Here is our winter talks programme for the coming season. All talks will be held at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Dunbeg. Doors open at 7.15pm and talks start at 7.30.

Thursday October 18th 2018

James Fenton

‘Scotland and Norway – similar or different?’

Thursday November 15th 2018

David & Jean Ainsley

‘Galapagos above and below’

Thursday December 20th 2018

Rob Lightfoot

‘Wild Japan in Winter’

Thursday January 17th 2019

Max Bonniwell

'Farming and nature conservation on the Moss of Achnacree'

Thursday February 21st 2019

Kim Last

‘Nature’s Biological Clocks:  A look at wildlife through the eyes of a chronobiologist’

Thursday March 21st 2019

Andy Riches

‘The badger, victim or vermin?’

Thursday April 18th 2019 - AGM

TBA  

Thursday October 26th 2016

(note date)

Dr Tony Mitchell-Jones Pine marten, Polecat and Wildcat: the changing fortunes of 3 charismatic predators
Thursday November 16th 2017 Dr James Fenton
Polar wildlife.
Thursday December 21st 2017 Rob Lightfoot
Wildlife of Galapagos and Ecuador
Thursday January 18th 2018  
Thursday February 15th 2018 Pippa Garrard Tales from on board the ‘Silurian’ that changed the Trust forever!
Thursday March 15th 2018 Mary-Anne Collis Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels.
Thursday April 19th 2018 - AGM Rebecca Crawford

Butterfly Conservation: The Bog Squad - Restoring Scotland's Peatlands

 

All talks are held at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage, beginning at 19.30.

All welcome. There is a small charge for members and non-members to cover our costs.

Rebecca Crawford

Shane WasikOur last evening lecturer before Christmas was Shane Wasik, of Basking Shark Scotland, a company who operate boats out of Oban during the summer season.

Shane spoke on ‘Interactions with Basking Sharks’ and told us that apart from giving visitors the opportunity of swimming with basking sharks, the second biggest fish in the world, BSS also photographed these gentle plankton-eating giants and collected data on their movements – there are many aspects of their lives still unrecorded.  He spoke about the group’s photographing for the first time smaller fish accompanying them, much as pilot fish do with other sharks. These proved to be a fish native to the Canary Islands. The photography was excellent, in particular the high quality video taken from above by photographic drone, and listeners learnt a great deal about this elusive creature. His photographs included other species such as the sunfish, the heaviest bony fish in the world, which is occasionally seen in Scottish waters, maybe riding in on ‘offshoots’ of the North Atlantic Drift. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative talk.