The constitution says that the purpose of the Society is "to enable people to meet together to learn about natural history in general (and that of the locality in particular) in a friendly atmosphere." Originally founded in 1919, the Society was revived in 1951, and has met regularly ever since.
- We aren't a 'learned' society.
- You don't have to be an expert on natural history to join.
- Nor do you have to live in Sutton Coldfield.
In the summer of 2014, the Society merged with the Sutton Coldfield Area Group of the . All Warwickshire Wildlife Trust members are particularly welcome to meetings, whether as visitors or as members.
Visitors are very welcome at any of our events. A small visitor's fee is charged for indoor meetings.
A detailed programme is sent out to members twice a year. It includes:
- Indoor Meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of each month from September to May, excluding January. See Meeting Place for directions.
Meetings consist of a talk on some aspect of natural history by a knowledgeable speaker, either an invited expert or a member. Most talks are illustrated, and sometimes include specimens or recordings. All talks are very much aimed at the amateur naturalist, since even those members of the Society who know quite a lot about one subject may know very little about another.
- Outdoor Meetings are held in most months in spring and autumn.
Meetings usually start at 2 pm for an afternoon ramble or at 11 am for a morning or all-day visit. They generally alternate between the Saturday and the Sunday following the indoor meeting. Distances covered vary, but would rarely exceed 3 miles. Outdoor meetings are often planned to end with afternoon tea. All outdoor meetings are within reasonable car distance of Sutton Coldfield; lifts can be arranged for those without their own transport.
- Other Events
An Annual Dinner is held in the spring.
The Society's Officers and the Committee are elected at the Annual General Meeting, held before the talk in the September.
Location of Meetings
Indoor meetings will be held in one of the halls, Holy Trinity RC Church, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield. See Meeting Place for more details and directions, including a map.
Twice a year, members receive a programme of forthcoming events and a copy of a newsletter called "Four Seasons", which reports on Society activities and contains other items about natural history.
The Society is also responsible for publishing a series of booklets on .
The best thing to do is to come along to a meeting and see if you like it – we only charge visitors a small fee. Then if you want to join, ask for an application form.
Currently membership is £7.50 for an individual, £10 for a household, with a special rate of £3 for students.
If you'd like to be added to our circulation list and so receive the next copy of "Four Seasons" and the programme, please tell me your e-mail or postal address – contact details below.
As noted in the Introduction above, the Society was originally founded in 1919. It ceased to operate in the late 1930s, and was then refounded in 1951 by one of the former members, G Mantle Childe. For those interested, a brief history of the society is available in PDF format.
|Address:||Dr Peter Coxhead (Secretary)|
Sutton Coldfield Natural History Society
71 Russell Bank Road
|Telephone:||0121 353 5044|
Peter Coxhead (the Secretary) is available to give talks; fees go to the Society. See the list of talks available.