Paisley Natural History Society

Paisley Natural History Society A group of like-minded individuals in the Paisley & Renfrewshire area. We have FREE indoor talks in winter and excursions for members in the summer.
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Paisley Natural History Society is dedicated to the study and promotion of natural history. It was formed in the early 1970’s by local naturalists and is still going strong today. It is a small, friendly club providing opportunities for experts and amateurs alike to learn about and study all branches of natural history and is an ideal way to begin or further an interest in the natural world.

Operating as usual

First time I’ve seen Osprey at Glenburn reservoir, Gleniffer Braes country park. Photographed last week on the 29th Apri...
07/05/2021

First time I’ve seen Osprey at Glenburn reservoir, Gleniffer Braes country park. Photographed last week on the 29th April 👍

Blackthorn in bloom, habitat restoration project at Brownside Braes is looking great👍
02/05/2021

Blackthorn in bloom, habitat restoration project at Brownside Braes is looking great👍

27/12/2020

* Important Notice *

As Chairman, can I wish all our members A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As you know this year has been particularly tough on everyone due to the ongoing pandemic. In our last announcement we decided to suspend the society to the 31st of December and review the current situation following Government guidelines on indoor meetings. Under the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the virus and the availability of various vaccines being rolled out over the coming months, a decision has been made by the committee. We believe it would be in the best interests of everyone to wait until September 2021 to resume indoor meetings. The committee will endeavour to secure our usual venue at the Wynd Centre and organise an exciting winter programme for the 2021/22 season. As Chairman of the Paisley Natural History Society may I extend from the committee our best wishes to all our members and fingers crossed - we will meet again!!

Tom Byars Chair Paisley Natural History Society

Digiscoped this lovely drake Ring-necked Duck at Kilmardinny Loch this afternoon
12/12/2020

Digiscoped this lovely drake Ring-necked Duck at Kilmardinny Loch this afternoon

Some of the wildlife seen in I.C.I. Ardeer this summer, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Dunnock, Lesser ...
22/08/2020

Some of the wildlife seen in I.C.I. Ardeer this summer, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Dunnock, Lesser Whitethroat, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Eider, Blackcap & Otter

04/08/2020

Important Notice

To all our members,

We hope all of our members are safe and well in these uncertain times. The health, welfare and safety of our members is of paramount concern to the Paisley Natural History Society. Following advice from the Scottish Government on Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions we are sorry to let you know that suspension of the PNHS indoor meetings is being extended to 31st December 2020 when the situation will be reviewed following Government guidelines on indoor meetings. We will of course keep our members informed as to when restrictions may be lifted during 2021 and hopefully announce our winter programme then. Remember that you can post your recent sightings or even post your own nature pictures on our page for other members to see. Please take care and follow Government guidelines during this pandemic and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Tom Byars

Chairman

Important announcement from the Paisley Natural History Society. Due to the current and fluid situation regarding the Co...
17/03/2020
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Important announcement from the Paisley Natural History Society. Due to the current and fluid situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, it is with sincere regret that the committee has decided to cancel our April meeting and AGM. We do hope our members have enjoyed this years Winter Programme and we will endeavour to organise an amazing range of speakers for our 2020 - 2021 session. Please be safe and heed the current Government advice by self - isolating for seven days if you’re showing any symptoms such as a new persistent cough and/or fever and/or shortness of breath. For more information on the virus, please visit the dedicated NHS Scotland web page :https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-corvid-19

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02/03/2020

Paisley Natural History Society Evening Talk

Thursday 5th March
Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley
7.30pm

Conservation in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
Alan Brown (Countryside Officer, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park)
A look at conservation work in the Country Parks and the wider Regional Park. From a historical perspective, what has been achieved.
Also bear in mind that following our discussion on disposable coffee cups if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.

We got some nice publicity from the Paisley Daily Express about our scrub planting on Brownside Braes 👍
29/02/2020

We got some nice publicity from the Paisley Daily Express about our scrub planting on Brownside Braes 👍

Phase 2 of the Scrub Enhancement Plan for Lesser Whitethroat and other farmland birds. This will provide the important u...
27/02/2020

Phase 2 of the Scrub Enhancement Plan for Lesser Whitethroat and other farmland birds. This will provide the important understorey that is vital for nesting requirements. The following pictures show scrub habitat planting of gorse today by members of the Paisley Natural History Society, Community Networks Group and the Gleniffer Braes Country Park Ranger Service. Plenty of work still to do in this 3.02 hectare site!!

