Talk – Thursday 13th December 2018 – Nature’s Recyclers

Nature’s Recyclers – From Dumbledore to Dung Roundhead

Without the decay of animal and plant matter and the recycling of nutrients, life would grind to a halt. Fungi, together with bacteria and some invertebrates, are the main agents in the process of decomposition, and the participation of fungi in this process is probably their most important role. This talk will illustrate the great diversity of fungi and some of the invertebrates which are nature’s recyclers.

A talk by Christine Johnson

13th December 2018 – 7:30pm Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula

Free to Curracag members / £2 non-members

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Curracag AGM 2019

The date has been set for the 2019 Curracag AGM

Thursday 17th January 2019, 7.30pm
Dark Island Hotel, Liniclate, Benbecula

The AGM will be an opportunity for members (new and old) to learn about the plans for the future and participate in the discussion.

An agenda for the AGM will be available shortly and will be shared here.

Please come along and help us make the islands natural history thrive.

New and old members are equally welcome to come along and renew their membership on the evening.

Hope to see you there!

Winter Talks 2018/19

Curracag is pleased to announce a series of illustrated talks throughout the winter to be held at:-

The Dark Island Hotel, Liniclate, Benbecula at 7.30PM

Entry to the talks is free to society members / £2.00 non members

The programme of talks is as follows:-

Thursday 11th October 2018 – “Crofting and Conservation” by Heather Beaton

Thursday 8th November 2018 – “North Uist – the Scottish Galapagos: A hotspot of stickleback biodiversity” by Carl Smith

Thursday 13th December 2018 – “Nature’s Recyclers – from Dumbledore to Dung Roundhead” by Christine Johnson

Further talks to be announced.

Talk by Heather Angel – July 2018

Macro Photography, Flowers & Pollination

An illustrated talk by nature photographer Heather Angel

Wednesday 11 July at 7 pm.

Liniclate School Theatre, Liniclate, Benbecula

Admission £5, families £10

Heather Angel is a highly versatile British award-winning wildlife photographer whose images have a strong artistic appeal as well as scientific authenticity.

For more than three decades, Heather has been at the forefront of nature photography in Britain and her work has been recognised by many awards in Britain and overseas. 

Heather’s website is: http://heatherangelphotography.co.uk

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Winter talks 2017/18

Curracag is pleased to announce a series of illustrated talks throughout the winter to be held at:-

Lews Castle College, Benbecula Campus, Linacleit, 7.30PM

Entry to the talks is free to society members / £2.00 non members

The programme of talks is as follows:-

Thursday 12th October 2017 – “Ticks” by Graham Charlesworth
Thursday 9th November 2017 – “Six Months in Manitoba: From Prairie to Tundra” by Yvonne Benting
Thursday 14th December 2017 – “Iceland: A Coastal Tour” by Peter Keiler & Gwen Evans

The dates for talks in 2018 are:-

Thursday 11th January 2018 – “Botswana Safari” by John Love
Thursday 8th February 2018 – “The importance of biological recording” by Robin Sutton
Thursday 8th March 2018 – “The Shiants” by Robin Reid

Bird Survey Courses

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have organised two courses entitled ‘Skills and Techniques for BTO Bird Surveys and will take place in the Outer Hebrides this April.

On Thursday 20th April at the Dark Island Hotel in Benbecula
and
Saturday 22nd April at the Uig Community Centre on Lewis.

Both courses will run from 10am to about 4.30pm.

The courses will have a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions, some bird identification and some survey methods, and should be lots of fun!

The cost of the courses are subsidised to a nominal £5 for the day (to help cover refreshment costs).

Note: These courses are open to all – not only BTO members.

If you’re interested in attending please contact Anne Cotton at anne.cotton@bto.org to book on, or feel free to contact David Jarrett at the BTO for more information at david.jarrett@bto.org

Curracag AGM 2017

The date has been set for the 2017 Curracag AGM

Wednesday 8 February 2017, 7.30pm
Dark Island Hotel, Liniclate, Benbecula

The AGM will be an opportunity for members (new and old) to learn about the plans for the future and participate in the discussion. If you have any items/issues that you would like to see discussed at the meeting please email Chris Johnson the Curracag Chair: chair@curracag.org.uk to have it added to the agenda.

New and lapsed members are equally welcome to come along and join/renew on the evening. If you are a current member and have not yet changed your standing order to cover the full amount of the new membership fee you can also come along and pay the top-up amount.

Please come along and help us make the islands’ natural history thrive.
Hope to see you there!