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!

Friday 13th April (indoor meeting)

Adventures with Bats an insight into the biology of bats of the Derbyshire area with Bob Croxton.



Saturday 28th April (outdoor meeting) (M)

Join Alec Rapkin for a walk round Slaley Fields in a different season for cowslips, early purple orchid.  Meet at 10:30am Leys Lane, Bonsall, by the footpath (SK262575).  Afternoon at Hopton Quarry for spring gentians (SK261562) Bring lunch.

Wednesday 9th May (outdoor meeting) (M)

Stroll along the RiverTrent Wildlife Corridor with Steve Ford visiting Clifton Grove and Clifton Woods LNRs, near Nottingham.  Meet at 10:30am at Clifton Grove CP (free), off Holgate, Clifton (SK541349).  Mostly flat ground.  Bring lunch or buy pub lunch.

Saturday 19th May (outdoor meeting) (E)

Join Steve Plant and Bill Grange for a leisurely walk through the Hilton Gravel Pits NR, to enjoy a variety of habitats from woodland to open water. Meet 10:30am (SK253313) Carry lunch.

Wednesday 30th May (outdoor meeting) (E)

John Bland leads us on a walk in Millennium Wood. Meet at 10:30am Bring lunch.

Wednesday 13th June (outdoor meeting) (E)

Meet at 7:00pm Straw's Bridge CP (SK452413) for an evening botanical ramble around Pewit Carr. Leaders: Brian Gough & Alan Willmot.

Wednesday 20th June (outdoor meeting) (E)

Bill Grange and Steve Plant will lead a walk through Big Wood, Allestree Park, ending at the ‘unimproved’ meadow of Woodlands Field, looking at recent conservation projects. Meet 2:00p.m. CP (SK340403).

Saturday 30th June (outdoor meeting (D)

Join Brian Gough at Cross Green for a walk through Wensley to a mosaic of habitats.  Meet 10:30am (SK268615) road parking outside school. Carry lunch. Walk involves inclines before flat ground.

Saturday 14th July (outdoor meeting) (M)

Join David Gibbons at Hoe Grange quarry butterfly reserve (SK223562) for morning walk.  Go through Brassington and across Longcliffe crossroads.  After 300 yards turn left on track and park just before the gate.  Meet 10:30am, no facilities.

Wednesday 18th July (outdoor meeting) (E)

Meet 7:00pm at Mapperley Reservoir CP Parking Charge (SK434436) for plants & birds of the area. Leaders: BrianGough & Alan Willmot.

Saturday 4th August (outdoor meeting) (E)

Sinfin Moor Wetlands visit this new site with John Bland meet at 10:30am for a short morning walk.


Wednesday 15th August (outdoor meeting) (M)

Join Steve Plant and Bill Grange for a walk to the mysterious and little-visited wood of Breward’s Carr. May be muddy in places. Meet 2:00p.m. CP of the recently refurbished Cock Inn at Mugginton (permission granted) (SK286439).

Wednesday 29th August (outdoor meeting) (D)

Stanton Moor heather walk with Brian Hobby.  Meet 10:30am Bring lunch.  Drive through Birchover village turn left onto Birchover Road to CP (SK241624) No facilities.

Saturday 8th September (outdoor meeting) (M)

Walk in Allestree Park looking at HLS fields with emphasis on insects, and hunt for grasshoppers and bush crickets with bat detector with Felicity Jackson.  Meet Woodlands Rd CP (SK340404) at 2:00pm.

Saturday 20th October (outdoor meeting) (D)

Fungus Foray with Pete Smith near Derwent dam looking at fungi of coniferous woods.  Meet 10:30am in CP at Fairholmes Ranger Centre (SK172893) Parking Charge.  Bring lunch.      

(E) easy walk less than 2 miles

(M) moderate walk some inclines less than 3 miles

(D) difficult terrain some rough ground more than 3 miles

(H) harder walking sometimes rough with inclines up to 5 miles