03/02/2020

Thursday 6th February

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley @ 7.30pm

Floods of Motorway meadows – a journey from trainee to plant hunting flood surveyor

By Rennie Mason



My journey from a trainee with the Scottish Wildlife Trust survey teams to running my own conservation consultancy and travelling the country hunting for plants and seeds for motorway landscaping, flood plains…and other things along the way!

06/01/2020

Thursday 9th January
Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley
7.30pm

How can we stimulate more biodiversity action in Renfrewshire?
Steve Edwards (40 years an ecologist but still only a semi-competent field naturalist and very weak-willed environmentalist)
This talk was provoked by the publication in May 2019 of the UN State of Nature Report, with its devastating assessment of the condition of our planet and dire predictions for the future, including the imminent extinction of more than 1 million species. Trying not to be too gloomy and in the spirit of optimistic New Year’s Resolutions, the speaker will ask if there is more that we can be doing at a local level to save and enhance Renfrewshire’s wildlife”.

Also bear in mind that following our discussion on disposable coffee cups if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.


Hope to see you all there.

04/12/2019

Paisley Natural History Society Evening Talk

Thursday 5th December
Wynd Centre, 6 School wynd, Paisley
7.30pm

A Twitcher's Tale

Andrew Russell

An insight into the excitment of twitching. This fast-paced take on birdwatching involves the race to see rare birds, with country-wide travelling witnessing incredible migration, friendly competition, euphoria, devastation of failure and the thrill of the chase.

As always our Christmas meeting will be followed by some festive fayre, so remember to leave a bit of room after your evening meal for some crisps, cake, mince pies and a glass of wine or fruit juice.

Also bear in mind that following our discussion on disposable coffee cups if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.

05/11/2019

Paisley Natural History Society Evening Talk



Thursday 7th November

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley

7.30pm



Peatland Wildlife and Conservation

David Hill (Peatland Restoration Project Officer, Butterfly Conservation Scotland)



This talk will highlight the importance of peatland habitats for wildlife, particularly butterflies and moths, before discussing how Scottish peatlands are being restored.



Also bear in mind that following our discussion on disposable coffee cups if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.

03/10/2019

Paisley Natural History Society Evening Talk



Thursday 3rd October

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley

7.30pm



Tag-n-Track: Part Deux

Hayley Douglas (Tag-n-Track Project Officer)

What's been happening with the gulls since Tag--Track's first visit? Who's been where, who's come back and who's new.



Also bear in mind that following our discussion on disposable coffee cups if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.

02/09/2019

Paisley Natural History Society Evening Talk

Thursday 5th September

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley

7.30pm



Exploring the mysteries of the deep Atlantic

Prof J Murray Roberts FRSB (Head Changing Oceans Research Group, Edinburgh University)

We live on a blue planet with the oceans covering over 70% of Earth’s surface and rely on the oceans for food, recreation and for the oxygen in every fourth breath we take.

The oceans were the cradle for life on Earth and today support an incredible array of habitats from shallow tropical coral reefs to the vast expanses of the deep sea. However, we have entered a period of unprecedented global change. Human activities are not only warming the planet but causing the chemistry of the seas the change more rapidly than at any point in the past. Our oceans have absorbed approximately a third of carbon dioxide released since the industrial revolution. This is shifting the chemistry of seawater towards acidification, a shift that could stress marine life with limestone shells or skeletons. This lecture will examine the potential implications for life in these changing oceans taking examples from the incredible diversity of marine ecosystems to the west of Scotland in the deep Atlantic Ocean.



Also bear in mind that following our discussion on disposable coffee cups if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.

