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Is today the first day of spring?
A talk by Tim Sparks
The UK Met Office attribute spring to be the period from March 1st to May 31st. Dividing the year into four seasons, each of three months, is a convenient thing to do, but may not bear much reality to the varied climates of the British Isles, which spans more than a thousand kilometres of latitude. Most of us would rather associate the seasons with the state of the natural environment and the study of the timing of natural events is called phenology.

In this talk Tim will discuss the fascinating topic of phenology and how it is changing, using examples from Guernsey and further afield.

7.30pm Thursday 1 March 2018 at Frossard Theatre, Candie Museum.

Free for all students & La Société Guernesiaise members. £5 contribution requested from non-members (payable on door).

Griff Caldwell Bursary
La Société Guernesiaise has established a bursary in memory of Frank Griffiths Caldwell, who was known to all as Griff. Griff Caldwell was born in Guernsey in 1921. After an army career in which he reached the rank of Major-General he retired to Guernsey. He was involved in the running of La Société Guernesiaise and served as president of the society for three years.

He helped the society to acquire several nature reserves, settingup La Claire Mare NR, and initiated various projects to enhance nature conservation in the island. He died in 2014. The bursary is a single payment of £1,000 for a student from the Bailiwick of Guernsey taking a higher education course.

The bursary is intended to support a student who is studying a subject related to Griff Caldwell’s interest in fauna, flora and the natural environment, and their conservation.


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Latest Communiqué published
Communique - Newsletter of La Societe GuernesiaiseThe latest edition of Communiqué, La Société Guernesiaise's newsletter has been published and sent to all members. To download a copy click here

2015 Transactions published
Communique - Newsletter of La Societe GuernesiaiseThe 2015 edition of the Transactions has been published and local members can collect their copy from Candie. Overseas members will have theirs posted to them. A pdf is also available for download from the website - please email to obtain the password. To download a copy click here

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Forthcoming Events

Upcoming Events...

Thursday 1st March 19:30
Talk by Tim Sparkes entitled "Is Today the First Day of Spring"

Saturday 3rd March 11:00 - 12:30
Beach Clean Series 2018: Portelet

Saturday 3rd March 14:00
Botany Walk

Sunday 4th March 13:00 - 15:30
Ormer Survey

Saturday 10th March 19:30
Historic Buildings - a talk by Tanya Walls entitled "Clearing the Land - a Neolithic and Bronze Age lLandscape"

For full details of these and the many other events please click here

Guernsey photo archive

We are in the process of scanning several hundred old glass slides - have a look and see if you recognise any places of faces. We would be pleased to here from you if you have information on any of the images. Copy prints may be obtained from all images - please email us with your questions and requirements for a quotation. To open the photo archive click here



La Société Guernesiaise was founded in 1882 to encourage the study of the history, natural history, geography and geology of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the conservation of the Bailiwick’s natural environment and the preservation of its historic buildings and monuments. 125 years later, this is as much true as it was then and the Société is the second largest landowner after the States of Guernsey and is very active in promoting, conserving and studying all aspects of island life.

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