Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD5490
TitleGloucestershire Naturalists' Society
DescriptionCharles William Bannister of Ashchurch: ornithological journals 1936-1945 (64 volumes); botanical notes 1949-1984
Gloucestershire Naturalists' Society: minutes 1970s-1980s; members' notes, surveys and reports 19th-20th cents., including Professor G S Boulger's summary of the flora of Gloucestershire 1878
NotesAccession 8017 is uncatalogued
Admin HistoryCharles Bannister was one of the county's leading botanists. In particular he was the county expert on Rubi (a difficult genus of brambles), a subject on which he contributed a section for the forthcoming 'Supplement' to the 'Flora of Gloucestershire'. For the original 'Flora of Gloucestershire' published in 1948, Charles Bannister contributed an article on the flora of the Tewkesbury area, with particular reference to the effect of war-agriculture.
Although some of the material deposited relates to Charles Bannister's botanical interests, the bulk comprises ornithological journals, for the period 1936 to 1945. For the first two years he was living on the right bank of the Severn in Worcestershire, initially in Bushley, and from March 1936 to October 1938 at Holdfast. The family then moved to Fiddington in the parish of Ashchurch, and finally in the autumn of 1945 Charles Bannister moved to Northway Cottage in the same parish, where he lived until the mid-1960s. It is possible from these journals to trace the decline of certain species such as cirl bunting, corncrake and red-backed shrike, together with the emergence of others including the red-legged partridge. In addition to daily notes on the distribution and behaviour of birds seen, weather details are given.
For an obituary of Charles Bannister by Kathleen Lubbock, and notes on the diaries by Mrs. Audrey Kelham, see D file for Gloucestershire Naturalists' Society.
Custodial HistoryDeposited by the Gloucestershire Naturalists' Society
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