ANHS October meeting

The Arran Natural History Society began its winter programme last month and is having its next meeting on 4th October (see below for more details). Here is a wee update from their Facebook page:

It was great to see so many of you in person at our season opener with Professor Charles Sheppard. Thanks again to Charles for providing some real food for thought and urging us to lobby our elected representatives about what’s urgently needed to reverse the damage we’ve done to our oceans.

If you didn’t get the chance to renew your membership on the night – or would like to join as a new member – please email with your home address and a contact telephone number and we’ll send you details of how to send us your membership fee of £15 (£25 for couples) online.

Membership runs from September to August and entitles you to free admission to the in-person meetings and a free copy of the authoritative annual bird report for Arran. You can also join using cash or cheque at any of our in-person meetings.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4, at 7.30pm at Ormidale Pavilion featuring Áine Purcell-Milton, the newly-appointed Executive Director of Coast of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST). Áine will give the talk ‘What’s happening in the South Arran Marine Protected Area?: An update on research and future aspirations for COAST’.

Recently appointed Executive Director of COAST, Áine Purcell-Milton, will tell Arran Natural History Society members what progress is being made with the trust’s marine conservation objectives. Áine, a Dubliner by birth, has been at the helm of COAST since January. With a Masters of Research from St Andrews, she is an advanced scientific diver and water sports enthusiast.

Her career prior to working with COAST has been in coastal community engagement and environmental education with various Irish and UK NGOs. Her talk will look at what impact the NTZ has had on species restoration and fish stocks with colourful footage of the waters around Arran.

Admission is free to ANHS members or by a £3 donation from non-members.

Director of COAST, Aine Purcell-Milton