Evening talks on a wide variety of natural history topics are given by invited speakers on the first Thursday of every month from September - April in Paisley Museum at 7.30pm.
Evening Talks 2017 and 2018
Thursday 7th September
Dragonflies of Central Scotland
Daniele Muir (Scotland Officer, British Dragonfly Society)
Voracious predators, able to detect movement up to 15 metres away and marvels of aerodynamic engineering, these animals are the raptors of the insect world.
Come along to find out which species can be found locally, what the British Dragonfly Society is doing to help conserve these species and how you can get involved.
Thursday 5th October
Foraging Ecology and Movement of Herring Gulls
Dr. Ruedi Nager (University of Glasgow)
Herring Gulls are going through some dramatic changes in terms of numbers and distribution. While numbers in many traditional sites decline, Herring Gulls increasingly use built-up areas both for breeding and foraging. Over the last few years we looked at the foraging decisions of Herring Gulls along the Scottish Southwest coast and its implications for their breeding success.
Thursday 2nd November
Froglife’s Scottish Dragon Finders Project
Dr. Victoria Larcombe (Project Manager, Scotland’s Dragon Finder Project)
Froglife’s Scottish Dragon Finder project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is entering its final year. The project was designed to reach out to people across Scotland and encourage them to get involved in reptile and amphibian conservation.
Come along to hear what we have achieved so far and find out what Froglife has planned for Scottish amphibians and reptiles in the future.
Thursday 7th December
Hayley Douglas (Tag-n-Track Development Officer, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park)
The Lesser Black-backed Gull is one of our most misunderstood birds. Using the latest in tracking technology 12 gulls have been tagged to investigate their summer and winter movements from the Clyde area.
Do they all forage for chips or are they more rural in their tastes? Do they overwinter in the UK or is Portugal more their scene"
Thursday 11th January
The elusive Pine Marten
Jackie Clark (Scottish Badgers)
The pine marten was once found throughout Britain, but suffered one of the most dramatic declines of any British mammal with habitat loss, fur trapping and predator control during the 19th century leading to a widespread population decrease.
However, over the latter half of the 20th century numbers have been recovering and in Scotland the population has expanded south and east from its stronghold in the Highlands, with the species now found in parts of central and eastern Scotland, including our local towns of Cumbernauld, Denny and Milngavie, but have they always been there?
Thursday 1st February
Dragons at the Greenock Cut
This study started as an Honours Project and as a result of the data collected in the first year has continued.
This talk will cover facts on all three Scottish reptile species, will look at how the studies where carried out and provide an overview of the results.
Thursday 1st March
Scottish Lepidoptera and Climate Change; the Succeeders, the Sufferers and the Surprises
Paul Mapplebeck (Chair Butterfly Conservation Glasgow and Southwest Scotland Branch)
A whirlwind overview of Scottish butterflies and moths, starting with a brief history covering early extinctions and early records through to modern discoveries of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Plus a closer look at Renfrewshire species and the effects of climate change, including species gained and species threatened by global warming.
Thursday 5th April
Could we live with lynx?
Dr David Hetherington
We know from bone evidence that the Eurasian Lynx lived in Scotland for thousands of years until its demise at the hands of humans. The species was similarly pushed out of most of the rest of Europe, clinging on only in the continent's wildest areas.
However, with changing social attitudes, the lynx has made a comeback in several busy, human-shaped landscapes across the continent and there is growing discussion about its potential reintroduction to the U.K.
Find out from ecologist and author, David Hetherington, what it's really like to live alongside Europe's big cat in the 21st century.