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Fungus Foray (NH) 18 Sept 2010

It was pointed out that, increasingly, the full value of fungi in the natural world is becoming understood........


Birds of the Otter estuary (NH) 2 Nov 2010

We met to observe birds on the Otter Estuary in sunny and pleasant weather conditions....... Read

Members’ meeting (NH) 13 Nov 2010

The meeting was a social afternoon, with refreshments and short talks by three members...... Read

Dragonflies (NH) 4 Dec 2010

The emphasis was on dragonfly behaviour, relating especially to mating and the holding of territory, which vary a lot according to the species..... Read

Conservation on the Moors and Levels (NH) 8 Jan 2011

Using excellent slides and maps, the speaker explained that the area known as the Levels included several sites of special scientific interest; it also had the largest amount of lowland wet grassland in Britain...


Sea Dragons of the Somerset Area (NH) 5 Feb 2011

At the onset there was a very necessary explanation of the geological time scale demonstrated with the aid of clear diagrams..... Read

Nynehead Park (LH) 30 Sep 2010

This successful event was held at Nynehead Village Hall on 30 September, and was attended by 37 members and non-members. Read

‘Very, Very Slow in Learning’ (LH) 6 Nov 2010

Winter got off to a good start with a talk on Saturday 6 November when at least 25 members and non-members attended talks on the history of education in Somerset..... Read

Live the Tradition! Morris and Mumming (LH) 26 Nov 2010

On 26 November 2010, a very cold night, about 60 members, guests and local people braved snow and ice to attend the Live the Tradition event at the Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory... Read

Somerset Voices (LH) 4 Dec 2010

On Saturday 4 December Ann Healey gave an excellent talk on the Somerset Voices oral history project and played several recordings....

Staple Fitzpaine (HB) 13 Nov 2010 Our visit to Staple Fitzpaine began at St Peter's church ...


Yeovil Parish Church and Town Centre (HB) 18 Jun 2011 The prospect of a visit to Yeovil on a wet Saturday morning did not initially seem inviting ... Read
Somerset Maps (LH) 2 Mar 2011

On Wednesday 2 March some 35 members and non-members attended a presentation and exhibition by Christine and Joe King on Somerset Maps.

Settling the Poor in Somerset (LH) 9 Apr 2011

On Saturday 9 April a sizeable audience met in the Somerset Heritage Centre and heard three of our own learned historians, John Page, Mary Siraut and Jane de Gruchy,

Rare Plants in Somerset (NH) 12 Mar 2011 On Saturday 12 March at the Wyndham Hall, Taunton Castle, Helena Crouch, ably assisted by Liz McDonnell, spoke on ‘Rare Plants in Somerset’. Read
Dragonflies (NH) 11 Jun 2011

Members, led by Dr Philip Radford, met on 11 June at the Waldegrave Pool on the Mendip Hills with the aim of studying dragonflies,

Fungi of Triscombe Stone (NH) Read
Birds, Insects & Plants of the Otter Est (NH) 1 Oct 2011 A meeting of the Natural History Section took place at Budleigh Salterton on 1 October 2011 when birds, plants and insects were observed and identified. Read
Taunton to the Pyrenees (LH) Read
Grand Western Canal (LH) 9 Oct 2011 A party of 17 people (and two dogs) met on a cool and showery afternoon to be shown the work being undertaken to restore some of the remaining structures of the canal and the Nynehead Court parkland. Read
Castle House Visit (HB) 19 Nov 2011 On Saturday 19 November we saw Castle House at the apogee of its disrepair. Read
SANHS Visit to Nether Stowey(LH) 28 Apr 2012 Last Saturday a group of some 25 eager members met to enjoy a guided tour of Nether Stowey organised by Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society’s (SANHS) Local History Group. Read
SANHS Visit to Stogursey(HB) 26 May 2012 On a glorious Saturday in May, members of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society (SAHNS), led by Deputy Chairman Chris Sidaway, explored the delightful and historic village of Stogursey. Read
SANHS Visit to Rowlands Mill, Farmhouse and Grotto (HB) 21 September 2012 On Friday 21 September over 40 people, including several who were not members of SANHS, spent a truly memorable day with SANHS Historic Buildings Group at Rowlands near Ilminster. Read
Wild Flowers of Crete - 8 December 2012 A meeting of the Natural History Section of the Society took place at the Natural England Office at Shapwick on 8 Dec 2012 when David Reid spoke on ‘Wild Flowers of Crete’. Read
Buildings in Somerset Parks and Gardens - 12 January 2013 An excellent talk by James Bond was held in a rather chilly Wyndham Hall. We started by considering evidence of long “rooms” in Roman villas, which may have been loggias and travelled briefly in time through the Middle Ages with a look at Dovecotes such as that at Dunster. Read
Wild Weather - 11 January 2014 A meeting of the Natural History Section took place at the Museum of Somerset on January 11 when Steve Parker spoke about ‘Wild Weather’. Read
Letters from Nelson and Nine Teapots Although there is a monument to his memory in Butleigh, it is probably true to say that most people in Somerset have never heard of Sir Samuel Hood. Mary Siraut, the Victoria County Historian for Somerset, helped to rectify this by offering members of SANHS and their guests a glimpse into his life and career.












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