Attached is the September newsletter. Note that it has important information regarding our indoor meetings which are starting soon, Sept 8th.
Please note that the plan is to hold our autumn indoor meetings at Scarborough Rugby Club where we will have the space to social distance with the seating and the venue is also set up to comply with the current covid regulations. Please note that as of 13th August we have a maximum allowed of 30 persons.
We have laid on two additional field meetings, one at Bogle Hole and one at Flamborough (see events). Booking is essential for these events to enable us to make the necessary arrangements for group separation.
I addition please note that due to covid virus bat handling is not currently permitted unless absolutely essential and the bat box checks for this autumn have been cancelled.
Anyone with any news/sightings etc please send in for the August edition. Hopefully we will be able to meet again sometime face to face! jULY 2020 newsletter
Attached is the first of our newsletters we are publishing while activities are restricted.
I have spoken to Fiona re her wildlife project and she has sent a brief resume of what it is about. Can anyone interested or who could help please contact her – details are at bottom of brief. Thanks
I am making a short film that responds to our current and historical understanding and study of garden species, with special interest in the diverse lifeworlds of bees and other pollinators in Scarborough. It will discuss the existential threats to insects in the context of the human experience of Coronavirus. The visuals will bring together film of bees and pollinators in my own garden and local patch down in Kent, with archival footage of Scarborough’s South Cliff Gardens, plus where possible, photos and audio recordings from Scarborough naturalists with an interest in bees. The project is commissioned by Invisible Dust and Scarborough Cliff Gardens.
I would be very interested in learning more about your study of bees and other pollinators in Scarborough – including how biodiversity has changed, the threats that you have seen emerge, and also the changes in the way naturalists study insects (and their plant relations) – from the Victorian passion for collecting and preserving specimens, dissection and description, to current methods perhaps using more photography and video, macro lenses, identification apps on smartphones, DNA etc?
Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice
As a result of the ongoing situation it is clear that our events will not be able to take place safely and within the likely restrictions. We are therefore cancelling all events until further notice. Hopefully things will return to a more normal situation later in the year and we will post any changes here and on Facebook. Hope to see you all later in the year. Keep safe.
Please note that due to the current situation all events for April are cancelled. This will include the bat box check for May 2nd.
There are a number of YNU events that members may be interested in in 2020:-
16th May Flamborough Meet car park at TA230695 at 10.30
13th June Duncombe Park Meet SE612835 at 10.30
18th July Askham Bog Meet at car park on A1036 SE575479 at 10.30
26th Sept Jugger Howe for Bryology Meet at Helwath Bridge SE954995