Past Events

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Adding up adders

Wednesday 05 December 2007, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

SWT Galloway Group meeting
Speaker: Mark Pollitt
Title: Adding up adders - reptiles in Dumfries and Galloway and the results of the Adder survey.
Castle Douglas. Contact Pam Pumphrey 01556 630246 for more information.

Lichen training day

Friday 18 January 2008, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day learning about lichens with Anna and Andy Acton, lichen consultants. Will include indoor and field sessions in the New Galloway area. There will be a cost of approximately £25 for the day. Contact DGERC to book a place.

Wildlife on Your Doorstep

Monday 21 January 2008, 7:30 pm

Closeburn Womens Rural Institute meeting

Speaker: Mark Pollitt (DGERC)

A talk to the Closeburn WRI at Closeburn Village Hall. Contact Deirdre Holding on 01848 330139 for further information.

Whale and Dolphin Watch

Sunday 30 March 2008, 11:00 am

Join members of the local cetacean group to look out for whales, dolphins and porpoises off the Rhinns coast. Information on how to look for and identify the species found in the region will be available. No booking necessary, but please note that the watch is weather dependent and may be cancelled in the event of very poor weather conditions. Contact organiser if in doubt.
Meet: Join watchers at any time on the headland by Killantringan Lighthouse (Black Head). Parking at NW982567
Further information: Mark Pollitt, DGERC, Solway Heritage. 01387 247543. Email: info@dgerc.org.uk

Reptile Ramble, Mossdale

Thursday 10 April 2008, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre (DGERC) staff at Mossdale on a walk looking for some of the region’s elusive eptiles. Find out how to look for and identify the three species of native Scottish reptiles, all of which are found in the surrounding area.

Amphibian and Reptile Group meeting

Wednesday 14 May 2008, 7:30 pm

Caerlaverock WWT reserve - 7.30pm

Meeting to discuss the establishment of a new Amphibian and Reptile Group in Dumfries and Galloway. Everyone welcome. Please contact Mark Pollitt at DGERC to book. There may be a small charge (£2-3).

Peter Leach, an experienced herpetologist from the Lothians Amphibian and Reptile Group will give a presentation about the work of their local group and provide advice on how to go about setting up our new group. We will then have the opportunity to discuss issues and questions. It would be helpful if attendees look through the attached document before the meeting which gives advice on setting up a group and will aid our discussions.

Mark Pollitt will give a short presentation on a new fungus disease in UK amphibians and how the group might help to monitor local amphibian populations for this disease.

Finally a representative from WWT will give a brief introduction to amphibian conservation work at Caerlaverock before taking the group for a walk to see and hear Natterjacks on the reserve.

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DGERC Woodland Conference

Saturday 31 May 2008, 10:15 am - 5:30 pm

Murray Arms, Gatehouse of Fleet

A conference open to everyone, celebrating the woodlands of Dumfries and Galloway and launching DGERCs new Woodland Guardians Project.

Speakers t.b.c. but will include presentations on wood pasture creation, the Ancient Tree Hunt and the work of the BTO. In the afternoon there will be a selection of field trips to nearby woodland sites.

cost: £5 including lunch and refreshments.
Free to anyone taking part in the Woodland Guardians project.

More information, a provisional programme and a booking form are available here

For information about the Woodland Guardians project check the Projects page, email woodlandguardians@dgerc.org.uk or contact Fiona at the DGERC office.

Glow Worms & Bats at Kissock, Loch Arthur

Friday 11 July 2008, 9:30 pm

Leader: Mark Pollitt
Location: Kissock, Loch Arthur
Time: 9.30PM

Glow Worms and Bats. It is necessary to wait until it's very dark if you want to see the Glow Worms!! Booking Essential.

Fungi ID day

Sunday 17 August 2008, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Colvend area

Leader: Liz Holden

Time: 10.30am - 4.00pm

Liz Holden, an experienced Scottish mycologist, will be leading a DGERC Fungi ID day in and around the Colvend area The event will be suitable for beginners with very basic knowledge of fungi but who are interested in taking their fungi skills a little further. Nothing too difficult, but we may cover things like taking a spore print (very useful for identifying some species) and even using some simple keys. The day will run from 10.30am to 4.00pm and include indoor and outdoor sessions. It should also be a useful next step for those who attend the free Woodland Guardians event on the Saturday 16th.

Cost: £25 per person (to cover Liz's expenses and hire of a room).

Places are limited so contact Mark Pollitt or Fiona Moran on 01387 247543 or email DGERC to book a place.

Cricket & Grasshopper ID day

Sunday 07 September 2008, 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Location: Aucheninnes Bog, Dalbeattie Forest, Port O'Warren

Time: to be confirmed

Join DGERC staff and local wildlife expert Jim McCleary to look for grasshoppers and crickets. Possibility of seeing all/most Scottish species

Booking essential. As access/parking is limited please contact Mark Pollitt at DGERC to book a place