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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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March 2021

HS2 and Chalk Streams, out of sight out of mind

March 10 @ 19:00 - 20:30

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Chairman of the River Chess Association, Paul Jennings, and geologist Dr Haydon Bailey discuss the geology of the Chalk of the Chilterns and the impact of HS2. According to the Chilterns Conservation Board, HS2 will cause irrevocable damage to the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Not only, the Board claims, will HS2 destroy wildlife, habitats and ancient woodlands, it will place…

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Roger Draycott: Farming and wildlife conservation in Suffolk – past, present and future

March 12 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Roger’s family has farmed in Wickhambrook over generations and has long been active in science and farming research.  He will talk about farming and its role in conservation, and about decisions driven by agricultural policy. As he says, the majority of land in the UK is farmland, so farming is crucial for improvements to be made in bio-diversity. Free, all welcome. Register in advance here to join.

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Sarah Gull: A Year On – the stewardship of the Butts

March 26 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A year has gone by since Sarah and Stephen Gull took over 15 acres of water meadows known as the Butts, and lots of water has gone under the bridge quite literally! Find out how they are getting on with their patch of wilderness …… Resgister here.

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April 2021

Andrew Hinchley: River Lark – the next ten years

April 9 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A short talk with this title was given at this year’s BWMG AGM, asserting that the next ten years could be more important for the Lark than the last fifty. Key amongst the expected changes is the reduction of abstraction from the Lark aquifer deep underground and the capping of extraction from many boreholes ie. the amount of water extracted can never again be increased. A number of important developments and issues could not be included in the short time…

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Andrew McKenzie: Groundwater flooding on Chalk aquifers; rare events or short memories?

April 21 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance presentation, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Water levels in the Chalk naturally vary seasonally, and when levels rise high enough water will start to flow in ‘bournes’ and ephemeral streams that are often a characteristic of the Chalk landscape. In particularly wet conditions high groundwater levels can cause more widespread flooding and may cause damage or disruption to local communities. Significant groundwater flooding events occurred in 2000/2001 and 2013/2014 and triggered widespread interest from researchers,…

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Nicola Crockford: Lockdown discovery – experiences of snorkelling the local rivers of Brecks and Fens

April 23 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Nicola Crockford’s day job is RSPB’s Principle Policy Officer and policy lead for the BirdLife International Global Flyways Programme. In normal times this involves a heavy schedule of travel most months, all over the world – to negotiate with governments to get the best deal for migratory birds, as well as commuting to offices in Sandy and the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge from her home (since 1995) in Tuddenham, West Suffolk. Since March 2020, she has had a much…

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May 2021

Theo Thomas: Power, accountability and saving our rivers

May 5 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group The regulator says the number of prosecutions for river pollution has dropped to a 5 year low. Water companies are owned by overseas investors and pension funds. Theo Thomas, London Waterkeeper, will explore how we can make ourselves heard and change the current power imbalance.   Theo Thomas founded London Waterkeeper to be an independent voice for the Capital’s rivers. He was a BBC news journalist in the East…

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Geoff Brighty: River Lark – Pollution Review and Action Plan

May 12 @ 19:00 - 20:00

The ground-breaking new report River Lark Pollution Review and Action Plan sets out how some key goals could be achieved in dealing with Lark pollution, with the active leadership and help of Jo Churchill MP. The River Lark Pollution Review and Action Plan represents the work of a collaborative action group of organisations that have come together, including Anglian Water, the CamEO, Environment Agency, Norfolk Rivers Trust, the Rivers Trust, and the Riverfly Partnership. The report provides evidence of the…

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