Category Archives: Talks

River Cam debate 8 December 2020

What does the River Cam mean to you?

Tuesday 8th December at 6 p.m. ONLINE

Feargal Sharkey will lead an online debate about our rivers and saving the Cam.

The Cam and its tributaries, like other chalk streams, are in a very bad way. Sucked dry by water companies and polluted by sewage. This is a Cambridge issue, but it’s a national disgrace too. Feargal Sharkey, the former punk musician, businessman and now trout fisherman has led a remarkable campaign to stop the rot.      

Cambridge Labour Party Environment Forum (CLEF); the Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations (FeCRA); Council for Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Cambridge and Peterborough; Cambridge Friends of the Earth (CamFoE); Cambridge Schools Eco Council are proud to host Feargal’s talk and to discuss water quality and its connections to the climate emergency and economic growth.

The event promises to be exciting. Your voice as citizens is important to help us protect our chalk stream and its landscapes and wildlife

TO BOOK, click on the short link to the eventbrite listing below.

Give Bees a Chance! How can we help bees and feed the world?

Thursday 10th December 2020 18.30 GMT  ONLINE

A free on-line event organised by the University of Cambridge. 
Register for tickets here.

We need bees and bees need our help. The decline in pollinating insects is one of the most worrying symptoms of climate breakdown because much of our food production relies on them.  

So, what can we do? Does it help if we make our gardens more welcoming to pollinators? Can scientists breed more bee-friendly plants? What role can farmers and the food industry play? What about the government’s new Office for Environmental Protection? 

Our panel will address these questions and others from the audience, to set out the steps we can all take to give bees a better chance.

Dave Goulson is the author of several popular books about bees, including the Garden Jungle.
Lynn Dicks is a conservation scientist focused on insect conservation and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.
Hamish Symington researches pollination and plant-pollinator interactions at the University of Cambridge.
Howard Griffiths, Co-Chair of Cambridge Global Food Security IRC, Professor of Plant Ecology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. 

An #AnnualFoodAgenda event, organised by the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Global Food Security IRC and CambPlants Hub, powered by EIT Food, supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union. 

Image by Sven Lachmann from Pixabay. 

The science of pollination Thursday 26th November

The next talk will be given by Hamish Symington. He points out that around a third of our food depends on pollinating insects, but they are in decline, while the global population is estimated to hit 10 billion by 2050. In his talk he explores how food relies on insects, and how research at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge aims to make flowers more efficient at being pollinated.

The talk is ONLINE via Zoom from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Members will be emailed login details nearer the time. To join the Society click here, or contact webmaster [at] to be added to the email list for notification of events. Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages.

The NatHistCam Project 23rd November

The Cambridge Group of the Wildlife Trust BCN announce that they will be starting a series of online talks later this month. These will be hosted over Zoom and cost £2.50 for all Wildlife Trust members and £4.00 for non-members, with all profits going to the Wildlife Trust. The first talk will be on Monday 23rd November, starting at 7.00pm and is titled “Online talk: The NatHistCam Project, with Mark Hill“.

You will need to book this in advance via the Wildlife Trust BCN events page.   Mark will explore some of the new findings of the NatHistCam Project around Cambridge. NatHistCam was set up in 2016 to study the Natural History of Cambridge. From 2016 to 2019 the project recorded and collated data on a wide variety of organisms, including mosses, vascular plants, birds, butterflies, moths, dragonflies and mammals. It also surveyed the weeds of Cambridge gardens and the plants growing in streets and on walls. We are now writing up the results and this talk will give a flavour of what we found!

Mark Hill came to Cambridge in 1946 and can remember when the New Bit of Coe Fen was covered in Nissen huts to house the families of Polish airmen. He is a botanist and ecologist with a particular interest in mosses. He was president of the Cambridge Natural History Society from 2014 to 2016 and during that time proposed that we should study the natural history of the city.

Poisonous plants – a question of degree 12th November

The next talk will be on Thursday 12th November from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
Helen Moore will talk about some of the plants found in your garden which you might not thought of as being poisonous, wild plants which may be eaten or touched in error with harmful effects, and plants used in herbal/traditional medicines some of which have given rise to therapeutics used today.

ONLINE via Zoom.
Members will be emailed login details nearer the time.


Highland Wildlife 22nd October

The next online talk is on 22nd October when Roy Atkins, a guide with Speyside Wildlife based in the Cairngorms National Park, will give a talk on “Highland Wildlife” during which he will talk about and show pictures of the special birds, mammals and other wildlife of the highlands of Scotland.

Crested Tit