FOR THE STUDY & CONSERVATION OF BASINGSTOKE'S NATURAL HISTORY.
Are you interested in natural history?
Do you enjoy a country walk?
Are you interested in taking part in field studies?
Would you like to learn more about the wildlife around us?
Would your children benefit from being involved as part of our family membership?
Are you a keen photographer?
If you have answered 'yes' to any of the above please do join us, you'll be very welcome. Please fill in our contact sheet.
Founded in 1955, the Society was originally formed out of concern for the natural history surrounding Basingstoke. As the town grew, more and more areas where put under pressure and the wildlife squeezed into corriders and road verges. The Society founded by George Willis, actively sought to protect and preserve and to this day, their aims remain constant.
Our past member Mark Carwardine very kindly offered the statement below;
" I have many happy memories of my childhood in Basingstoke and, for much of that time, was a young member of the Basingstoke Field Society. It was great fun, and hugely inspirational and played a significant role in pointing me towards a lifelong career in wildlife and conservation."
Mark Carwardine, BBC zoologist, conservationist and wildlife photographer.
Click on image for Mark's web page.
The Society meets the second Tuesday of each month. During the winter months the meetings are held indoors, usually at the United Reform Church in London Street, Basingstoke and in the summer, they usually have an outdoor meeting/walk. (See Diary page)
The indoor meetings are very interesting with various talks, quizzes and general chat. The summer meetings give you the opportunity to visit an area you probably would not be aware of, to wander through flower meadows, woods and listen to, watch and learn about the wildlife that is in and around our town. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of natural history but just the desire to learn more. Occasionally the group is invited to conduct a field survey.
If you are a keen photographer, this gives you the ideal opportunity to hone your close-up skills and capture images. The website is always eager for new pictures.
Come to a talk on 'Kingfishers' Sept 10th.
Image courtesy of Mr Willis
On September 10th there will be an indoor meeting in the United Reform Church, where Mr A Willis will give an talk on 'Kingfishers’ The meeting starts at 8pm and should be a fascinating insight to these beautiful, illusive birds.