2013 - 2014 Trips

 

Field Trips and Rambles 2013 - 2014 Season:


Field Trip and Ramble: Birds and Birdwatching Field Trip - Second Trip on 29th March 2014


Date : Saturday 29th March 2014

 

Gathering time and place: Meet at 06:00am - Meeting details from Neil Morris.

Duration: Start at 06:00am, finishing at circa 14:00pm depending on weather and group wishes. 

Trip Leaders: Neil Morris

Trip Coordinator: Helen Ross (QNHG)

Summary: Visiting Abu Nahkla Lagoons and Irkaya Farm, looking for herons, ducks, birds of prey and spring migrants.

What to bring:  Plentiful supplies of drink and food, sunglasses and sun hats, and binoculars (and telescopes) if you have them. We will be walking on firm stoney/gravelly and sandy tracks and perhaps some short grass, so light everyday footwear will be fine.  Bring your membership cards.

Logistics: We will travel in convoy to each of the locations. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended, though is not a necessity. A small amount of off-road driving will be required on firm, rough and dusty tracks, but we will not be travelling over any wet mud or sand. Where possible, we will accommodate those in smaller cars into the bigger 4x4s for comfort.

How to register:  This trip will be limited to the first 20 QNHG members who email their interest to Neil Morris, tarsiger@ntlworld.com.
Note: Please let Neil know if you have any questions. 




Field Trip and Ramble: QNHG Field Trip Saturday 8 March


Date : Saturday 8 March 2014

 

Trip Leaders: David and Fran Gillespie (QNHG)

Summary: There will be a field trip on Saturday 8 March to visit the extensive farmlands near Al Khor owned by the Al Rabban family, followed by a tour of the Rayyan Mineral Water factory next to the farm. Farm crops include 5000 date palms and fields of tomatoes, aubergines, zucchini etc,  and there are many wild plants and birds. The factory has just installed new machinery and is well worth seeing.

How to register:  Numbers are limited to 20 adults only, no children. Meeting at 8.30 am at a rendezvous point off the Shamal Road. Full details will be sent by the trip leaders, David and Fran Gillespie, to the email addresses of those who sign up at the March meeting, or contact Fran direct on frandavid@designcoqatar.comBring your membership cards.




Field Trip and Ramble: Birds and Birdwatching Field Trip - First Trip on 6 March 2014


Date : Thursday 6 March 2014

 

Gathering time and place: Meet at 06:00am - Meeting details from Neil Morris.

Duration: Start at 06:00am, finishing at circa 14:00pm depending on weather and group wishes. 

Trip Leaders: Neil Morris

Trip Coordinator: Helen Ross (QNHG)

Summary: Visiting Abu Nahkla Lagoons and Irkaya Farm, looking for herons, ducks, birds of prey and spring migrants.

What to bring:  Plentiful supplies of drink and food, sunglasses and sun hats, and binoculars (and telescopes) if you have them. We will be walking on firm stoney/gravelly and sandy tracks and perhaps some short grass, so light everyday footwear will be fine.  Bring your membership cards.

Logistics: We will travel in convoy to each of the locations. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended, though is not a necessity. A small amount of off-road driving will be required on firm, rough and dusty tracks, but we will not be travelling over any wet mud or sand. Where possible, we will accommodate those in smaller cars into the bigger 4x4s for comfort.

How to register:  This trip will be limited to the first 20 QNHG members who email their interest to Neil Morris, tarsiger@ntlworld.com.
Note: Please let Neil know if you have any questions. A second trip is planned, subject to demand, for later in the month for those who cannot make 6th March or who are not among the first 20 to book. We will keep a waiting list for this second trip, date to be announced soon.



Field Trip and Ramble: Qatar Miocene Geology and Fossils Field Trip


Date : Friday 7 February 2014

 

Gathering time and place: Meeting time will be 10am.  Meeting place to be advised to participants with a detailed map. The drive to the meeting place is around 45 minutes from Doha.

Duration: Approximately from 10 am to 2:30pm. 

