The motto ‘Fiat Lux’ is Latin and interprets as ‘Let there be light’ - or more literally,

‘Let light be made’.

It includes one version of the

Belfast Coat of Arms

The club was formed as the first of a series of Field Clubs in response to the increasing interest in natural sciences in Victorian Ireland. The first public meeting was held on the 6th March 1863 in the Museum Buildings, now the Ulster Museum. Ralph Tate drafted a Constitution and the first field trip was on the 6th April 1863 when around 88 members travelled to Islandmagee to collect fossils.

A list of original Members, Rules and Annual Reports for the years from 1863 to 1874 can be viewed through the Biodiversity Heritage Library as well as viewed online through Google Books.  As expected, early Field Trips are documented in great detail with interesting illustrations included in later reports.

More information can be found on Wikipedia

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus

Originally called the Belfast Field Naturalists Club, initial meetings were fortnightly and in the first season, as well as Islandmagee, the Club visited Randalstown and Lough Neagh, Comber and Strangford Lough, Drumbo and the Giant’s Ring, Carrickfergus Castle, Magilligan, Whitehead and finally Woodburn Glens.



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