By Charles Bradley - 21st March 2016 6:00am
The first meeting of 2016 will be held at Tarvin Community Centre on Tuesday March 29th 2016 at 8.00pm.
The evening begins with a VERY brief Society AGM, after which there will be a fascinating illustrated talk:-
'Flora and Fauna of of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands' by Heather Exell.
"Special" birthdays call for special holidays. Thus it was that Heather Exell took husband Stuart for a visit, first to the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin and then to the Galapagos Islands, 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador.
The part of the Amazon basin in Ecuador is commonly referred to as the "Oriente" and the region is exceptionally rich in biodiversity of both flora and fauna. Here, temperatures vary little throughout the year, with the most noticeable variation being between the daytime and night-time temperatures.
Lush vegetation, exotic birds, monkeys, piranhas, caimans and even fresh water dolphins can be seen.
In contrast, Galapagos is a harsh environment, characterised by parched, rocky desert-like terrain: about a quarter of all plant species and nearly all of the reptiles to be found are species that are found nowhere else and have adapted to the harsh environment of the Galapagos Islands. Species that exist here could only arrive through flight or by floating to the islands on large, floating areas of vegetation washed down by South American rivers.
Nowadays Galapagos Sea Lions and Galapagos Fur Seals can be seen, as can Giant Tortoises and Marine and Land Iguanas. Birds include the famous Finches (sometimes called Darwin's finches), the Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Hawk, frigate birds and the well-named boobies."
Membership of the Society costs very little — just £5 per year. Members then pay just £1 each time they attend a meeting. Non-members are always welcome at our meetings and pay £2 each time. A hot drink and biscuit will be served afterwards.
Come along and see what you really can do with your own garden!