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Paisley Natural History Society Talks at Paisley Museum

Plants, the real silent witnesses

Paisley Natural History Society is continuing its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Dr Jennifer Miller (Director of the Dickson Forensic Bio-Archaeology Unit, Northlight Heritage) on Thursday the 3 October at 7.30pm in Paisley Museum.

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Locard’s Principle states that every contact leaves a trace. When applied to fingerprints, drops of blood or firearms discharge, this concept is easily understood and recognised.  However, plants and soil surround us whenever we step outside our door, ready to adhere to clothing and tools; to shed traces into or grow through a clandestine grave. Forensic Botany now has an accepted role in criminal investigation. This presentation will outline the various ways in which plants contribute to the investigation of serious crime, giving case examples to help illustrate salient points.

The talk is free and open to everyone, just come along.

Paisley Natural History Society

Paisley Natural History Society was formed in the early 1970’s by local naturalists and is still going strong. The aims of the society are simple:

1. To encourage the study of natural history in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

2. To support the conservation of wildlife and habitats; and

3. To maintain links with the Natural History department of Paisley Museum.

Regular indoor meetings are held in Paisley Museum on Thursday evenings during the winter months covering a variety of natural history topics from butterflies and birds to fungi and fossils and outings are organised during the summer months visiting sites throughout Scotland.

You don’t need to be a member to come along to the talks, they are open to anyone with an interest in natural history.

Copies of the winter talks programme can be obtained from Paisley Museum and the talks are also listed on the Renfrewshire Council website.