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Natural History Geological Field Visit to Great Elm, nr Frome (2015/04)

The forecast for 25 April when Members of the Society visited Vallis Vale and Tedbury Camp was unsettled; perfect weather for a walk beside the Mells River, near Frome in East Mendip. View the visit photos here and the video above.

The effectiveness of additional dredging (2014/12) Our assessment indicates that in some locations there may be other benefits from dredging, such as improvements to land drainage. However this is not investigated in detail in our initial work, as this focuses primarily on flood risk to property. We continue to work closely with the IDB in order to assess the wider water management benefits.
An assessment of the effects of the 2013-14 flooding on the wildlife and habitats of the
Somerset Levels and Moors (2014/12)
'We remain concerned regarding the impact of uncontrolled and extreme flooding on farm businesses which need to be economically viable in order to achieve high value wildlife outcomes for the area.' - Natural England
Floods and Dredging - A Reality Check (2014/02) 'We conclude that dredging can play an important role in flood risk management in some cases, but is not a standalone solution. It should be considered in the context of a range of tools and the origins of different sources of flood water, and comes with significant risks that must be understood at a local and catchment scale.' - CIWEM
A Memoir of William Baker FGS by John Bowen This version of Baker’s memoirs was digitised and prepared for publication by Dr Adrian Webb in 2014 for the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.

William Baker's SANHS Papers, 1851-1853

‘Bridgwater High Cross’ Vol 1 (1851) p 63

‘Bridgwater Old Bridge’ Vol 1 (1851) p 64

and others. Click on the pdf link to read on.

William Baker, FGS (1787-1853) by AP Woolrich, 2014 In the first half of the nineteenth century, Bridgwater had a quartet of natural historians: Robert Anstice, FGS (1757-1845), who was a ship-owner and merchant, civil engineer and Somerset’s first County Surveyor; Thomas Clark (1793-1864) who was a grocer and amateur botanist; John Bowen (1785-1854), a civil engineer, wine merchant and social reformer; and William Baker, FGS (1787-1853), a currier. Read on by clicking on the pdf link.
Ecology Book Reviews 2012 'The author, who is Professor of Botany at Miami University, points out that fungi, relative to other natural groups, have been little studied scientifically. Of course, as fungi are not plants, one could ask if a botanist is really qualified to write on the subject!' - Dr Philip Radford
Blooming Mad (2012/01) As many members will have noticed, one of the effects of the exceptionally mild autumn and early winter has been the large number of summer-flowering plants still in bloom in December and January.

Natural History Notes (2010/11)

When compared with the previous two years, I found the last fungal season a good one. No doubt rainfall was the reason with adequate fall in August and September even though the spring was dry, resulting in poor grass growth..... Read
A New Sea Dragon: From Discovery to
The discovery of a new ichthyosaur in 1992 in Somerset, the problems overcome in its conservation, and the production of a facsimile for display......
Natural History Notes (2011/09) On a chill morning in early January I was glad to watch a colourful male Grey Wagtail as it walked or ran along the side of a hard-frozen Quantocks lane.

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