Natural history group zooms in on new way of meeting

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Lorn Natural History Group is on the look out for new commitee members.

The group has also now replaced all talks and field trips with a series of informal Zoom workshops for paid up members.

LNHG has opened a paid Zoom account that allows it to host online meetings with no time limits, members attending only need a free Zoom account to join in, says the group’s chairman Carl Farmer.

The first workshop are likely to be on waxcaps and other fungi of unimproved grasslands. Dates and times are still to be fixed.

‘During the workshop we could look at actual fungal specimens, collected by attenders and or by the workshop host.  We could also discuss members’ photographs. It will be very experimental as we’ve never tried anything like this before!’ said Mr Farmer.

To help make future plans, members are now being asked to fill out a short questionnaire on the group’s Facebook page.

LNHG is also holding its committee meetings on Zoom.

‘LNHG members may have been put off joining the committee due to the difficulty of travelling to meetings.  With Zoom meetings this is no longer a problem.  Even if we do hold a physical meeting, there will be a facility for committee members who cannot attend physically to attend via Zoom.

‘With this in mind, if any members would be interested in serving on the committee, please let us know.  Committee meetings take place four times a year,’ added Mr Farmer.