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LNHG Talk – Tuesday 11th February 2020 :

A Brief History of Nature: Overcoming
extinction with 70,000 years of hindsight

with Martyn Murray; biologist, conservationist and author

Fire Station Lecture Room, Oban, 7.30pm,
Admission free to LNHG members; £2.00 for non-members.

The Sixth Mass Extinction of species is being driven by an imbalance between what people take from nature and what the Earth can provide. 70,000 years ago, our ancestors faced the same problem: they exterminated half the large animals, but then settled as hunter-gatherers to coexist with nature. We can learn from them to devise new approaches to conservation. As Nuffield Research Fellow at Cambridge, Martyn has worked with wildlife as a scientist and conservationist, living in African savannas, Central Asian plains and SE Asian rainforests. Now resident on Lismore, he is completing a book on the Sixth Extinction.

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LNHG Field Trip – Saturday 15th February 2020

Fearnoch : Lichens & Bryophytes

This month’s field trip takes us to Fearnoch where we will be looking at lichens and bryophytes of broadleaved and coniferous trees, plus anything else of interest that we see. Date and time: Sat 15 Feb, 10.00 a.m. Meeting place: From Oban take the A85 through Connel and continue in the direction of Taynuilt.  After about 3 miles the road passes under the railway bridge at Stonefield.  About 1 1/4 miles after this, there are turnings on your right for Fearnoch.  Do not take the first one which just says “Fearnoch” and goes to Fearnoch village.  Take the 2nd one which is well signposted for Fearnoch Forestry Commission car park.  This turning is at NM 9688 3243.  Drive up to the car park and meet there. Terrain: Mostly in woodland. May be muddy or icy, depending on weather. Not all on paths. Any kind of hazard may be encountered including water, steep slopes, hidden obstacles, holes in the ground, thorns, fallen trees etc.  If you are coming on this field trip please read our Health and Safety Policy on http://lnhg.org.uk/health-and-safety-policy.htm.

To bring: Packed lunch, hot drink, clothing for all weathers, stout waterproof footwear, camera, binoculars, hand lens, GPS, ID books, notebook, insect repellent (all optional). Please car-share as much as possible. Lifts available from various places, please ask or offer. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Carl