Only three members turned up for the Arran outing yesterday but they were not disappointed as conditions were perfect fo...
05/08/2019

Only three members turned up for the Arran outing yesterday but they were not disappointed as conditions were perfect for butterfly watching as was the weather warm & muggy with little wind. Glen Rosa is a main site for Scotch Argus and we counted 20+. A Speckled Wood was a complete surprise to see though! Not the best conditions for raptor watching - so no eagles about but a family party of Spotted Flycatchers but on a bit of a display. After a well earned pint we found two Red Squirrels in the beer garden!!

04/04/2019

The talk tonight starts at 7:30pm and is on:
Whitelees Wind Farm by Kathleen McMillan (Countryside Ranger, Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service)

Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore windfarm, based just outside Glasgow. The site has a number of different habitats with a wide range of wildlife found on site. Learn about the wildlife and the Whitelee Access project.

Hope to see everyone here!

These excellent pictures were taken by Doogz Mccoll at Brownside Braes, near the farm buildings and he would like to kno...
02/04/2019

These excellent pictures were taken by Doogz Mccoll at Brownside Braes, near the farm buildings and he would like to know what species of bat this could be and can any of our members identify it?

28/03/2019

The talk on the 4th April is:
Whitelees Wind Farm by Kathleen McMillan (Countryside Ranger, Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service)

Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore windfarm, based just outside Glasgow. The site has a number of different habitats with a wide range of wildlife found on site. Learn about the wildlife and the Whitelee Access project.

Hope to see everyone here!

05/03/2019

Thursday 7th March Birds of Southern Spain

by Angus Hogg

Birdwatching in Cadiz Province and the straits of Gibraltar
Angus will take us into the Tarifa hinterland in southern Spain, rich in breeding bird species of rocky wood country. Vultures abound here, with colonies of Griffon, Egyptian and Black.
Tarifa beach is a favourite place to see gull and tern flocks with large numbers of passage waders, and the straits of Gibraltar is well known for bird migration.
In addition this talk will discuss the larger autumn movements of storks and many species of raptor as they move south into Africa.


Also bear in mind that to cut down on waste and costs, if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.

04/03/2019

The next talk is this Thursday night at 7:30pm. Its on the Birds of Southern Spain. Hope to see you here.

Stephen McBride captured this image of a Tawny Owl near the Coats memorial with the University building in the backgroun...
01/03/2019

Stephen McBride captured this image of a Tawny Owl near the Coats memorial with the University building in the background. What a lucky close up encounter - urban wildlife at its very best👍

04/02/2019

Paisley Natural History Society Illustrated Talk



Thursday 7th February

Wynd Centre, Paisley

7.30pm



Cetaceans in the Clyde

David Nairn (Clyde Porpoise C.I.C)



This talk will concentrate on cetaceans in the upper Clyde and the Harbour Porpoise in particular. With recent controversy over a recent planning application to create a decommissioning port at Hunterston terminal and the noise implications with pill driving - what will happen to our marine mammals in the upper Clyde?



This talk is free of charge and open to all.





Also bear in mind that to cut down on waste and costs, if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.

10/01/2019

Remember the frist talk of the year is tonight. See you all at 7:30pm.

07/01/2019

The first talk of the New Year is this Thursday 10th Jan at 7:30pm at the Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley

Talk: Winners and Losers: the effects of climate change on our Scottish insects

Dr Scott Shanks (Conservation Officer, Buglife Scotland)

Hope to see you here :)

07/01/2019

Thursday 10th January

Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley

7.30pm



Winners and Losers: the effects of climate change on our Scottish insects

Dr Scott Shanks (Conservation Officer, Buglife Scotland)



With climate change taking place what effect is this having on our insect populations. This talk will discuss how climate change will affect butterflies in particular and how will gain and some will ultimately loose in this ever-changing scenario.



This talk is open to all and free of charge.

Sand extraction on a huge industrial scale at Ardeer Peninsula 😡
31/12/2018

Sand extraction on a huge industrial scale at Ardeer Peninsula 😡

A legal loophole means one of Scotland's best sites for wildlife can be developed without the need for planning permission. Ardeer near Stevenson is home to an incredible range of invertebrates and more than 120 birds, but development can take place with virtually no regard for the natural environment, and in recent years around 20 hectares of tall, wildlife-rich dunes have been lost. https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/drone-documents-destruction-of-precious-sand-dunes-in-ayrshire/

04/12/2018

Paisley Natural History Society Evening Talks



Thursday 6th December



The Wynd Centre, School Wynd, Paisley

7.30pm



Honey Buzzards in Central Scotland

Chris McInerny

The honey-buzzard is probably Scotland’s most enigmatic breeding bird of prey. It is extremely difficult to observe, being rare, secretive and elusive but over the past few years two populations have been discovered in central Scotland and systematic and intensive monitoring has revealed new information about the species’ annual breeding cycle. This talk will review the history and distribution of the honey-buzzard in Scotland and summarise the results of these recent studies.









