Argument or negotiation: the search for opportunities to move on from conflict about badgers and culling, by Stephan Price
As the culling of badgers to reduce the incidence of bovine TB in cattle began in 2013, a project to research the views surrounding culling was set up at the University of Exeter. It aimed to find out not only what people involved in the debate in and around the pilot cull areas in Gloucestershire and Somerset thought, but also to look for opportunities to unstick the arguments over this intractable issue.
Stephan, who was the researcher on that project and published a book about it, will describe the work he did, and reflect on its findings.
Tuesday 1st December 2020
This event will be held online via Zoom
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11th November 2020 at 8:00pm
Online Via Zoom
This talk will include foxes, badgers and hedgehogs and other mammals. Dawn is Head of Life Sciences at Keele University and also sits on the Mammal Society Council. Her research interests are in small mammals, carnivores, landscape ecology, wildlife management and human-wildlife interactions. She is passionate about citizen science projects where people can get involved with science projects. She has appeared on several TV programs including the BBC ‘watch’ programmes with presenter Chris Packham focusing on research into urban mammals, showing how urban foxes coexist with humans.
Wednesday, 11th November 2020 at 8pm
This is a free event
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27th October. 7:45. Please follow the link to to book your place
Five years ago, researchers from the University of Bristol began a radio tracking project to study a Barbastelle bat colony in the Bovey Valley on the east of Dartmoor. The Woodland Trust commissioned the work together with Natural England, and the researchers set out to firstly find the roost trees and then to track the bats to their foraging sites. The aim of this research was to provide the woodland managers with information that could improve the habitat management for the species which is an oak wood specialist. The project was also set up to engage with a team of local volunteers who took an active role in tracking bats through the hours of the day and night.
The ‘Barbastelle Bats in the Bovey Valley’ talk is in three parts. Firstly Matt Parkins will look back at the initial stages of the project by revisiting a 2015 presentation, then he will describe how the knowledge gained from the research has led to an improvement of habitat management methods and the development of an additional modelling exercise that was designed to predict whether more undiscovered roosts may exist in the valley. The final part will be led by Tom Williams, where he will explain how he spent some time using recording equipment to discover whether that model would indeed find more locations where this scarce species roosts.
Further details of how to book onto this event to follow!
A new research project in Fingle Woods is studying how an area of woodland is recovering after the enforced felling of diseased larch. In this online talk, Matt Parkins (a dormouse ecologist) and David Rickwood (Fingle’s Site Manager), will describe the ways in which habitat management work is supporting the endangered dormouse and how this research adds to our knowledge of this endearing mammal.
Join them at the first online Fingle Lecture to learn more - the talk is free but booking is essential due to limited spaces. Book your ticket, which will contain details about how to join this virtual event.
The DWT are also doing an online Beaver talk on 17th September, free but limited spaces!
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