Meetings for 2020-21 are currently being planned, initially using Zoom. Details will appear here when available.
12 November 2020
Saving our Night Skies
Jack Ellerby (project Officer, Dark Skies Cumbria)
Join Jack Ellerby for an online presentation to learn about the value of Dark Skies and the growing issues from the impacts of light pollution on wildlife and people. Hear about relevant research, good and bad lighting, what the Project’s doing and find out how we can all help to tackle light pollution.
10 December 2021
Community, Landscape and Biodiversity – the story of Rusland Horizons
Colin Barr (Rusland Horizons Trust)
This illustrated talk will tell the story of how the Rusland community secured Lottery funding to enhance and understand the local landscape through partnership working and volunteer action on 15 different projects.
The outcomes of these projects will be described with a special emphasis on those involving the wildlife of the Rusland valley.
14 January 2021
Restoring Hardknott Forest
Restoring Hardknott Forest is an exciting project to restore one of the largest conifer plantations in the Lake District’s Duddon Valley to native woodland. Non-native trees are gradually being removed and replaced with native species such as oak. Project Officer John Hodgson will give an overview of the work completed so far and the plans for the future.
11 February 2021
Out of Africa……..a Photographer’s Safari
Alan and Julie Walker
This talk is packed full of photographs about the trials and tribulations of trying to capture something a little bit different from the stunning wildlife and landscape in Namibia, Botswana and Kenya.
11 March 2021
The north-west rare plant initiative
The North West Rare Plant Initiative has thus far carried out 49 reintroduction projects across the region of NW England and including 20 different species, many of which are on the cusp of extinction in the region.
The NWRPI won the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management 2020 Award for Best Practice: Small-scale Nature Conservation.
8 April 2021
Fantastic moths of Lakeland and where to find them
The talk will cover unusual and spectacular moths from specific Lakeland habitat types. It will provide information on larval food plants and how to give moths a home in your garden or local patch. An introduction to the basics of moth trapping in gardens or at remote sites is included, too.