Regional park

A regional park is an area of land preserved on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, recreational use or other reason, under the administration of a form of local government. A regional park can be a special park district covering a region crossing several jurisdiction boundaries, or a park system of a single jurisdiction, such as a province, county, or city. There are 101 regional parks in Saskatchewan. All parks are operated by volunteer boards. Regional parks in Italy are administered by each region in Italy, a government unit like a U. S. state. In New Zealand, regional parks are administered by regional councils rather than the Department of Conservation or territorial authorities. In the United States, a regional park is sometimes referred to as a'Metropolitan Park' or as an open space reserve; the terms region and metropolitan can have different meanings in U. S. local government agencies. Regional parks can be administered by a regional park board, a state, county or other units of local government.

A special authority can be set up, under the joint jurisdiction of two or more government bodies or as an independent park district to administer parks. Individual parks may not cross governmental boundaries; the park district holds the authority, similar to fire protection districts, to manage and raise taxes to cover park acquisition and management costs. Examples of large regional park systems are the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in southeast Michigan. In Ohio, under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1545, metro parks such as the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks can have their own sworn police forces; the East Bay Regional Park District and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District have extensive parklands in the San Francisco Bay Area, protecting habitat and offering recreation. In Scotland, regional parks are defined to co-ordinate the management of areas of attractive countryside that are of importance for recreation due to their proximity to population centres; the parks are managed by local authorities.

Scotland has three regional parks: Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Lomond Hills Regional Park Pentland Hills Regional Park Regional natural parks of France List of regional parks of Lithuania Nature reserve Open space reserve State park Urban park Media related to Regional parks at Wikimedia Commons

Royal Bath and West of England Society

The Royal Bath and West of England Society is a charitable society founded in 1777 to promote and improve agriculture and related activities around the West Country of England. Based at the Royal Bath and West of England Society Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset, the society is a registered charity in England and Wales. Nowadays the society offers a variety of services relating to agriculture and veterinary science including public and professional events and advice, a marketplace for countryside products. In 1775 Edmund Rack, a draper and the son of a labouring weaver, moved from his native Norfolk to the city of Bath. Despite his modest upbringing Rack had developed interests both in literature and agriculture, the application of modern methods to farming, he was struck on his arrival by the poor standard of agricultural practise in the West Country, in a series of letters to the Farmer's Magazine and the Bath Chronicle argued that it was in the interest of all involved to make a concerted effort to improve productivity.

Thus on the 28 August 1777 the Bath Chronicle printed a notice addressed to "The Nobility and Gentry in the counties of Somerset, Gloucester and Dorset in general, the Cities of Bath and Bristol in particular". This notice, paid for by Rack, proposed the formation of a "Society in this City, for the encouragement of Agriculture, Manufactures and the Fine Arts...". A number of philanthropists responded, at a meeting on 8 September inaugurated the Bath and West of England Society for the Encouragement of Agriculture, Arts and Commerce, nominating Rack as the society's secretary; the same year, the Aims and Orders of the Society were published, which set out the activities of the society for the years to come. These involved the improvement of areas such as animal husbandry, farm implements and country crafts through education and prize-giving. In 1780 a site at Weston, Bath was taken over for use by the society as an experimental farm. Although this particular venture ended around a decade for the next 196 years the society's headquarters were located in properties within the city of Bath, until in 1974 its administration moved to a new permanent home in Shepton Mallet.

The year 1780 saw the first major publication of the society when Volume I of the Letters and Papers appeared. These disseminated advice and scientific opinion on agriculture and other subjects of interest, were printed irregularly until finishing with Volume XV in 1829. In its history the society resumed publishing with a full journal. In 1859 the decision was made to move the annual meetings of the society out of the city of Bath, each year convene in a different town in the society's area; these were combined with annual agricultural shows which proved enormously popular, continue to the present day. The society was renamed in 1869 as the'Bath and West of England Society and Southern Counties Association for the Encouragement of Agriculture, Arts and Commerce' to reflect its influence in areas outside the vicinity of the city, further name changes occurring in the 1890s finished with the'Bath and West and Southern Counties Society'. A final change of name created the present'Royal Bath and West of England Society', in 1994 the society was registered as a full charity under British law.

The society continues to organise events around the west of England including a flower show and the Royal Bath and West Show, which in 2005 attracted 150,000 visitors. The current president of the society is HRH The Countess of Wessex; the Royal Bath and West Showground is the location for many events throughout the year, including the New Wine summer conferences. John Billingsley – one of the founders of the Bath and West Society Royal Bath and West of England Society Library Collection - Located at the University of Bath Library Carlyle, Edward Irving. "Wansey, Henry". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 291. Bryant, P. Bennett, S. and Collins, T. 2002. The story of the'Bath and West' innovation and application: Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution Millennium Lecture, Monday, 9 October 2000. Ed. Shepton Mallet: Royal Bath and West of England Society. Available from:

Royal Bath and West of England Society website Early history of the society History of the Society's Library and Archives Charity Commission. The Royal Bath and West of England Society, registered charity no. 1039397


Hecatera is a moth genus in the family Noctuidae erected by Achille Guenée in 1852. Hecatera agrapha Hecatera bicolorata – broad-barred white Hecatera cappa Hecatera confusa Hecatera confusa Leech, 1900 Hecatera constantialis Hecatera corsica Hecatera deserticola Hecatera digramme Hecatera disjuncta Hacker & Fibiger, 1999 Hecatera dysodea – small ranunculus Hecatera filipjevi Hecatera fixseni Hecatera maderae Hecatera mirabilis Hecatera rhodocharis Hecatera weissi Media related to Hecatera at Wikimedia Commons Pitkin, Brian & Jenkins, Paul. "Search results Family: Noctuidae". Butterflies and Moths of the World. Natural History Museum, London