Networking and Talks Evening
Time & Location
About The Event
These quarterly talks focus on biodiversity issues around urban living often with a strong practical element that people can act upon in their homes and neighbourhoods. There is plenty of time to talk and meet other people interested in conservation in the borough as well as two short talks from invited speakers.
6:45 - arrival, tea and networking
7: 00 -Why Urban Biodiversity? by Edward Mayer. Edward pioneered an approach to preserving the future of the Swift (The Common Swift: Apus apus) through advice, talks and the encouragement of widespread volunteer action. He presented a thoroughly entertaining talk at the beginning of the year on swifts and is returning for a broader discussion of Why Urban Biodiversity?
7:30 - updates from the floor
8:00 - Tea, networking
8:20 - London's Orchids by Mike Waller. London Wildlife Trust ecologist Mike Waller has spent two decades scouring the country for some of our rarest and most coveted botanical treasures – orchids. From Scottish mountains to Salisbury Plain and even the odd Tesco car park, Mike has been there in search of every one of our native species. The search has continued in London where he now advises land managers on practical techniques to encourage orchids into the urban environment. Currently, Mike is working on a new orchid identification guide for Princeton University Press, due to be launched in August 2019. Check out this free guide Mike produced during his time at the Natural History Museum: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/content/dam/nhmwww/take-part/identify-nature/british-orchids-vegetative-id-guide.pdf
9:00 - Close
When: Wednesday 17th October
Where: Kingston University
Over the last couple of years we have covered topics as diverse as:
Rewilding, The Thames River Survey, The Lost Effra Project, why Kingston should care about beavers, greening London’s fire stations, could we have wild boars in Kingston? And the future of conservation in Kingston, should we be more radical?
Anyone interested in nature is warmly invited to attend this talk and networking evening. You don’t need to know anything about conservation to come to the meeting, you just need an interest in nature. Hear about the latest in biodiversity thinking and action. Connect with others involved with conservation and bring your news and events to share.
The next dates will be: 2019