following the publication of Keith Alexander’s ‘Beetles of Gloucestershire’, Kate Clark of BBC Radio Gloucestershire has done an interview in the field with Keith, which will be broadcast on her Sunday morning programme on Sunday 12 August between 09.00 and 12.00.

GNS Field Meetings

The field meetings, unless stated below, will last about two hours and will be of general interest, including birds, botany, geology… whatever turns up. Stout footwear essential, and remember your hand-lens and binoculars. Post codes are sometimes provided to help satnav users get roughly to the right location, but please bear in mind that for rural locations these will only be approximate and you will still need to find the exact location from the grid reference.


Thursday 30th August. 11.00 to mid afternoon. Stroudwater Canal. A Pot Luck recording meeting on the boundary between VC 33 and VC34 at Stroud. Meet in the layby at Blunder Lock on the S side of the A436 just after the roundabout (with services) half a mile SE of the M5 Junction 13 (SO78610604). Bring lunch and suitable footwear.  Leader Clive Lovatt clivemlovatt@gmail.com 07851 433 920.

Thursday 20th September. 10.30 to mid afternoon  Urban Gloucester. A Pot Luck recording meeting, focussing on non-native species. Meet by the roundabout in the Waterwells Park and Ride on Telford Way, just off the A38 at Quedgely (Satnav GL2 2AB SO809131). Half an hour by bus to town centre, hence earlier start. Bring lunch and suitable footwear. Leader Clive Lovatt clivemlovatt@gmail.com 07851 433 920.


GNS Indoor Meetings at Cirencester

The series of indoor winter talks takes place on the second Friday in the month from October through to April at Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester, GL7 1JR. The hall is open from 7pm for 7.30pm start. Free to members. See below for directions.


Friday 9th March. Indoor Meeting at Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester. Annual Business Meeting and Members Night Photographic and artistic competitions. Bring along your photographs, projected images (digital files) or wildlife related artwork of any sort. 7.00 for a 7.30pm start.

Friday  April 13th    David Simcox
The History of the Large Blue in the Cotswolds and the re-introduction.


GNS Annual General Meeting

The Society’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester GL2 9EB at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 16 March 2018.

After the AGM Dr Andrew Stringer of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will give a talk on ‘Should pine martens be reintroduced to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley?’.


Directions to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester

Map showing Holy Trinity Church, to which Watermoor Church Hall is attached
Route to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester from Bristol or Gloucester
Route to Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester from Tetbury or Stroud


Other Meetings

Members may like to know of the following field meetings.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Events and surveys across the county. Contact David Dewsbury for details. Phone 01594 832068, mobile 07786 543961, email david.dewsbury@btinternet.com

Dean Fungus Group

The Dean Fungus Group runs forays throughout the year. Contact Keith or Valerie Davies for information on 01452 760278 or email email keith.val@hotmail.com

GNS Lichen Group

The Lichen Group meets once a month during the warmer months. New people, including beginners, always welcome. Lichen meetings begin at 11am and generally go on until about 4pm, though you are encouraged to stay for just as long as you wish. All you need is a x10 hand lens, and a picnic if you intend staying after lunch. To join the mailing list, email Juliet Bailey, glos.lichens@gmail.com
Maps and illustrations of Gloucestershire lichens are online at http://gloslichens.potsherd.net

Gloucestershire Invertebrate Group

The GIG has field meetings mainly at weekends from April to October. GNS members are welcome to come along and see what they do. Contact David Scott-Langley (01285 659631) for further advice. Look out for Invertebrate meetings during National Insect Week.

Gloucestershire Botanical Group

Contact Mark and Clare Kitchen for information. Phone 01453 810958, mobile on the day 07783 448203, email clareandmarkplants@yahoo.co.uk

All meetings are for botanical recording and will not have had a visit beforehand so the excitement of what we find is for all participants. We will identify as many plants as possible so suitable for learners and more experienced botanists. As well as the plants we are searching for we will record all we see.

Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group

The Gloucestershire Bryophyte Group meets monthly from October to April; see the British Bryological Society website for details.