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July 2020

Paula Baker: Hedgehogs

July 24 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Paula Baker is the Founder of Suffolk Prickles. Being a teacher she has that special ability of teaching people without realising, and she is able to impart so much information you could talk about these creatures for ages. What she does not know is probably not worth knowing! Initially studying hedgehog care and welfare herself she now gives educational courses on various levels from basic to advanced and works closely with many organisations – Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Otley College, Norfolk…

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Kelvin Allen: Water needs and balances

July 31 @ 19:00 - 20:30

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group. Kelvin Allen will talk about water needs and balances, explain how water is both measured and managed set against the increasing pressures across East Anglia for water and how the Water Framework Directive links this together, against the balance of supply and the environment. Kelvin is a retired BT manager with a career spanning 32 years and has fished the fens since the age of 8.  He became the…

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August 2020

Shaun Leonard: The Interesting Lives of Some Chalkstream Fishes

August 12 @ 19:00 - 20:30

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance talk, hosted by BWMG An illustrated talk on the way some of our iconic fish species spend their lives, including where they live, how they find love, what they eat and, maybe sadly, end their days. Many of the images are of beautiful fish and the beautiful places they live; just a few come with a little, guts-and-all warning… Shaun Leonard is an unashamed fish bloke, inspired by Jacques Cousteau after a wander around his research vessel…

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Sam Hurst: Water Sensitive Farming / Farming for water

August 26 @ 19:00 - 20:30

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event, hosted by BWMG A brief overview of how changes to our rural landscape have affected water quality and what Norfolk Rivers Trust's Water Sensitive Farming initiative is doing to improve the region's soils, wetlands, aquifers and rivers. Sam Hurst is a Bury St Edmunds native who trained as a biologist and spent over 6 years at the Environment Agency, learning about the Cam Ely Ouse rivers and regulating the areas agricultural sector and water companies.…

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September 2020

Simon Stebbings: Chalk Stream Invertebrates and Riverfly Monitoring

September 9 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance talk, hosted by BWMG Simon Stebbings, Cooordinator of Chilterns, Herts & Middlesex Riverfly Hub, will talk about chalk stream invertebrates and riverfly monitoring. The health of a river is dependent on many factors, three primary ones being water quality, habitat and flow.  Riverfly populations reflect the health of our rivers and still waters. They are sensitive indicators of water quality and commonly referred to as the rivers' 'canary'. Reported apparent declines in riverfly numbers are of…

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Feargal Sharkey: Seven Deadly Sins – the seven lies told to you by water companies and the Environment Agency

September 23 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Following a successful career in the music industry, keen fly fisherman Feargal Sharkey OBE is now chairman of Amwell Magna Fishery, the oldest angling club in Britain still fishing the same water.  He is an outspoken critic of the national bodies tasked with managing our rivers and the environment, and an active campaigner for rivers.  In this talk he will argue that we have been repeating the same mistakes…

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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.

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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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