Mike Dilger to help RNHS celebrate 50th Anniversary

Rutland Natural History Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a celebrity lecture on May 8 by Mike Dilger, BBC presenter and naturalist.

During his time on BBC’s - The One Show, items covered have included anything from snorkeling with basking sharks to fighting like a stag beetle and filming everything from British-born beavers to booming bitterns.

Mike’s mission is to reveal the beauty of the natural world to as broad an audience as possible through a combination of his trademark enthusiasm and immense knowledge.

On May 8 Mike will be talking about ‘The trials and tribulations of a wildlife presenter-  including an insight into all those difficult moments which are usually edited out!

Tickets (£12.50 including pre-talk refreshments) are available from Stamford Arts Centre, Music and More in Oakham, and Uppingham Sports and Books. The lecture is at the Wilson Auditorium, Oakham School, on May 8 at 7.30 pm.

RNHS members are a group of people with a shared interest in the wildlife of our county, many of them also LRWT members, but have a specific focus. RNHS Recorders encourage members to send in their wildlife findings from all over the county, which are checked and collated and sent on to form part of the National Records.

This year RNHS have set up a series of summer workshops – on botany, water birds, insects, and bats – as well as summer field meetings which include an evening moth trapping, a visit to Seaton Meadows (a Coronation Meadow) with the Plantlife warden, woodland birds at Burley-on-the-Hill (members only as  permit needed), a farmyard walk and a butterfly morning in Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve.

In the winter, a series of monthly lectures is held in Oakham, as well as further field meetings in and around Rutland.

If youre a beginner, this is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of the natural world and contribute to its conservation.

If youre an expert, RNHS would greatly value your contribution to the recording community.

For more information, see www.rnhs.org.uk, or come along to the 50th Anniversary lecture with Mike Dilger meeting on May 8.

Photograph: Mike Dilger

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