Fylde Naturalists' Society: About Us

 

The Society was formed as the Fylde branch of the British Empire Naturalists Association (BENA) in May 1946. In May 1948 we became the Fylde Naturalists' Society. In the first years membership was low, money was scarce, Britain was still in a war setting but they were a hardy bunch and out of these bare beginnings a strong society grew.

 

The Society came of age when Arthur Watson took over as Chairman in 1963. Arthur was one of the counties leading entomologists, a wonderful fellow. The first Warden of Lytham St Annes Nature Reserve, willing to input knowledge to anyone who showed interest. Arthur remained Chairman until his sudden death in 1980. He was succeeded by Norman Woods, a noted naturalist, who stated that he would do the job for a couple of years, but stayed until 1991. Kitty Livesley, a trained biologist, officiated until 2002.

 

On the last Saturday in September the Society hold the Yealand Berry Walk in memory of Arthur and Norman.

 

Some Members are more dedicated than others. Many have dual membership with the RSPB, Lancashire/Cumbria Wildlife Trusts, Wild Flower Society, Alpine Garden Society, Fylde Bird Club, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Butterfly Conservation.

 

Currently we have approximately 90 members, our only regret is that we only have a couple of junior members.

 

We have outings by coach every two weeks from March to October and monthly in November and February. Our walks are not usually strenuous. They are for the study of Natural History in all its forms. There is usually expert knowledge at hand, all you need do is ask. It may help your enjoyment if you provide yourself with a set of Field Guides on Flowers, Birds, Fungi and Butterflies.

 

The mid-week outings (own transport) from May through to August concentrate more on Natural History with visits to Nature Reserves for Flowers, Dragonflies, Birds and Butterflies.

 

Lectures are held fortnightly on Wednesday evening from September until March with an evening in December where members are invited to bring along some slides of their "Naturalists Year".

 

We are not a protest group, just a like-minded group of people who like all things connected with Natural History.

 

Why not come along to a couple of outings to see if you like us before joining?

 

Geoff Manger
Chairman (2002-2014 )