Our indoor programme of lectures starts in September. The venue for these is the Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, Derby. For details on how to find this - click on or touch the button ‘MEETINGS VENUE’ on left.

During the spring and summer we have a varied programme of outdoor meetings, taking place in Derbyshire and neighbouring counties, to explore a wide range of wildlife. All are welcome to join us - and you definitely don't have to be an expert!

Our Programme of Talks and Walks 2019 / 20


Wednesday 1st May (outdoor meeting) (M)

See stunning bluebells and the countryside around Bretby, with Sue and Steve Ford. Meet at Bretby village green (SK295232) at 10.30am.

Saturday 4th May (outdoor meeting) (M)

Visit Rose End Meadows with Alec Rapkin, mainly for bluebells. We can try again for spring gentians at Hopton Quarry  afternoon. Bring lunch. Meet at 10.30am in St Mark’s Close, off Hawthorn Drive, Cromford (SK293568).

Wed. 8th May (outdoor meeting) (M)

Bill Grange leads a walk in his home area, through fields to the viewpoint of Bunkers Hill, Quarndon. Meet at 2:00p.m. in the car park, Woodlands Lane, Allestree Park (SK341404)

Wed. 5th June (outdoor meeting) (E)

Join Bill Grange and Steve Plant to explore Belper Parks Local Nature Reserve with woodland and flower-rich grasslands. Meet at

2:00pm in the large and free Coppice Car Park off the Market Place (SK351474).

Saturday 15th June (outdoor meeting) (M)

Meet David Gibbons at Hartington Station CP (pay & display) on the Tissington Trail for orchids, pond life and other wild flowers and insects at the DWT Hartington Meadows at 10:30am. From A515 (Ashbourne - Buxton Road), turn off on B5054 to Hartington. After about 0.5 mile turn left by railway bridge up track to car park at (SK149612). This is a morning walk with toilets and refreshments kiosk.

Thursday 20th June (outdoor meeting) (E)

Ticknall Limeyards Meet 6.30pm at Ticknall Village Hall car park (SK352240) to repeat the 1952 survey of the plants of the limeyards. Leaders: Brian Gough & Alan Willmot.

Sat. 29th June (outdoor meeting) (M)

Steve Plant and Bill Grange lead a walk in the Avenue Washlands near Wingerworth, an immensely rich reserve, with flowery banks, hedgerows and ponds. Meet at 10:30am at Mill Lane (SK393671) Carry Lunch.

Saturday 6th July (outdoor meeting) (E)

Join John Bland to examine the effects of conservation grazing on the wildflower meadows at Sinfin Moor Park. Meet 10:30am carpark on Sinfin Lane (SK347314). Café on site.

Saturday 27th July (outdoor meeting) (M)

Follow the Bailey Brook with Brian Gough to a mosaic of wildlife habitat.  Meet 10:30am on Greenacre Avenue, Heanor off the A608 opposite trentbarton bus garage (SK441470) Carry lunch.

Wed. 7th August (outdoor meeting) (M) and (D – optional)

Steve Plant and Bill Grange are the leaders on a walk around Ashover Rock. Heathland and woodland – and splendid views. Meet 10:30am along lane (SK359637) Carry Lunch

Friday 13th September (indoor meeting)

A Short History of Life on Earth ….. and Beyond? By Dr Ian Billing, Department of Geoscience, Derby University.

Thursday 3rd October (outdoor meeting) (M)

Fungus Foray with Pete Smith 10:30am at Rosliston Forestry Centre (SK242177) and in the afternoon, weather permitting DWT Drakelow Nature Reserve (SK229191). Bring lunch or eat at the café.

Friday 11th October (indoor meeting)

Photographing the Magnificent Creatures that Live in the Oceans Around the World by David Keep LRPS, CPAGB, BPE4* from Chesterfield.

Friday 8th November (indoor meeting)

Weird and Wonderful Reproduction in the Animal Kingdom by Dr Robert Robinson , from the Veterinary School, Nottingham University.

WALKS: Level of difficulty: E = Easy;

M = Moderate   D = Difficult


Friday 10th January (indoor meeting)

The Iceland ‘Ring Road’ in Mid Summer. Bill Grange takes us on a circuit of this extraordinary island seeing spectacular waterfalls, geysers and a wealth of wildflowers and other wildlife.

Friday 14th February (indoor meeting)

Dinosaur on a Lamp Post. Dr Chris Terrell-Nield explores the possibility that a robin is descended from Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Friday 13th March (indoor meeting)

AGM. - Modern Amateur Astronomy. DNHS Member Rod Tippett explains How Observing has changed in the last 30 years due to the Chinese.

Friday 17th April (indoor meeting)

NB 3rd Friday due to Easter

Hazel Dormouse and the Work of  Peoples Trust for Endangered Species by Lorna Griffiths