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October 2020

Frances Giaquinto: invasive species

October 28 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Dr Fran Giaquinto CEnv MCIEEM is a botanist and ecologist who spent her first professional years studying the interactions between organisms, particularly the beneficial relationships between fungi and birch trees. Her lifelong interest is habitat restoration. She has focused on invasive alien species for the last 12 years, developing methods of control which minimise harm to the environment. She is currently funded under Ireland’s National Biodiversity Action Plan to eradicate giant hogweed without the use of herbicide from the River…

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November 2020

Kathy Stearne: Water Meadows – the Myth and magic of the Drowner

November 3 @ 19:00 - 20:00

The origins of water meadows are lost in medieval times. Surface water irrigation expanded in Wessex and throughout England from the sixteenth century and was a sustainable intensive integrated agricultural system until the twentieth century. This talk looks at the origins of water meadows in England, their management and importance to agriculture through the centuries, and why they are still important in terms of landscape history and ecology today. Dr. Kathy Stearne  - 30 years of water meadows research Growing…

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Robin Price: Safeguarding a sustainable supply of water for the East of England

November 4 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Water Resources East is one of five Regional Planning Groups operating as part of a National Framework for  ​Water Resources.  Eastern England faces a number of significant risks to its future water supply, which could have a catastrophic impact on the area’s communities, economy, and environment if left unchecked. WRE is working in partnership with organisations across Eastern England to safeguard a sustainable supply of water for the region.  It is developing…

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Will Cranstoun: Landscape scale nature conservation – the question of wilding vs prescriptive management

November 10 @ 19:00 - 21:00

  In Will Cranstoun's job as Western Reserves Manager for Suffolk Wildlife Trust he oversees an ever-growing number of SWT reserves so he's a busy man! He will be talking about the hot topic of rewilding. All welcome. Click here to register in advance and joining instructions will be sent to you.  

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Wendy Morrison: Beacons of the Past – 8000 years of human activity in a chalk landscape

November 11 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Ver Valley Society event, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Ancient hillforts have fascinated historians and archaeologists for centuries. Enduring and prominently situated, they have sparked the imaginations of generations through the glimpse they give us into our history. Iron Age hillforts were constructed in the United Kingdom from around 1000 BC until the Romans arrived. Steeped in mythology and folklore, they offer an intriguing insight into how communities might have lived together over two-thousand years ago. Some think hillforts…

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Mike Jones: Exploring managed aquifer recharge

November 18 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group The talk will address these questions: What is managed aquifer recharge? How can it be used? Where is it used in the UK? Why is it used more extensively in other countries? Is there potential for integration with natural & engineered flood management? Who are the stakeholders in understanding its benefits & applications? When will its use increase in the UK? Dr Mike Jones is a hydrogeologist with over…

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December 2020

Hadrian Cook: Floodplain modification – what can be learned from history

December 1 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Details to follow. Dr Hadrian Cook has a background in hydrology, soil science and landscape history. He is ‘Drowner’ and a Trustee for the Harnham Water Meadows Trust.   Click here to register in advance and joining instructions will be sent to you.

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Talk by Russell Savory: Beavers – nature’s engineers POSTPONED – new date tba

December 31 @ 00:00 - 00:30

Spains Hall beaver, photo by Russell Savory Russell is a distinguished wildlife photographer whose videos often appear on BBC's Countryfile and other programmes. He is the photographer for the Natural Flood Management Project at Spains Hall in Essex and has become an authority on the beaver, a once-common water mammal. The first beavers to return to Essex for over 400 years now live on the Spains Hall Estate. Their home is a 4 hectare (9.8 acre) woodland, surrounded by a…

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