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Winter Lecture Programme: October 2014 to end February 2015
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:55:09 am »
All lectures are held in the Normanby Lecture Theatre at the Pannett Park Museum, Whitby starting at 2.00pm on Saturday afternoons between Saturday October 18th and Saturday February 24th with a break in December.  The lectures cover a wide range of topics all within the special interest groups of the club and are open to both members and visitors: a small fee is charged at the door - members 1.0 and visitors 2.0.  The lecture titles and where currently available, a summary of the lecture content are noted below

The lecture titles and details of those that have already been presented  are noted at the bottom of the programme

Saturday December 6th

Lecture Title: The bombardment of Whitby in 1914

        Mike Yates of Whitby Naturalists

Summary:      On the 16th of December 1914, a flotilla of German battle cruisers under the command of Admiral Von Hipper bombarded the northeast ports of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool causing about 140 deaths and great damage to these towns.  Mikes talk will include many images of the buildings that were damaged in this raid and a story from a child caught up in the bombardment.  The talk will conclude with an analysis of the reasons for the attack and the effect that it had on Britain at the time.

Saturday January 10th 2015

Lecture Title: Animals of the Okavando Delta

Lecturer:       Dr Bob Pietroski


Saturday January 17th

Lecture Title:
Butterflies of the North York Moors

Lecturer:   Dr David Wainwright


Saturday January 24th

Lecture Title:
Lewis Hunton - A life worth celebrating

Lecturer:       Mike Windle of the NE Geology Trust


Saturday January 31st

Lecture Title: Developing the interest of young naturalists

Lecturer:       Dr Graham Scott of Hull University


Saturday February 7th

Lecture Title:
There is no lecture today, it is the Annual General Meeting

Saturday February 14th

Lecture Title: Lichens - Agents of monumental destruction

Lecturer:       Prof. Mark Seaward of University of Bradford

Summary:      Lichen colonization of ancient monuments is variously interpreted by specialists in different disciplines, their attitudes inevitably coloured by differing aesthetic and practical considerations.  Ecologists, for example, regard the appearance of lichen mosaics as a natural ageing process, finding the species diversity aesthetically pleasing.  Conversely, those concerned with the conservation of cultural heritage view lichen encroachment very differently: inscriptions and fine detail may be obscured and in some cases, damage may result from bio deterioration, its severity varying considerably according to the chemical properties of the stonework, micro-environmental conditions and air pollution.  Programmes aimed at quantifying the actual role played by lichens must first determine which species are disfiguring but intrinsically harmless and which cause actual physical damage: any treatment for their removal should be carefully selected, since although some methods may appear to be immediately effective, the effects are highly likely to be deleterious over a longer term.  The speaker will consider the positive and negative aspects of lichen colonization by reference to his worldwide research.

Saturday February 21st

Lecture Title:
The Natural History of Captain Cook`s voyages

        Dr Sophie Forgan of the Captain Cook Museum, Whitby


Saturday February 28th

Lecture Title
: Canal and River Ecology

:       Jonny Hart-Woods of The Canal and River Trust


Details of the lectures that have been given

Saturday October 18th

Lecture Title
: A fossil history of plants

Lecturer:       David Smith of the Royal Photographic Society

Summary:     This lecture explains our present understanding of the origins and evolution of successive groups of plants from the first colonisers of the land at the beginning of the Silurian period, over 400 million years ago, to the flowering plants that dominate the vegetation of our world today and on which we are completely dependent for our existence

Saturday October 25th

Lecture Title: A journey to the Northern Sky

Lecturer:       David Perry of the Whitby Naturalists

      Join David on canoe journeys through to the largest intact ecosystems on earth in Northern Canada.  Meetings with moose, caribou, musk ox, wolves. pingos, diamonds, bald eagles, mosquitoes, trees, Indians and Hunters via Whitby - Ontario

]Saturday November 1st

Lecture Title: Fylingdales Moor - A special place

Lecturer:       Chris Hansell of the Hawk and Owl Trust

Summary      Chris will take us on a personal journey of discovery covering 140 million years of the moors history touching on it`s history, archaeology, flora and fauna

Saturday November 8th

Lecture Title: Changes in the distribution of marine species as indicators of climate change

Lecturer:       Dr Jane Pottas of the Whitby Naturalists

Summary      There is strong evidence that recent rapid climate change has resulted in changes in the abundance, population structure and geographic ranges of a number of intertidal indicator species, mirroring changes offshore.  Evidence suggests that species range expansion / retreat in response to climate change is occurring more quickly in marine systems (plankton and fish as well as intertidal species) than terrestrial systems.  Whitby is at the boundary of two biographic regions of sea so is perhaps well placed to observe these changes.

Saturday November 15th

Lecture Title: Monitoring populations of the Spruce Sawfly in Central Wales

Lecturer:       Dr David Minter of the Whitby Naturalists

:     In the 1970s, the spruce sawfly occurred in huge numbers in the forests of central Wales.  Large areas of trees were severely affected with the larvae consuming foliage.  A team was set up to monitor populations and consider the potential of biological control and undergraduate students were taken on for vacation jobs to help with the fieldwork:  this is the story of those undergraduates in general and one in particular.  The scientific approaches taken by the brilliant scientist leading the team had a profound impact on the intellectual development of that lucky young man and set him off on a long scientific career.  Results of the monitoring still have relevance far beyond forest entomology.  The field work itself was peppered with various gently amusing incidents.  The young man is now older but he hopes the tale he has to tell will interest you and even make you smile.

Saturday November 22nd[/

Lecture Title: Skydancer - Hope for Hen Harriers in Northern England

Lecturer:      Blanaid Denman of the RSPB

Summary:     Once an iconic feature of the moorland landscape, with only four successful nests in England this year, the hen harrier is currently a bird on the brink.  Join us on the front line of British conservation as we explore the history of hen harriers in the UK, their ecology and conservation status and outline the work that RSPB are doing, particularly through the Skydancer project, to secure a future for this beautiful yet threatened bird of prey.

Saturday November 29th

Lecture Title: Recorders Reports

Lecturer:       Recorders

Summary:     This is an annual occasion when the recorders for each of the interest groups of the Club present their reports and invite discussion from the members 

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