Worthing Natural History Society




Winter Talks Programme  


November 10th ‘The Wildlife of the Seychelles’  Ian Rumley-Dawson

Ian Rumley-Dawson is a freelance wildlife photographer, sound recordist, lecturer and course leader who has travelled to many different parts of Britain, Europe and many  remote regions of the world.  He comments that ‘these tiny islands in the Indian Ocean are so far from any other land masses that they have evolved some of their own unique species of wildlife, such as the giant tortoise, geckos, strange tenebrionid beetle, giant millipede, Coco de Mer nut (largest seed in the world), as well as a beautiful mixture of colourful tropical flowers.’

November 24th ‘Fossils of Bracklesham Bay,    David Bone

Local geologist, David Bone, has been studying West Sussex geology for 40 years.  He will be giving a powerpoint presentation on the fossils of Bracklesham Bay and showing us specimens.  David has led many fossil hunts at Bracklesham and has produced a guide ‘Fossil Hunting at Bracklesham and Selsey’.

December 8th  AGM and Photographic Competition

Forms and further information for the digital photographic competition will be available from Chris Pennells who will be collecting the entries.  This year photographic print entries can be from non-digital as well as digital cameras.  Last date for submitting your entries will be the second Autumn meeting.  

January 5th  New Year Party

Quizzes, cakes and cups of tea and good company!  Come and enjoy and bring a savoury or sweet contribution.

January 19th  ‘Guyana – the last true wilderness’   Mike Russell

Mike Russell, the Adult Learning Manager for the Sussex Wildlife Trust, will introduce us to the wildlife of Guyana, a country almost as big as Britain and much of which is rainforest, most of it in pristine condition.

February 2nd  Members’ Afternoon   

This is where you, the members, can come and share your experiences of the natural world.  Bring along any paintings, photographs, books, specimens, etc.  There will be talks in the first half of the meeting and the second half will be given over to the members.

February 16th  ‘Dragonflies’      Phil Belden

Anyone who has a pond in their garden will probably have been blessed with the sight of dragonflies and damselflies.  We shall learn more about these beautiful creatures today.  

March 2nd  ‘Through the seasons in a Sussex woodland’  Reg Lanaway

Sussex is blessed by being one of the most wooded counties in England.  Reg Lanaway worked at Plumpton Agricultural College and the Plumpton estate includes ancient sem-natural woodlands and it is through this habitat that he takes us this afternoon.

March 16th  ‘Droughts, Deluges and Dust Devils’   Ian Currie

As I write this the country has been experiencing some deluges that have seen rivers breaking their banks and extensive flooding.  However, not so long ago, we saw hosepipe restrictions imposed because of drought caused by a very dry winter.  With weather patterns changing it seemed timely to invite Ian Currie, the Weatherman, to talk to us.