Ramble & Trip Fields 2016 - 2017

April Ramble

Field Trip and Ramble: Qatar Miocene Geology and Fossils Field Trip
Date: Friday, April 7, 2017

How to register: Come to the QNHG meeting on April 5 and sign up at the Rambles table beginning at 6:30.  Any spots not filled at the meeting will be opened up to our membership via an email blast. We are asking that ALL vehicles with space be available for ride sharing since this is a limited vehicle ramble. We will try and find rides for as many members as possible whether you have a vehicle or not. For more information, send an email to Sheri Kenly at earthiker@hotmail.com.
Gathering time and place:
Start gathering at the first meeting place at 9:15 and leave at 9:30
Meeting Place: Hyatt Plaza (on Al-Waab) in Doha (as per map)  - 25°15'20.29"N, 51°26'16.64"E
Duration: Approximately from 9:15 am to 3:00pm. 
Trip Leader: Jacques LeBlanc, Mobile: 6664 7884 (Qatar Petroleum)
Trip Coordinator: Sheri Kenly, Mobile: 6656 0604 (QNHG Rambles Coord)
Summary: This field trip will take us to southwest Qatar and show us some of the features and fossils of the Miocene 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 (5 to 7,000,000 years) 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. 


March Ramble

Field Trip and Ramble: North coast to view spring bird migration, Al Shamal Park and the north coast
Date and Time: March Friday 10th 2017  at 6:30am
Gathering place: Landmark Mall (in front of Carrefour) at 06:30 for 06:40 departure
Duration: Return by 2:00pm

Trip Leader: Richard Angwin QNHG member and birding enthusiast (but no expert!)
Trip Coordinator: Richard Angwin, QNHG
How to registrar:
for QNHG members only and registration not required. No limit on numbers. Just arrive at Landmark on time and bring you membership card
For questions please contact the QNHG Rambles Coordinator: write to Richard Angwin or text him at: 55250854.
What to bring?
Water, snacks, camera and binoculars. Footwear suitable for damp grass, sand and some rocky terrain.
Additional Information:
Spring 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 Neil Morris.
The park has toilets. We can stop for snacks at a local supermarket, after visiting the park.



Field Trip and Ramble: Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) & QF Plant Nursery Tour & Visit
Date & Time: Saturday,   March 4th - 9 to 10:30 am : Members Only - Bring your membership card.

Trip Leaders: - Ahmed El-Gharib - Assistant researcher, QBG
                        - Mohamed Hassona -Horticulturist, QBG  

Trip Coordinator: Sheri Kenly, QNHG 
For questions please contact the QNHG Rambles Coordinator: Sheri Kenly at earthiker@hotmail.com or text her at: 6656 0604.  

Registration required
Sign up the meeting on March 1 OR if you are unable to attend the meeting send an email to Sheri Kenly. Please include your membership number and how many are in your party. Non-Members are able to pay their annual membership dues at the meeting or the ramble.
Join QNHG on our private tour for MEMBERS ONLY of this unique garden and nursery.
Our visit will include the following:
  • Visit to the QBG Lab, Herbarium & Seed Bank to experiment seed measurement methods.
  • Visit to the QBG Shaded Areas to have a workshop on propagation methods.
QBG plants are QF properties and no purchases are allowed.
What to Bring? 
It’s advised to bring your umbrellas (if raining, or for sun) as well as your snacks. QBG will kindly offer water to attendees. Consider wearing comfortable walking/standing shoes, also.


February Ramble

Field Trip and RambleBeach walk and search for Dugong bones/tusks
Date: Friday 10 February 2017 - Members Only - Bring your membership card.


This field trip will take us the north of Qatar and we will have the opportunity to go on beaches that are normally closed to the public. Here we will search for bones and tusks of the Dugongs.

