Calendar of our meetings, events and activities

     

    Our Indoor Meetings (IMs) are held at 7-30 pm at the Lyttelton Rooms, Church
    Street, Great Malvern WR14 2AY, next to the Priory Church. Entrance fee: adults £2.50, children no charge, including refreshments. Everyone is very welcome,
    including non-WWT members. For more details about the talks, contact Alison Uren on 01684 567819. For reports of previous Indoor Meetings, click here.

    Our Outdoor Meetings (OMs) are held on a regular basis throughout the year. For details or to arrange a lift, contact Margaret Vernon 01684 565079 (walks and minibus trips); Carol Bradley (ambling group outings) on 01886 884372/ 07929 091814; or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

    Details/booking form for all planned trips in 2017 can be found by clicking here and for 2018 by clicking here.




         

    2017

    Wednesday 6th December  OM  Amble in our local area focused on a closer, slower look at wildlife. 10am.

    More details will be circulated the time to members of the Malvern Group e-mail list, or contact Carol (01886 884372 or phone/text 079290 91814, or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

     

    Thursday 7th December  IM  A flutter in the Hills - the butterflies of theMalvern Hills. Talk by Mel Mason.

    Mel is the West Midlands Butterfly Conservation representative and Malvern Butterfly Group Recorder. With the support of 10 transect recorders and over 40 casual recorders in the Malvern Butterfly Group, he monitors the fluctuations in the occurrence of the 32 local species of butterfly. Using many detailed images, the talk will cover aspects of their lifecycles and the effects of climate, migration, parasites and habitat management. Special mention will be made of the grayling, the rarest butterfly in Worcestershire.

    Saturday 9th December  Minibus trip:  RSPB Ynis-Hir and starling roost at Aberystwyth Pier.

    The first part of the day will be spent at Ynis-Hir reserve, where large numbers of ducks, geese and wading birds should be seen. Peregrine, red kite and hen harrier may be present too. There is a visitor centre at the reserve and a number of hides. We will then move on to Aberystwyth to see the starling murmuration over the pier. We will finish our trip with a pub meal (optional, not included in the fare). Cost £14 (+£5 for non RSPB members). Pick up: Malvern Splash at 7.30 am, take a packed lunch. Limit 16, so booking is essential.  PHONE MARGARET on 01684 565079; PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THE MALVERNGROUP).

     

    2018

    Thursday 4th January   IM  Return of the native:  pine marten recovery in England and Wales. Talk by Elizabeth Croose, Projects Support Officer of the Vincent Wildlife Trust.

    The pine marten used to be common in England and Wales but, as a result of game shooting and predator control, became confined to some areas of Scotland. The Vincent Wildlife Trust has recently carried out a reintroduction programme in Wales with a small but significant number of martens translocated from Scotland. Elizabeth will talk about the success of this programme and its future.

    Monday 15th January  OM  Amble in our local area focused on a closer, slower look at wildlife. 10am.

    More details will be circulated the time to members of the Malvern Group e-mail list, or contact Carol (01886 884372 or phone/text 079290 91814, or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

    Thursday 1st February  IM  A botanical tour of Herefordshire. Talk by Peter Garner,  BSBI Recorder for the County of Herefordshire.

    Peter will give us a comprehensive overview of the plants of Herefordshire from the Black Mountains, along the river Wye and uo to the Malvern Hills. He will talk about how common plants like bird's foot trefoil fir into the ecosystem and mention some of the rarities like lesser twayblade and ghost orchid. The talk is illustrated with his excellent photographs.

    Thursday 8th February  OM  Amble in our local area focused on a closer, slower look at wildlife. 10am.

    More details will be circulated the time to members of the Malvern Group e-mail list, or contact Carol (01886 884372 or phone/text 079290 91814, or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

    Thursday 1st March  IM  Farming with nature.  Talk by Caroline Corsie, Grasslands and Agriculture Officer, WWT.

    Lower Smite Farm is the headquarters of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust (WWT). It is a 150-acre working arable farm, purchased in 2001. Caroline will talk about how the farm is managed with sensitive farming techniques, which improve the quality of the agricultural landscape for wildlife.

    Tuesday 20th March  OM  Amble in our local area focused on a closer, slower look at wildlife. 2pm.

    More details will be circulated the time to members of the Malvern Group e-mail list, or contact Carol (01886 884372 or phone/text 079290 91814, or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

    Thursday 5th April  IM  The work of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. Talk by James Hitchcock, Estates Manager for HWT.

    Our close neighbour, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, manages 54 nature reserves including Woolhope, Lugg Meadows, Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake. Many are of national importance with unusual species of birds, flowers and insects. James will talk about the projects he is currently engaged in to improve habitat, create wildlife havens and encourage sustainable living.

    Wednesday 25th April  OM  Amble in our local area focused on a closer, slower look at wildlife. 2pm.

    More details will be circulated the time to members of the Malvern Group e-mail list, or contact Carol (01886 884372 or phone/text 079290 91814, or e-mail malverngroup@live.co.uk.

    Thursday 3rd May  IM  The wildlife of British woodlands. Talk by Paul Hobson, wildlife photographer.

    Originally mainly interested in bird photography, Paul now works more widely with a range of subjects: plants, insects, mammals and reptiles. He will talk about the wildlife in both coniferous and broad-leaved woodlands of Britain.