Our next meeting will be one of our popular science-update conferences, where we can hear directly from active researchers about new discoveries and current research in the understanding of garden wildlife.
The programme (subject to minor changes) is:
10.00 Registration and coffee
10.20 Welcome and introduction
10.25 Dr Katherine Baldock Biological Sciences, University of Bristol
The city as a refuge for insect pollinators
10.55 Beth Roberts PHD Researcher at University of Exeter
Cornish bumblebees in Cornish gardens: Detecting bumblebee nests,
and researching bumble ecology
12.00 Dr Linda Birkin Bees ‘n Beans project Sussex University
Doing it from home - citizen science in the garden."
12.30 Lucy Witter. PhD student at the National Botanic Garden of Wales
Developing and testing seed mixes to attract a diversity of wild
pollinators into gardens and amenity spaces.
2.00 Professor Mark Fellowes University of Reading
Cat, red-handed: roaming and predation behaviour of the domestic cat
2.30 Dr Philip Donkersley Lancaster University
Metagenomic survey of honey bee food stores: key players in bee bread
3.00 Chris Monk ARG UK Chair of Trustees
More than just a pond - considerations for healthy amphibians in your
3.30 Claire Boothby BTO Garden BirdWatch
Long term effect of bird feeding on communities
4.00 Discussion led by Wildlife Gardening Forum Board members
Looking ahead: the next 5 years for the Wildlife Gardening Forum
The Trinity Centre is a newly renovated converted church with excellent conference facilities. It is walking distance from rail, bus and coach stations, and has its own parking for people arriving by car. The conference registration fee is £30 which includes coffee and a sandwich, roll and wrap lunch with fruit and crisps.
Download the programme here.