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May 2020

Monitoring Swifts in and around Bury St Edmunds – Simon Evans

May 27 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Local ornithologist Simon Evans will talk about his work with Swifts including the St John's Church tower project, which now boast 60 nesting boxes. This is a Bury St Edmunds Swift Group talk, which follows Edward Jackson's talk for BWMG on 24th April.   Photo: Simon Evans by Nick Upton, with permission Quiz answers: 1. Other species using the same size ring as a Swift - Kingfisher 2. Bird of Prey foot - Tawny Eagle caught one South Africa January…

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June 2020

Talk by Sarah Gull: The first 6 months on Bury Water Meadows

June 5 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Sarah and Stephen Gull took over 15acres of the water meadows South of Cullum Road last September. Find out how they have been getting on! This is an interdisciplinary talk- historians, biologists, snake-lovers and relatives all welcome.   Here is the video of this talk:    

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Roger Horton: Why travel to Bury to look at a tree?

June 12 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Roger Horton lives in Cambridge but as a tree enthusiast he’s been coming to Bury to photograph a particular tree for sometime now in all seasons. Surely there are enough trees in his home city to look at, so why this tree? Where else can its like be found in Suffolk and in the country? How can it be identified? What other interesting trees are there around it in Bury? Roger was a bioinformatician on the Human Genome Project but…

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Anne and Dennis Kell: An Introduction to Bats and the Work of the Suffolk Bat Group

June 19 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Anne and Dennis Kell are both retired teachers with a shared interest in wildlife and natural history who have been involved with the Suffolk Bat Group since the 1980s. In this talk, bats are introduced as a unique and diverse group of mammals, looking at their biology and ecology to help explain and understand some of the difficulties faced in their conservation. To register for this talk, click here and joining instructions will be sent to you. All welcome.  …

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Anna Saltmarsh: Seed Collecting for the Millennium Seed Bank

June 26 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank preserves living material, in the form of seeds, from flowering plant species across the world with the aim of preventing extinctions, facilitating research and education, and enabling the restoration of threatened habitats. Having previously worked at Kew Gardens and with a background in conservation, BWMG member Anna was delighted when the opportunity came up to contribute to a partnership between the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the Millennium Seed Bank, collecting seeds from Suffolk’s woody species for…

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July 2020

Raymond Ball: The State of Planet Earth in 21st Century

July 3 @ 19:00 - 20:30

In every previous webinar in this series we have heard a consistent story about the problems faced by plants, mammals, insects and birds.  In this presentation, BWMG member Raymond Ball seeks to bring the strands together and asks the questions: what is being done about it? AND what can we do about it? We face a monumental battle, but our planet is too precious for us to do nothing. Register here and joining instructions will be sent to you. All…

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Allan Archer: Moths – an introduction

July 10 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Most people think moths are dull, brown things which come out at night and eat your clothes. The reality could not be further from this. In this talk, Allan Archer will introduce us to a fascinating group, dispel some myths and tell us how to get to know moths better.  Allan is Wildlife Education Officer at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk. To register in advance, click here and joining instructions will be sent to you.

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Josephine McSherry: An Introduction to Chalk Hydrogeology

July 17 @ 19:00 - 20:30

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group This talk will consider the key characteristics of the Chalk aquifer, and the complexities of trying to characterise catchments and aquifers. Josie McSherry is studying for a PhD at Leeds University, investigating the origin and fate of nitrate contamination in chalk groundwater. If you missed this, it's here:

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Frances Giaquinto: invasive species POSTPONED – new date tba

July 24 @ 19:00 - 20:00

This talk has been POSTPONED from 24th July due to circumstances beyond our control.  There will be a talk on Hedgehogs instead.   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…

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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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