News & Events

Curracag Winter Talks Programme 2020

Each winter Curracag (Outer Hebrides Natural History Society) organises a programme of talks.
These are held on the second Thursday of each month from October to March, at the Dark Island Hotel, Lionacleit, Benbecula, starting at 7.30pm.
Everyone is welcome. Admission £2.00, Curracag members free.

Forthcoming Talks:

Thursday 13 February

Geese, Peat and Malt Whisky,Islay

Martyn Jamieson

This talk will be followed by a short presentation on Bumblebee Identification by Bill Neill


Thursday 12 March 2020

Clean Coast Outer Hebrides

Janet Marshall


Curracag February Talk

New Publications

Hebridean Naturalist

Hebridean Naturalist 19The latest issue of Hebridean Naturalist (journal of Curracag - Outer Hebrides Natural History Society) is now available. It forms part of the Curracag membership subscription and a small number of copies are also available to purchase. For further information on an annual subscription and to how to purchase copies of the Hebridean Naturalist, please visit the Curracag website.

A complete list of the contents of all of the volumes of the Hebridean Naturalist is available on the Outer Hebrides Bibliography website.

Checklist of the Diptera of the Outer Hebrides

This revised and up-dated list is based on the list produced by Peter Skidmore in 2008, supplemented by species listed on the NBN Atlas and records in the scientific literature. The taxonomy has been up-dated so that it is consistent with the latest version of the UK species list (Chandler 2019). The list now includes 841 species (11.7% of the British species) from 64 of the 107 families present in the UK and is accompanied by a bibliography of sources.

The checklist and bibliography are both available to view and download from the species checklist page of the this website

2018 biological recording

Robin Sutton has compiled a beautifully illustrated review and summary of the biological records submitted to OHBR in 2018. The information on the numbers and diversity of animals, plants and fungi recorded throughout the islands are presented in an easily accessible style accompanied by maps and a selection of wonderful photographs. It is a tribute to the continued and unflagging enthusiasm of our local, amateur biological recorders and enriched by a series of observations from members of the local community and visiting naturalists. Whether your interest is in butterflies, frogs, dragonflies or microscopic algae, this report will reveal why the wildlife of our islands is so special.

The 2018 report on biological recording in the Outer Hebrides is now available and can be viewed and downloaded from the publications page of the website. A small number printed copies will be available for purchase. Please contact us if you are interested.