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Next Events

    Winter Programme 2013/14:

    Rick Parker

    24/04/2014 19:30  (4 days until this event)

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Flickr Gallery

Due to the regrettable demise of our Photo Gallery, I have created a Flickr Galley called "Chorley and District Natural History Society". It can be found here:

The intention is to have a platform to share images of wildlife of the Chorley area. I don't think it is appropriate to post pictures from exotic place on the site. I would hope that members posting on the site would allow our Editor to use the images for newsletters - it would help him greatly. He would ask permission first of course.

I invite all Forum contributors to join the group. To avoid abuse of the site, I will need to approve membership of the group - I will try to do this promptly.

Phil Kirk


Original post available here.

Posted on [Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:43:50] by [phil kirk].


I regret to say that it looks like the recent hacking of the website was done through the Gallery. The software used to create the Gallery is now obsolete and we assume that the code has been tampered with. This leaves no alternative but to delete the Gallery.

I propose that in the near future, we start up a Flickr Gallery for the Society. These galleries are free, easy to use, and present no security risk to users or to the Society website.

I will keep you informed about this.

I apologise to those of you who have been regular contributors to the Gallery. These Hackers are a pain in the ....


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Posted on [Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:53:12] by [phil kirk].

The Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society

I have received this from The Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society:

The Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society is celebrating its centenary. The Society is responsible for publishing the annual Lancashire Bird Report and occasional reports on other faunal groups. In recent years they have also published two county Bird Atlases (one on-line) and the county Avifauna. Please show your support by joining - just 10 pounds a year. For this you will receive a copy of the Bird Report and any other reports issued, plus the satisfaction of supporting a very worthwhile organisation. Please visit their website www.lacfs.org.uk for further information on membership and the society's activities.


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Posted on [Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:28:31] by [phil kirk].

Raptor Protection

I have received this from East Lancs Ornothological:

Many raptors are still being killed on grouse moors. There is currently an e-petition urging the government to licence grouse moors. Please visit and sign at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46473


Original post available here.

Posted on [Sun, 09 Feb 2014 21:27:39] by [phil kirk].

Camera Trap Event at Brockholes

LWT are organising an event at Brockholes for anyone interested in learning about the use of Camera Traps. Follow the link:

Note: For some reason this link may not be working from the "Home" page. Click on "original post" below and the link works correctly from that! Technology!!


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Posted on [Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:54:56] by [phil kirk].

Latest Newsletter

Newsletter 136

  • FLORA REPORT (D Beattie)
  • BIRD REPORT (N Southworth)
  • Latest Annual Report

    2010 Annual Report

  • REVIEW OF THE YEAR (N Southworth)
  • FLORA REPORT (D Beattie)
  • FUNGI REPORT (Joyce Riley)
  • INSECT REPORT (Phil Kirk)
  • RINGING REPORT (Andy Leach)
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