December Ramble - Desert Camping Trip
The 4th QNHG ramble of the season is on Friday, December 8-9th, 2017
QNHG members are invited to enjoy the day in the desert and and camp overnight in the starry and tranquil desert. Anthony Smith is an experienced camper in Qatar, Tony has lived here for many years and goes camping most weekends, in fact I believe he goes every weekend.
November Ramble: “125,000 years of Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea) through the looking glass of geology and ecology”
The 3rd QNHG ramble of the season is on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 -
The trip will include several stops:
- A dune overlook of the inland sea to orient the trip discuss the large-scale natural processes that form this stark landscape.
- A stop at the Inland Sea shoreline to discover the secrets of microbial marine mats.
- A lunch stop near the Inland Sea Delta. Wading is encouraged.
- A visit to sand mounds that host a 6000 year old mollusk deposit.
- A stop at a 125,000 year old outcrop of Pleistocene rock to get sense for the environments here at that time.
- A stop and short walk to a “salt flat” where gypsum and halite crystals can be found at surface. This stop is optional, and also dependent on recent weather (if it rains prior to our arrival- the salt will not be there).
October Ramble #2: Msheireb Museums Tour
The 2sd QNHG Ramble of the season is on Saturday, October 28th, 2017
We will have a short introduction to the complex and then our guide will accompany us through the museums.
GOOD NEWS! We have a QNHG Qatari member who is a volunteer guide for Msherieb who has offered to guide us for this ramble. They do not do tours on weekends due to limited staff working. There is a lot of information available throughout the tour and you can spend as little or as much time as you have available to see this fascinating look into Qatar’s varied history.
October Ramble #1: Bird watching along Qatar’s North Coast
The 1st QNHG Ramble of the season is on Friday, October 20th, 2017 -
This Autumn bird migration is underway. Some migrants will be attracted to the garden at Al Shamal, whilst others will be found along the coastal strip. We will take a leisurely drive and stroll around the park, harbour and coastal area, similar to those trips in previous years with myself, and before that, Neil Morris.
There are filling stations en route. The park has toilets. We can stop for snacks at a local supermarket (if open), after visiting the park. We will aim to finish at a pleasant covered location for a late lunch stop.
There are field trips or rambles at least twice a month on Friday or Saturday morning during the season (from mid-October to late April) to places of interest around Qatar. The trips are usually led by people who have some knowledge of a particular region or subject, e.g. amateur or professional geologists, botanists, archaeologists and so on. These activities vary from a couple of hours walk to a full day excursion. There are also camping trips and star-gazing expeditions from time to time. Children are welcome on the trips provided they are kept under parental control at all times.
On the calendar