Minutes of the meeting of 25th February 2014
17 members were in attendance.
The President, Robin Hopper was in the chair 7 the Treasurer, Brian Walker took the minutes.
Minutes of the previous meeting: Not shown or approved due to technical problems
New members: There were no new members
Robin Hopper announced that Dr. R. J. Mather would give the keynote address at the society’s annual general meeting in December. The evening meeting on the 11th March 2014 would be at Woodend, in the Crescent at 7.30 p.m. Museum collections and books etc. would be available for inspection. Robin asked for names of those wishing to attend. John Hume gave details of a dragonfly identification day being organised by Whitby natural history Society led by Keith Gittens and himself. The all-day event begins at Whitby Museum on 1st June. Places are limited. Whitby members will have first call with others filling the remaining places. Pauline Popely mentioned that the Whitby society had a number of such events planned.
Stephen Bushell exhibited a harvest mouse nest from the farm at Broadheads. It was not found ‘in-situ’ but had fallen from the bales.
Brian Cockerill said a friend had seen a bat on the wing earlier in the month. Brian Walker said this was ‘not unusual’ during mild winters but such activity was not good for the bats as no food was available.
Cedric Gillings spoke of finding a new site for the rare rusty back fern on a wall in Scarborough.
Melanie Earle had been weeding the garden at North Moor and had disturbed a number of ladybirds. A harlequin ladybird was near the bird feeder earlier in the year.
Brian Walker reported a kingfisher at Ellerburn on the 10th February.
Denise Warley had a peacock butterfly in Scarborough at the weekend.
There was a short break followed by the speaker for the evening. Andrew Grayson from Kirkbymoorside gave an illustrated talk entitled – BOTS & WARBLES.
Andrew a leading authority on flies gave a fascinating and at times rather gory insight into the world of two groups of flies that have long been regarded as pest of cattle, sheep other and other animals including people. He illustrated his talk with pictures of adults, larvae and puparea as well as host species.
Despite such an apparently unattractive subject Andrew gave an excellent talk that members found very interesting.
The President, Robin Hopper proposed the vote of thanks and the meeting ended at approximately 9.30 p.m.