Gathering Time and Place: Since we are going up north to Al Zubara area, members might like to enjoy the second half of the day on their own and hence will need their own vehicle. Anyone wanting to stay up north need not meet at MEETING PLACE 1, but can plan on meeting us at MEETING PLACE 2.
Anyone needing a ride needs to meet at MEETING PLACE 1. These members MUST EMAIL the Rambles Coordinator, Sheri Kenly, by Wednesday evening to enable her to make sure there are spaces in vehicles. earthiker@hotmail.com or TEXT 6656 0604 (do not call) with your name and space needs.
MEETING PLACE 1: Landmark Mall at the Mark’s and Spencer’s parking lot, north end at 7:50 and leaving at 8:00 a.m.
MEETING PLACE 2: Al Zubara Fort parking lot at 9:00 am.
Driving instructions are simple, but it’s always best to look at google maps online to see your route. Take Al Shamal (The North Road) north out of Doha 57 km. (this is from Landmark) and take the exit clearly marked Zubara Fort (and other locales) and turn left. From here drive approx. 35 km) Expect it to take an hour from most Doha locations.
Duration: Approximately from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

Trip Leader: Dr. Chris Warren
Trip Coordinators: Sheri Kenly, Mobile: 6656 0604 (QNHG Rambles Coord) 

What to bring: Bring plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, lunch and snacks, camping chairs, a towel, and sturdy walking shoes. Watch the weather forecast and be prepared for warm and/or cool weather and wind. It’s a good idea to bring plastic bags for trash that you find or for your sandy shoes, etc. Carry toilet paper and an extra plastic baggy for used toilet paper. You may want a dry pair of shoes for after the walk as your shoes may be wet and/or be sandy. 

January Ramble

Field Trip and RambleVisit to Al Shaqab Arabian Breeding & Show stables.
Date: Thursday 12th of January  2017

Gathering Time and Place: 15:30  VIP Entrance, Ground Floor, Al Shaqab Main Arena Building, Map .
Meeting place is the Shaqab main car park, accessed from Gate 7 or Gate 8 on Al Shaqab St..
Duration: 90 minutes

Trip Coordinators: QNHG 

How to register:
 Please register at the talk on the 11th of January. Don't forget to  include your QNHG membership number, 
Additional Information: Cost of QR100 per person (children under 13 free).  QNHG should please collect payments on Wednesday 11/Jan.



December Ramble

Field Trip and RambleAl Jumail Fisherman’s village and mangrove forest. A combined ecological and archaeological exploration.
Date: 9th of December 2016

Gathering Time and Place: 10 am at IKEA car park- map.   Final destination Al Jumail village 
Duration: We aim to reach the village by 11:45am and depart after sunset. Dr. Carter will lead us through the ruins for an hour, followed by an exploration of the mangrove forests and the organisms that inhabit them led by Dr. Chatziefthimiou. We have many fun activities for kids so their participation in this ramble is highly encouraged.
Trip Leaders: 
  • Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou, Ecologist
  • Dr. Robert Carter, Archaeologist
Trip Coordinators: Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou  55165426- QNHG 

How to register:
 Please register at the talk on the 7th of December. Don't forget to  include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. or call/sms QNHG trip coordinators if you have any queries.  Sheri 6656 0604 or Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou
What to Bring?  4WD cars are not needed for this trip. Please bring with you a snack, plenty of water, a hat, and sun-screen. Wet shoes are recommended as is a change of clothes. We will do some bird watching so binoculars are welcome, as well as magnifying glasses so that we may observe the tiny marine organisms of the mangroves.


Trip Leaders Bio: Dr. Chatziefthimiou is an ecologist and her work centers in extreme environments. Currently she is a Visiting Research Scientist at Weill Cornell Medicine and Exxon Mobil Research. Dr. Chatziefthimiou is very active in the field of urban ecology in the built environment as a Scientific Advisor at QGBC and a Principal Investigator for MetaSUB. Dr. Chatziefthimiou is a passionate educator and through the ecological consultancy Richer Environments, she organizes eco-tours for schools, conference delegations, and for corporate social responsibility and team-bonding programs.
Dr. Robert Carter is Professor of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology at UCL Qatar, where he coordinates and teaches the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World. MA. His main research concerns the origins of the Gulf towns, and his chief research project is the Origins of Doha and Qatar. Since 1993 he has conducted fieldwork, artefact studies and consultancy in many parts of the Gulf, including Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Iraq and Iran.



