Last week we welcomed 35 members of the public into the EBC for an afternoon of conversation around conservation! We welcomed 5 different speakers including 3 academics and 2 post docs from the Faculty of Science and Technology to share their research through a series of presentations and Q&As.
Amanda Korstjen’s opened the event with a talk about her work in tropical forests supporting conservation of primates before Demetra Andreou took over to share how we can use DNA to inform conservation, for example through identifying species of fish present in a river through water samples. We then took a short break for some cake (a key part of any RKEO organised event) before Liz Franklin took over to share her work on pollinators and giving advise on how to make your gardens more bee friendly and speaking on how consideration of pollinators should be a key part of urban planting spaces. We finished off the day with two talks about local conservation in Poole Harbour including Ann Thornton talking on how thickening algal mats are impacting wading birds and Leo Clark sharing his research into the impact of shellfish harvesting on the area.
The day was a great success with highly positive feedback from the audience on the topic. Thank you to all involved for giving such excellent talks.