Apr
2
Tue
Unsung heroes in dung – Sally-Ann Spence FLS FRES @ St Margaret's Institute
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Unsung heroes in dung - Sally-Ann Spence FLS FRES @ St Margaret's Institute

Dung beetles in the British Isles are a vital part of their associated ecosystems but have been historically rather overlooked probably due to their chosen habitat. Now our native dung beetles are finally beginning to get some of the invertebrate limelight due to an emphasis on ecosystem services and a much more environmentally friendly farming future. However we are lacking on a great deal of base data about these vitally important species and surveying is the one of the best ways to get information. This means getting into dung and discovering these unsung heroes

May
7
Tue
Aldabra Atoll, an untouchable island – April Jasmine Burt @ St Margaret's Institute
May 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Aldabra Atoll, an untouchable island - April Jasmine Burt @ St Margaret's Institute

The ecology and history of one of the largest atolls in the world. Aldabra, situated in the South West Indian Ocean, supports the largest population of giant tortoises worldwide. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a stronghold for wildlife in a region that is besieged by threats.

Oct
1
Tue
Track and Sign – the naturalist’s forgotten skill – Bob Cowley @ St Margaret's Institute
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Track and Sign - the naturalist's forgotten skill - Bob Cowley @ St Margaret's Institute

The ability to accurately identify and interpret Track and Sign rests on a body of traditional knowledge that previous generations of naturalists would have regarded as fundamental. Sadly, now it is largely unknown and untaught, but with the upsurge of Citizen Science, it is perhaps more relevant than ever.