Cross Hills Naturalists’ Society was formed in 1904 by seventeen gentlemen of Bowland Fell Park near Tosside and the surrounding villages in the Aire valley to hold regular meetings and enjoy excursions into the local countryside, with an aim to improve their knowledge of Natural History.
These aims are continued today with the following activities:-
Winter Lecture programme - members are able to hear well qualified speakers, sometimes from some distance away, giving talks on a variety of subjects such as Marine Biology, Plant Life, Ornithology, Archaeology, Mammals and Environmental issues.
Field Meetings - are held in the summer months when studies are made in the local area, or places of natural history interest further afield. Themes covered on these visits are archaeological, botanical, ornithological and sometimes conservation and restoration work is undertaken.
Microscope Group - the group meets once a month throughout the year to examine material which members take to the meeting using binocular microscopes. Sometimes an outdoor meeting is arranged in the summer.