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September 2020

Talk by Kevin Sawford: An East Anglian wildlife photographer’s year

September 30 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Kevin Sawford  is a multi-award winning wildlife photographer who runs the Suffolk Wildlife Trust's varied range of photography workshops. Immerse yourself in his sumptuous images! This talk was to be held in the Quaker Meeting House on 29th September, but of course that's not possible. Kevin has kindly agreed to give the presentation online. All BWMG members and non-members welcome. Click here to register in advance.  

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October 2020

WASP: Polluting for profit – changing an unwinnable game

October 7 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Windrush Against Sewage Pollution (WASP) presents an insight into how the water industry is being allowed to use our rivers to make money and how the regulators have been turned into spectators. Chalk streams have been some of the worst-hit by abstraction and pollution, and some of WASP's discoveries will help bring the truth to the voting public. All welcome. Register in advance here and joining instructions will be…

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Kate Osborne, Beach Bonkers: Suffolk Shingle- Tales of Treasure & Trash

October 14 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Kate Osborne is a naturalist who founded Beach Bonkers to inspire people about Suffolk's shingle beaches through beachcombing. Vegetated shingle habitat is internationally rare and surprisingly fragile, and the plants that thrive here have special adaptations to survive the desert-like conditions. Kate will show some of the treasures that can be found in the stones, including the shells of voracious carnivores, the egg cases of cannibal sea snails, and fossil teeth from woolly mammoths and sharks ... every single find…

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Charles Rangley-Wilson: Chalk Streams First

October 21 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group A new idea called Chalk-Streams First has, our speaker claims, the potential to completely re-naturalise the flows in all of the Chilterns chalk-streams with potentially only a small net loss to overall public water supply. It is a scheme that could be delivered in the near future using as its basis infrastructure that is already planned for and costed in the water company management plans. Chalk-Streams First is supported…

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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

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

November 10 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Quaker Meeting House, St John's St
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1SJ United Kingdom
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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. £2 non-members (members free)

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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

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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