Welcome to the Arran Natural History Society
We are a small group of people, mostly living on Arran who are interested in the Natural History of the island.
The Isle of Arran is home to over 900 species of flowering plant, 45 ferns, 21 species of butterfly have been recorded and over 250 species of bird. From the sea to the beaches, through woods, moors and up to the mountains, Arran’s 167miles ² offers plenty of opportunities to watch wildlife.
We meet between September and April, at 8pm, usually on the first Thursday of the month at the Rangers Centre, Brodick Country Park when we have a variety of speakers.
Each year we publish the Arran Bird Report, and have other publications that can be purchased on line.
Membership can also be renewed or bought on line.
Photographic Competition 2016
Photography competition for young people
In memory of Audrey Walters who was passionate about Arran's natural history. The competition aim is to promote the interest young people have in their local environment and wildlife.
There are two age categories (at closing date of competition) Under 18 years and Under 12 years.
Entrants can submit up to 3 images of any Arran flora or fauna, taken on the island between 1st December 2015 - 30th November 2016.
Image must be of flora (plants) or fauna (wildlife).
Image must be taken on the Isle of Arran within the dates specified.
Wildlife must not be disturbed, injured or distressed.
No nesting birds, birds nests or eggs.
No captive, domesticated, farm animals or birds.
Flora must not be damaged or picked.
No cultivated plants or flowers are permitted.
Photographs must be entrants own work.
Maximum of 3 images per entrant.
Digital images only.
ANHS reserves the right to use any images on their website, for social media and in publications.
It is advised that you read the following photography wildlife code.
Editing and Submission
Minimal editing is allowed (exposure, contrast, sharpness)
No HDR or stacking
Images to be submitted as .jpeg files labelled with the entrants name and images number if more than one submitted :-
e.g. yourname1.jpeg, yourname2.jpeg
One image per email.
Email must include:
Under 12 or Under 18 in the subject bar
Date of birth
Brief description of each images (max 10 words per image)
Location taken (specific area on the island)
30th November 2016
A small panel from ANHS will judge the images and select the winners / runners up.
No correspondence will be entered into.
Efforts to influence the judging will disqualify any image.
The judges decision is final.
1st prize both age groups - £50 + mounted print of image
2nd prize both age groups - £25 + mounted print of image
Highly commended both age groups - mounted print
One photo of a bird or bird related subject, will also be selected to appear in the ANHS annual bird report and the entrant will receive a copy of the bird report.
Results will be published by 31st January 2017 or sooner.