Trip Leaders: Jacques LeBlanc (Qatar Petroleum),  Dr. Jeremy Jameson (ExxonMobil Research Qatar) andRob Ross (Qatar Petroleum Research and QNHG)

Trip Coordinator: Helen Ross (QNHG)

Summary: Following on from Jacques LeBlanc’s 5th February speaker talk on the surface geology and paleontology of Qatar, this field trip will take us to southwest Qatar and show us some of the Miocene features and fossils of the Dam Formation (18,000,000 to 22,000,000 years old).  Giant gypsum crystals (as long as 1 meter), stromatolite mounds, lithified aeolian dunes and outcrops displaying fossilized dugong bones and echinoderms (sea urchins) will be visited.  Lunch will take place on the highest point of our itinerary (about 90 meters above sea level) where river pebbles of the Pliocene Hofuf Formation are observed. You will learn how these originated from the Precambrian shield located in Western Saudi Arabia and have traveled as much as 1,000 km  before reaching this point.


What to bring: Bring plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, lunch and walking shoes. It may be cool so bring something warm to wear.  Bring your membership cards.
Logistics: 4WD is essential.
How to register: Come to the QNHG meeting on 5 February 2014 and sign up at the Rambles and Field Trip table.  For more information, send an email to Helen Ross at rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org
   




Field Trip and Ramble: Northern Forts Field Trip


Date : Friday 24 January 2014

 

Gathering time and place: To be advised separately.

Note: The “Northern Forts” field trip and ramble has had to be postponed until Friday 24th January 2014 due to re-opening of one of the forts in mid-December.

Please note that there will be trips and events organised before 24th January 2014.  Paid up QNHG members will be advised of these events and trips separately.

 

 


 
 
 

Field Trip and Ramble Date : Friday 8 November  2013

 

Gathering time and place: We shall assemble in Al Ruwais at the end of the North Road before11:15am.  A detailed map and schedule will follow once you have registered - either at the QNHG talk on 6th November or by sending an email to the link below.

Duration: Approximately from 11:15am to 3:30pm. The drive up is 1 hour 15 minutes from Doha.

Trip Leaders: Dr. Renee Richer (Weill Cornell Medical College) and Dr. Sabina Knees (Centre for Middle Eastern Plants / Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) and Dr. Jeremy Jameson

Trip Coordinator: Helen Ross (QNHG)

Summary: This trip to Umm Tays will specialize in coastal plants, including parasites and salt excreters and the discussion will focus on the adaptations to life in a hyper saline environment.  From mid-day as we approach low tide, we will walk through the intertidal region observing mangroves and a variety of coastal succulents as well as observe the numerous animals species present in this habitat.

Umm Tays Preserve is located on the northern tip of the Qatar Peninsula and is accessed by a short drive (around 5 km) east off the main North Road from the town of Medinat Al Shamal. The Preserve is distinguished by a narrow barrier island formed parallel to the main shoreline that extends for 5 km, approximately one km away from the shoreline. The barrier island protects a two-sided tidal inlet system, which boasts many interesting plant and animal communities and is responsible for generating a variety of sedimentation types.

Time permitting and for those who wish, we may visit the abandoned village of Al Mufjar and look at some petroglyphs (rock-carvings).

What to bring: Bring plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, lunch, towels, shorts and proper water shoes.  We will get wet, possibly knee high - there is no avoiding it.  If you do bring any cameras or electronic equipment please ensure you have a waterproof bag in case it gets wet or you fall. Backpacks work well for traversing across to the island.

 

Logistics : 4WD is preferable but not essential.

Current QNHG members - Please bring your membership cards.

Non 2013/2014 QNHG members - Please bring QR50 (100QR for family) for membership.

How to register: Send an email to rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org  Please reply stating your name, your email address, contact mobile and number of occupants to accompany you. You will receive a reply with a map to our meeting location.


To attend to any Field Trip, you need to be a member of Qatar Natural History Group. See here details
For questions about the Rambles, email the Rambles Team Coordinator: rambles-coordinator@qnhg.org