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.
Friday 23rd February, 8pm, Watlington Town Hall 'Earthworms - the world's most important organisms?', a talk by Dan Carpenter
The familiarity of the 'humble' earthworm, a creature that even the youngest schoolchild can probably draw, conceals a fascinating and sometimes bizarre biology. And only now is their irreplaceable contribution to soil health, and the part they play in long-term geological processes, coming to be realised.
In this talk, Dan Carpenter, former Training Officer with The Earthworm Society of Britain (and now Projects Officer at Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre) will provide insights into the biology of the 25+ species of native earthworm in the UK, and discuss the threat posed by a few recent undesirable alien arrivals. He will also reveal how healthy ecosystems depend on having a thriving population of earthworms, and how land management practices can facilitate or hamper this.
Dan is a graduate of the Universities of East London and Reading, and his presentation style brings together genuine enthusiasm with ecological knowledge and experience.
Adults £2.50, children £1, free to WEG members. Join for the whole of 2018 for just £7.50.
Friday 26th January - 8pm Watlington Town Hall Annual General Meeting, including a talk about the Earth Trust
Friday 23rd February 8pm Watlington Town Hall Earthworms: the world's most important organisms?
Saturday 31st March - time tbc tbc Short local walk to see spring flowers
Friday 27th April - 8pm Watlington Town Hall Creating clean water ponds for freshwater wildlife
Friday 25th May - 6.30pm RSPB Otmoor Visit
Saturday 30th June - 2pm BBOWT Yoesden reserve Visit
Friday 27th July - time tbc
Aston Rowant Nature Reserve
Friday 31st August - 8pm
Watlington Town Hall
Introduction to the Chiltern Hillforts Project
Friday 28th or Saturday 29th September
Friday 26 or Saturday 27th October
Friday 30th November - 8pm
Watlington Town Hall
Biodiversity in new and existing development