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Programme for 2018

Most of our meetings are open to all and free to members.  Some meetings may require booking and visitors will normally be asked for a contribution.

Next Meeting:

Friday 30th November, 8pm, Watlington Town Hall: 'Neighbourhoods for Nature' - a talk by Mike Pollard

With a growing local and national clamour for new houses, solutions are urgently needed to avoid piling more pressure on the UK's beleaguered wildlife. We also know that people are becoming increasingly divorced from nature, despite growing recognition that our quality of life is enhanced by it.

But with the right approach, giving people a home needn't mean squeezing nature out, and, leading the field, a partnership between the RSPB and a major housing developer is breathing wildlife into new housing.

Kingsbrook, on the eastern side of Aylesbury, is a flagship nature-friendly 2500 home development, where Aylesbury Vale District Council, Barratt and RSPB are working together to set a new benchmark for nature-friendly development.

Mike Pollard, Area Reserves Manager, has been leading on the project for RSPB for the past three years, and will be sharing the fascinating and inspiring story, from early discussions and planning through to the early stages of building - and what is still to come.

And so that we can all play our part, Mike will also be sharing ideas for making more established homes and gardens better for nature.

Admission £2.50 adults, £1 children, free to WEG members.

2018 programme

Date

Venue

Title

Presenter 

Friday 26th January - 8pmWatlington Town Hall Annual General Meeting, including a talk about the Earth Trust

Jenny Creese

Friday 23rd February 8pm
Watlington Town HallEarthworms: the world's most important organisms?

Dan Carpenter

Saturday 31st March - 2.30pm
Christmas CommonShort local walk to see spring flowers

Group members

Friday 27th April - 8pmWatlington Town Hall
Creating clean water ponds for freshwater wildlife

Pascale Nicolet

Friday 25th May - 6.30pm
RSPB Otmoor
Visit

RSPB guide

Saturday 30th June - 2pmBBOWT Yoesden reserve
Visit

BBOWT guide


Friday 27th July - 9.15pm


Aston Rowant - Natural England Office car-park

Glowworm walk

 Robin Scagell

Friday 31st August - 8pm

Watlington Town Hall


Introduction to the Chiltern Hillforts Project


Dr Wendy Morrison (Project Officer)

Saturday 29th September - 11am

(Details will be sent to members)


Walk, with lunch


Members of the Group


Friday November 2nd - 8pm

**REVISED DATE**

Watlington Town Hall

Where Have All Our Insects Gone?


Nick Isaac



Friday November 30th - 8pm

 

Watlington Town Hall

 

Neighbourhoods for Nature

 

Mike Pollard, RSPB

 

 December

  

No meeting