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This Year's Outings and Lectures


2019 Programme

Mon, 4th Feb             Indoor meeting. Lounge, Elgin Town Hall, 7.30pm.

Presentation by Mike Crutch (A9 Birds): On Hieland Wings- birding in Moray and Strathspey

Tues, 5th Mar            Indoor meeting. Lounge, Elgin Town Hall, 7.30pm.

Presentation by Howie Firth: Standing Stones and Stone Circles

Sat, 27th Apr             Walk: Ardersier to Fort George: birds, dolphins and guided tour of Fort George. Level path. 2 miles. Bus leaves at 10am

Sat, 11th May            Walk: Dufftown to Craigellachie, about 4.5 miles, following  the River Fiddich. Cars  meet at car park at Bridge of Fiddich in  Craigellachie at 10.30am

Wed,19th June           Midsummer evening walk: Burgie Arboretum. Meet at Arboretum car park at 7.00pm

Sat, 27th July              Walk: Cioch Mhor (1,581ft) near Dingwall, notable for a wide range of flowering plants. Approx 5miles. Strenuous in

places with stepping stones across a burn at start. This was one of the writer Neil Gunn's favourite walks. There is a wide variety of plants and mosses and panoramic views of the surrounding area including Ben Wyvis. The access to this walk is not suitable for a coach, so if you would like to take part please contact Norman (01309 676884) to arrange car transport and for further information.Phone Norman Thomson on 01309 676884 to arrange car transport.

Sun 11th Aug             Outing: Our annual summer outing will now take place on Sunday 11th August. We have brought the date forward by a week to coincide with the important archaeological dig which will be taking place in Rhynie at this time, directed by Dr Gordon Noble from Aberdeen University. The bus will leave from Lossie Green at 9.30am arriving in Rhynie shortly after 11am. We will be given a tour of the archaeological site, which is believed to be a significant Pictish settlement - eight Pictish stones have been found at Rhynie, including the "Rhynie Man" a 6ft tall boulder carved with a bearded man carrying an axe, which is now on display at Woodhill House in Aberdeen. We will have a picnic lunch in Rhynie (there are public toilets in the square) before going on to Leith Hall. At 2pm the head gardener will give us a guided tour of the gardens; there are also a variety of walks around the estate. At 4pm the National Trust tea room will re-open for us and serve a light tea based on fresh garden produce. We expect to return to Elgin by 6.30pm. The cost of this trip will be £20 inclusive of bus, tea and guided tour of the gardens. I am now taking names for this trip, so if you would like to join us please let me know by Friday, August 2nd at the latest. You can contact me by email (morayfieldclub@gmail.com), phone 01343 549769 or text 07840 285 438.  PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM THE ORIGINAL.

Fri 06th Sept   Moray College

Delighted to announce our club will be hosting an evening with Eva Gunnare, from Swedish Lapland. She is an expert on wild plants and foraging and lives in Jokkmokk just north of the Arctic Circle, and is coming to Scotland on a tour of five regions. She be visiting Fife, Forth Valley, Lomond, Lanarkshire, Moray and Orkney, giving a talk in each area along with tastings of Arctic produce from berries and herbs.
There will also be a short presentation of Moray Field Club to raise awareness of our activities
Kerstin Keller will be providing an exhibit of fungi and speciality books on sale courtesy of Yeadons Bookshop.
The event will be free except for a small £2 donation towards refreshments.
It is part of Foraging Fortnight, funded by Moray Leader.

Sat, 21st Sept            Trees and fungi walk. Ardross Castle, led by John Miller and Kerstin Keillar.
Spectacular venue for our annual fungi and tree field trip.
Short walk on level paths. Bus leaves Lossie Green Car Park at 10am. Be sure to book early for this popular event. Bus fare will be held at £10. Great chance to dig out the picnic hampers or at least a sandwich bag and join us.

Wed, 2nd Oct:      Talk entitled Field Studies North of the Arctic Circle in the Falconer Museum, hosted by the Friends of the Falconer Museum and Moray Field Club, at which there will be an opportunity to see the Keith herbarium, in the Falconer's Natural History Collection. Time to be confirmed

Sat, 12th Oct              Walk: from Hopeman to Burghead , 2.5 miles along cycle path,                                  followed by a guided tour of Burghead. Cars meet at Hopeman car park at 10.30am

Mon 4th Nov              AGM, Lounge, Elgin Town Hall, 7pm. Guest speaker tbc.

Bus leaves from Lossie Green car park, Elgin.

Bus bookings should be made to morayfieldclub@gmail.com), or by phone to 01343 549769, by 6pm on the preceding Monday at the latest.

Indoor meetings: £2.00 admission including refreshments.

Although the MFC takes every precaution for the safety, safe passage and well-being of its members on Field Trips, no responsibility will be accepted for any personal injuries sustained for any damage whatsoever caused by a Club member whilst pursuing Club activities.


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