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Society History

1968 - First meeting of Paisley Museum Natural History Society
May 1972 - Launch of Newsletters for the PMNHS. Recorders appointed
January 1973 - Support given to RSPB to take over management of Bar Loch and Aird Meadows.
November 1975 - D. Mellor, Keeper of Natural History at Paisley Museum explains role of Museum in recording natural history. A. Christie reports on arrival of Dutch Elm Disease in Scotland.
September 1977 - Renfrewshire County-based biological records centre established at Paisley Museum.
January 1978 - Biological recording takes off. Cape May Warbler recorded on the Gleniffer Braes.
February 1979 - Boylestone Quarry infill threat to mineral rich SSSI geological site.
January 1981 - Andy Christie, Ranger, reports on Gleniffer Braes official designation as a Country Park.
July 1981 - Societyholds a slide-and-print photographic competition.
April 1982 - Plans discussed to start Field Study Group meetings and 12 species listed in the BRISC action plans surveyed. 18 paid-up members!
1985 - First of the Annual Reports published.
1986 - Problems encountered with accommodation for meetings at the Museum
1987 - Environment Fair in Paisley Town Hall for European Year of the Environment.
Habitat loss as Sustrans creates the Paisley to  Lochwinnoch cycle path

1990 - T. Byars reports threat to Lesser Whitethroat breeding site at Thornly Park railway banks.
1991-92 - Success as the Caplethill site receives local protectionfor Lesser Whitethroat, but the draining of Whittliemuir Dam results in significant habitat loss.                            

1992-1993 - Weekend excursions to Aberlady (in May) and to St Andrews.
Renfrewshire Conservation Volunteer Group established, first project carried out on Paisley Moss.
Caplethill Road and Stanely Reservoir raise awareness of the need for a Conservation Strategy to protect wildlife sites.
Introduction of the Whitethroat Logo.
Work on Paisley Moss for National Bog Day.

November 1993 - Brownside Braes threatened by plan for dry-ski slope by Renfrewshire Enterprises. Several sites still need a campaign for conservation: Whittliemuir, Caplethill, Gateside Dam.
March 1994 - Glasgow Airport expansion threatens Whooper Swan site.
April 1994 - Keith Watson talks to Society on Renfrewshire Flora.
June 1994 - Spring weekend at Stoneykirk, Stranraer. Environment Week Fair
July 1994 - Dobbs Linn geological excursion and National Bog Day at Paisley Moss
September 1994 - Keep Brownside Braes Green campaign established.
March 1995 - Threat to Whooper Swans at Airport. Humpback Whale visits Greenock.
September 1995 - Trearne Quarry outing. Increase in Grey Squirrel population evident.
January 1996 - Waxwings recorded in Renfrewshire
May 1996 - Conservation Campaigns listed: Save Rennies Marsh, Whooper Swans, Brownside Braes.
A Hoopoe appears in Paisley.

September 1996 - Autumn weekend to Berwickshire (Haggerston Castle)
June 1997 - Outings to Tay Reed Beds; Auchalton Meadow, Maybole; cycle path outing
September 1997 - Recording for “Butterflies for the Millenium”. Study evenings and Renfrewshire Conservation Volunteers continue.
April 1998 - Participate in Spring Clean Campaign at Jenny’s Well and Cart River Valley Project
May 1998 - T. Byars reports on conservation issues: Inchinnan, Brownside Braes, Thornly Dam.
November 1998 - LBAP evening, Society takes part in steering group
July & October 1999 - Donations to Linwood Phoenix Gulls Campaign; Save Linwood Pool Campaign
November 1999 - Progress update of the Renfrewshire LPAB.
January 2000 - BRISC recordings highlighted.
February 2000 - Waxwings recorded in Renfrewshire.
August & November 2000 - Farewell to Shona, Keeper of Natural History at Paisley Museum. T. Byars writes to Council regarding post of Keeper of Natural History at the Museum. Reassurances given.
June 2001 - Introduction of e-mailing to communicate with members.
September 2001 - Biodiversity evenings become a regular feature of winter programme.
February 2002 - Letter sent to Ms Jeffreys of Paisley Museum expressing concern at reduction in Museum support since Shona’s departure.
May 2002 - Crisis in Society with dwindling members and participants. Possible EGM to discuss future of society. Join up with GNHS and local RSPB group for summer outings. Take part in Biodiversity Week. Biodiversity officer appointed, but no curator of NH for Museum.
August 2002 - Following EGM in June 2002, new committee appointed, including publicity officer, and decision to reduce number of winter meetings. Summer outings poorly attended.
December 2002 - Application made to Lottery Fund to purchase projector. Two generous donations received.
August  2003 - Draft constitution drawn.
October 2003 - B. Gray writes Constitution for Society.
December 2003 - Grant application focus on computer equipment to aid recording.
August 2004 - Hen Harrier Project set up at Muirshiel to record nesting birds.
November 2004 - Petrina Brown appointed as Biodiversity Officer for Renfrewshire. Engages help of Society to locate new sites for LBAB plant species Spignel and Butterfly Orchid.
June 2005- Outing to Glen Moss to survey LBAP plant species.
November 2005 - Petrina Brown engages support of Society in plans and funding for Sand Martin Wall. Conservation Funds used for donation.
March 2006 - SWT build Sand Martin Wall at Inchinnan. Summer outing planned to Gleniffer Braes to study Butterfly Orchids.
April 2006 - Join local RSPB group to visit Leyton Moss, Lancashire to hear Bitterns booming.
November 2006 - Hen Harrier project at Muirshiel doing well this year (Talk by Ranger John Clark).
August 2007 - Nicola Macintyre appointed as Assistant Curator of Natural History at Paisley Museum.
September 2007 - Resumption of monthly winter meetings as attendance improves, and improved accommodation given for meetings.
February 2008 - Report by Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre staff, on their 4 years of work rescuing and relocating the hedgehogs of Uist.
November 2008 - Grant received from Renfrewshire Environmental Trust for habitat work at the Lesser Whitethroat nesting site on Brownside Braes.
February 2009 - Society website up and running
August  2010 - Start of joint meetings with Glasgow and Hamilton Natural History Societies, first meeting hosted by Glasgow NHS. Continued involvement in LBAP throughout International Year of Biodiversity.
November 2010 - Members encouraged to report wildlife sightings for society website and biological records database.
February 2011 - Society hosts joint meeting with Glasgow and Hamilton Natural History societies with a talk by Dr Mauvis Gore on Basking Sharks. 
August 2011 - Report on Habitat Enhancement Project at Brownside Braes. Introduction of Facebook page for Society.
November 2011 - Archives page on Website created.
April 2012 - Forum of Past Chairpersons at AGM.
September 2012 - Museum Natural History Curator and Society participate in Paisley River Exhibition.
November 2012 - Imminent publication of Flora of Renfrewshire; society contributes to funding.
Jan - April 2013 - Educational project on Renfrewshire’s butterflies, run by David Mellor.
Summer 2013 - Alexander Wilson Bi-centenery Exhibition at Museum; Society partnership.

 

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