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October 2020

Frances Giaquinto: invasive species

28/10/2020 @ 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

03/11/2020 @ 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

04/11/2020 @ 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

10/11/2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00

  Discover more about the approaches in the present UK conservation world and learn more about nature recovery and how we view our wider environment. This talk covers the wilding movement through to more conventional conservation approaches and discusses the issues surrounding both. In Will Cranstoun's job as Western Reserves Manager for Suffolk Wildlife Trust he oversees an ever-growing number of SWT reserves.

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

11/11/2020 @ 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

18/11/2020 @ 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?

01/12/2020 @ 19:00 - 20:00

The form and function of Floodplains across England have not come down to us by chance, they are the outcome of centuries of modifications by humans. This talk is about the formation and operation of floodplain meadows, reclaimed marshlands and floated watermeadows. It is concluded that these semi-natural habitats provide an invaluable opportunity for ecosystem services and sustainable management and should be maintained at all costs. Dr Hadrian Cook teaches and writes on environmental science, environmental policy and landscape history.…

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Kate Heppell and Paul Jennings: ChessWatch – a co-designed online observatory for the River Chess

16/12/2020 @ 19:00 - 20:30

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group River Chess is a chalk stream in South East England (UK), under unprecedented pressure from over-abstraction, urbanisation and climate change; consequently the river currently fails to meet good ecological status. The community-led ChessWatch project is designed to raise public awareness of threats to the River Chess and involve the public in river management activities using a sensor network as a platform. In 2018 four water quality sensors were installed…

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February 2021

Francis Young: Suffolk Folklore

February 5 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Suffolk is replete with traditional lore, legends and customs, yet many people in modern Suffolk are unaware of the county's rich folklore - from witchcraft, ghosts and fairies to the stories of 'Old Shock' and the traditional festivals of the agricultural year. This talk examines the sources for our knowledge of Suffolk's folklore through the ages, focussing particularly on the men and women who collected the county's stories, songs and customs. Francis Young was born and brought up in Bury…

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Jo Bradley: Is this the road to Hell – what is road runoff doing to our rivers & streams?

February 24 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Jo will describe the problem of pollution from road runoff and provide some examples of data and polluting outfalls. She will explain what solutions are available and how they should be funded and operated. Then Jo will outline some of the emerging research on the pollution from tyre wear particles and the effect it may be having on wildlife and humans. Jo hopes that by discussing this topic with…

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