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May 2020

The Bury St Edmunds Herbal

May 1 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Raymond Ball is a member of BWMG and used to work at Kew Gardens but halfway through life was called to the protestant ministry. There is a long history of clergy naturalists! In retirement his botanical studies continued, adding wider scientific studies, especially into insects. In recent years he has been lecturing on the science of climate change. The Bury St Edmunds Herbal is an ancient manuscript and can be found in the Bodleian Library in Oxford not in our…

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Chalk Streams First and the Aquifer Alliance – a discussion about the threats to our chalk streams, and initiatives to save them

May 8 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Chalk Streams First is an initiative which is supported by Wild Trout Trust, the organisation that Rob Mungovan works for. So he is well placed to talk about this radical solution which has been proposed to save the Chilterns’ chalk-streams. The demands placed on the chalk aquifers that supply both rivers and people is a growing problem. The burgeoning population of the south east is competing for water with our unique and paradisiacal rivers known as chalk streams. It needs…

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Action for Insects: averting the Insect Apocalypse – Professor Dave Goulson

May 15 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at University of Sussex, specialising in bee ecology. He has published more than 290 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. He is the author of several well acclaimed books such as Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 12,000 members. Having won several awards for conservation he was named number 8 in BBC…

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Rob Clapham: The Lark and Linnet – can we be optimistic about their future? NEW DATE

May 22 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Canalisation, abstraction and pollution have all contributed to the state of our Lark and Linnet.  Rob Clapham from the Environment Agency's East Anglian Environment Programme team will interpret the past and give hope for the future. This talk follows a discussion about our chalk streams on May 8th.

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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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