November Ramble

Event TitleAn Exploration of the Barchan Sand Dunes
Organization Name: Richer Environments and Qatar Natural History Group

Contact: Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou / David Yates
 5516 5426 / 66527675
 a.chatziefthimiou@richerenvironments.com / domper62@gmail.com

City:  Doha
Location: Meeting point: Radisson Blu Hotel Parking Lot / Final destination: Al Kharrara

Location map: Click for map

Event Date & Time: November 18, 2016    9am

Event Type: Public


Richer Environments and the Qatar Natural History Group, are joining forces to organize and lead an Eco-tour to the Barchan Sand Dunes of Al Kharrara. During the eco-tour, we will explore this unique and majestic desert ecosystem. Dr. Chatziefthimiou and Ms. Abdul Majid, will share their knowledge on the formation of Sand Dunes, the myriad of species that inhabit them, and the efforts they are leading to conserve the Sand Dune ecosystem. Please join us in making the dunes sing, observe skink lizards dive in the sand and enjoy a snack in the company of camels in the nearby farm.

What to bring with you: a hat, a snack, water, and sun-screen



Date: 4th November 2016

Gathering Time and place: Arrive by 2:45 pm for a 3:00 pm departure In front of the Education City Club house just across 
from the EC Housing.  

Duration: Approx 4 – 5 hours depending on the group

Trip Leaders: Hani Dalee, (November’s QNHG Speaker), with Olympiad students assisting

Trip Coordinators: Sheri Kenly: 6656 0604, Nadeera Rangika: 6686 0447, and Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou - QNHG




How to register: Please register at the talk on the 2sd of November. Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. or call/sms  QNHG trip coordinators  if you have any queries.  Sheri 6656 0604 or Nadeera 6686 0447
Summary:  After enjoying the sunset and snacks, Mr. Dalee will have two telescopes and will give members a basic lesson in astronomy of the Qatari sky. 


What to bring? Vehicles: 4x4 drive NOT required, but always optimal. This part of Qatar has little light pollution, so we will need to travel only 2-3 km away from the tarmac road.

Other items:
Chairs/Small table for your tea
Your own binoculars or telescopes
Toilet paper/Rubbish bags


Logistics: We meet 
In front of the Education City Club house just across from the EC Housing. From here we will access the road towards Dukhan on which there are many sections under construction. There are NO exits required until the one below. Do not expect to be able to easily follow in a caravan. This is why we have a re-group point. 

2. Re –group: Zekreet where the asphalt road ends. 




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

October Ramble

Field Trip and RambleFuwairit Archeology Field Trip and

7th October 2016
Gathering Time and place: 
09:00  Fuwairit Beach
Duration: 2- 4 hours depending on group
Trip Leaders: 
Robert Carter, Prof. of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology, UCLQatar
Trip Coordinator: Sally Campalani, QNHG


How to register: Please register by emailing me or you can register as usual at the talk. Please include your QNHG membership number, how many in your party and a contact number. I will always acknowledge every email so contact me again if I do not reply. As always, please call or text me if you have any queries. 66791146.


Summary:  Professor Carter will take us on a walk around the archaeological site of Fuwairit to  look for evidence of its town wall, mosques, domestic buildings and sheikhly residence.

Better known as a picturesque beach and turtle sanctuary, Fuwairit hosts an extensive archaeological site, which was formerly a coastal pearl-fishing town.  Along with Huwaila, Zubara and Doha, Fuwairit can lay claim to having been one of Qatar’s major historical urban centres, and in the mid 19th century was the leading town of the peninsula prior to the emergence of Doha (then Bida’) as the capital of the country. The historical records indicate that there were repeated occupations, abandonments and re-occupations of the town during the 19th century, and this is backed up by preliminary archaeological work. Test excavations were conducted by UCL Qatar early in 2016 provide a glimpse into the sequence and nature of occupation, while early aerial imagery from the mid 20th century reveals the final stages of the abandoned town as it collapsed into the archaeological record. 


What to bring? 
Lots of sunscreen, appropriate clothing, hats and fluids.

Logistics: nothing special
Robert Carter is Professor of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology at UCL Qatar, where he coordinates and teaches the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA. His main research concerns the origins of the Gulf towns, and his chief research project is the Origins of Doha and Qatar, a multidisciplinary project that combines archaeology, historical research, GIS, architectural studies and oral histories to explore the development of Doha and Qatar. Professor Carter holds a PhD in Bronze Age Eastern Arabia and an MA from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. Since 1993 he has conducted fieldwork, artefact studies and consultancy in many parts of the Gulf, including Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Iraq and Iran