As always our Christmas meeting will be followed by some festive fayre, so remember to leave a bit of room after your evening meal for some crisps, cake, mince pies and a glass of wine or fruit juice.



Also bear in mind that following our discussion on disposable coffee cups ,if you want to bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee afterwards then please do.



Hope to see you all there

Well done Kathleen McMillan for winning the RSPB young nature champion award 2018 👍
23/11/2018

Well done Kathleen McMillan for winning the RSPB young nature champion award 2018 👍

Fantastic 1st county record of a Cattle Egret which turned up near Bishopton last week and was seen by many birdwatchers...
21/11/2018

Fantastic 1st county record of a Cattle Egret which turned up near Bishopton last week and was seen by many birdwatchers and photographers as it fed amongst a herd of Fresian cattle.

01/11/2018

Next talk tonight is Renfrewshire Renaissance in Fungi By Dick Peebles (Clyde and Argyll Fungus Group).
🍄 See you here at 7:30pm

31/10/2018

Renfrewshire Renaissance in Fungi By Dick Peebles (Clyde and Argyll Fungus Group). Is the next talk is on the 1st November at 7:30pm
🍄 See you here

28/10/2018

Renfrewshire Renaissance in Fungi By Dick Peebles (Clyde and Argyll Fungus Group). Is the next talk is on the 1st November at 7:30pm
🍄 See you here

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6 School Wynd
Paisley
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Regular indoor lectures are held monthly in Paisley Museum on Thursday evenings during the winter months from September through to April covering a variety of topics from birds and bats to fungi and fossils. Summer outings are organised from March through to September each year visiting sites throughout Renfrewshire and further afield. So if you have an interest in any aspect of natural history why not become a member? See our website below -

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It’s a long shot. Looking for some assistance, is anyone local to or frequents Glennifer Braes and is familiar with the area at Brownside farm, but particularly the land taking in the grounds of UWS Thornly park campus. Looking for a record of flora/fauna species recorded formally or informally on that site and vicinity. The more unusual the species the better. Developers are trying to build on this and the development proposal at Dykebar has been blocked due to many factors including environmental impact. The Dykebar site backs onto UWS. Any help with this would be gratefully received Thanks.
Hello all, I thought I would leave some information about Glasgow Seed Library, in case anybody is running short on seeds and needs a little pick me up. It is a free resource. Glasgow Seed Library is a public depository of seeds, hosted by the CCA. It focuses on distributing seeds for food, and on sharing knowledge about how to grow food locally. Anybody can take and leave seeds from the library, and they have seeds suitable for all levels of experience. More info is available here: https://www.cca-glasgow.com/about-cca/glasgow-seed-library It is usually physically accessible, but throughout the pandemic seed librarians are working remotely to deliver contact-free by bicycle. If you would like a delivery, you can put in a request via the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZWxeQSQybVebr_QmcZ3v7_COROyVt8rRgmss_1RdqluuWwg/viewform It is entirely free, all we ask is that you commit to growing organically, and save some seeds at the end of the season to return to the library. We can provide advice and resources to help you do this! Happy growing, Annie
Large Red Damselfly Lochwinnoch May 18
Common blue damselfly at RSPD Lochwinnoch 30th May 18
Spotted flychatcher seen at Geilston gardens, by Cardross on Friday 18th May 2018
Someone thinks they saw a bat flying over the cart in daylight. Is that a possibility? Another person has said it was House Martins as bats dont fly during the day.
Hi! Could anyone tell me which wildflower this is, and what type of bee is on it? Thanks 😊
Can someone please identify this bird for me. Taken last week on the ferry to Orkney