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Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s South Regional Committee.

General enquiries: email south@rgs.org

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Hambledon Vineyard

 Saturday 10 September 10.30am–12.30pm
 Field visit plus optional lunch (Hambledon)

This two hour vine-to-bottle tour of England’s oldest commercial vineyard, based in the small village of Hambledon on the South Downs, will provide the perfect opportunity to explore wine production whilst this year’s grapes approach maturity on the vine. The visit includes a walk in the vine fields, tour of the wine making facilities and a trip to the tasting room. Also the birthplace of cricket, Hambledon hosted the key match of the cricket calendar between 1750 and 1800: Hambledon vs England!

This field visit will bring together two very English traditions—a scholarly focus on the modern one of viticulture in Hampshire, and a brief brush with the historic one of cricket.

Venue: Hambledon Vineyard, Hambledon, PO7 4RY.

Places: £10 (redeemable against any wine purchase). Optional lunch at nearby Bat and Ball PH afterwards - lunch menu options will be sent to those who express an interest on booking (two-course set lunch £15; three courses £20). Book by 31 August. Contact Derek Mottershead.

How to read water: clues, signs and patterns from puddles to the sea - Tristan Gooley

 Thursday 29 September at 8.00pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Southampton)

Join natural navigator and bestselling author Tristan Gooley to discover the secrets of reading water. Drawing on stories of his pioneering journeys, from wild swimming in England to Polynesian canoe navigation via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Tristan explains how to spot the clues, signs and patterns in the water all around us; from a glass of water to a puddle, from ponds to oceans. A must-see for walkers, sailors, swimmers and everyone interested in the natural world.

Venue: Turner Sims, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

Tickets: prices vary, visit the venue website for details and to book. Please telephone and quote RGS-IBG membership number to book up to two tickets at discounted rate (£13 each) telephone 023 8059 5151.

Entering the Anthropocene - Gaia Vince

 Wednesday 12 October 7.00pm–8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
 Lecture (Southampton)

Ever since humans emerged onto the wild savannah we have modified our environment. But the changes we have made in recent decades have been on such a scale that we are altering the Earth beyond anything its experienced in the past 4.6 billion years. Scientists are saying we are pushing the planet into a new geological age—the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans.

In this talk, Gaia will look at some of these planetary changes and what it means for us in the decades to come. Join Gaia on a journey around our world at this extraordinary time to meet the pioneers of this new age, discovering ways that 10 billion of us might live in comfort in the Anthropocene. Joint event with University of Southampton.

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Shackleton Building, Department of Geography, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

Places: £5 on the door, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free. Please contact Professor Steve Darby for enquiries.

An atlas of countries that don’t exist - Nick Middleton

 Thursday 27 October at 8.00pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Southampton)

Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on an eye-opening tour of a hidden world from the pages of his latest book. These are wannabe and might-have-been countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a realm of shifting borders, idealistic leaders and forgotten peoples.

Venue: Turner Sims, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

Tickets: prices vary, visit the venue website for details and to book. Please telephone and quote RGS-IBG membership number to book up to two tickets at discounted rate (£13 each) telephone 023 8059 5151.

Fifty years of the National Trust Neptune project: coastal land use and maps - Karin Taylor and Huw Davies, National Trust

 Thursday 17 November 7.00pm–8.30pm (doors open at 6.40pm)
Lecture (Bournemouth)

To mark the 50th anniversary of Enterprise Neptune, a major appeal to fund the acquisition of pristine coastal land, the National Trust commissioned a re-survey of a coastal land use survey that was completed of the English, Welsh and Northern Irish coastlines in 1965.

Karin Taylor (Head of Land Use Planning) and Huw Davies (Head of Conservation Information) will present an overview of the coastal land use changes mapped during the 50 years of the Neptune Project and will discuss the fascinating impacts of town and country planning, the National Trust ownership, and the differences in survey techniques used then (geography students armed with maps, pencils, walking boots and tents) and now (GIS and other desk-based techniques). Joint event with Bournemouth University.

Venue: Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free. Book online or contact Dr Luciana Esteves, 24 Stoke Road, Winchester, SO23 7ET telephone 01202 962446.

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