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Badgers & Lost Fens?

February 26, 2016

Not quite the Humberhead Levels, but two topics which might be of interest to our readers, details of events in Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire?

The Lost Fens – England’s Greatest Ecological Disaster
By Professor Ian D. Rotherham

(Ants and Nats) – OTTAWAY LECTURE

TUESDAY 1 MARCH 2016, 19.30 start 

all welcome, charge on the door or members

This illustrated talk is by well-known researcher, writer and broadcaster Professor Ian D. Rotherham and based on his highly regarded books, ‘The Lost Fens’ and ‘Yorkshire’s Forgotten Fenlands’. It tells the remarkable story of the forgotten fens and their drainage – here in 1600 but almost totally gone by 1900!

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Ian approaches the drainage of these amazing landscapes in the manner of a ‘who dunnit’ – who, how, where and why did the fens go so dramatically. The story is neither so simple nor as obvious as you might think – but come along to find out more, and also, read the books.

The theme also resonates with environmental issues today as storms, floods, and inundations threaten to take back the hard-won fens from farming and settlement. The recent floods along the coast and then this winter, inland, are all part of this story as climate change and intensive land-use tip the balance.

What does the past tell us? What does the future hold?

There will be a bookshop selling all sorts of books on history, landscape and wildlife, and you can find out more on Ian’s informative, occasionally challenging and entertaining blog Ianswalkonthewildside
And on UKEconet website

Details of all the (Ants and Nats) talks for 2016 are on Louth Museum’s website

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A reminder also that Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are hosting a talk by Patrick Barkham author of The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands.

The Badger: hero or villan?

Friday 4 March 2016 at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, DN22 8RQ

For satellite navigation please use the postcode DN22 8SG

Tickets: £10 & booking essential.  Or telephone IVRLC Tel: 01777 713 945 for more information.

Excellent home made food available in the cafe.


Diary dates & networking opportunities.

October 17, 2015

As Autumn gives way to Winter and the days draw in then perhaps it’s time to meet up with old friends or attend networking events and make new ones?  Two identification courses and three events are offered, details below.

The Northern England Raptor Forum annual conference is being held on Saturday 21 November 2015, it is being hosted by Calderdale Raptor Group and is to be held at Rishworth School, Rishworth, Halifax, HX6 4QA.  For more information and booking forms, click here.

The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society are holding their Annual Insect Show on Saturday 21 November 2015 Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University, on A612 just south of Southwell, nr Newark, Notts NG25 0QF 11am until 4.30pm. Admission and parking free.  Refreshments. Disabled access and toilets.  A chance to learn more about insects and their environments.  Many local societies, groups and individuals will be exhibiting and demonstrating live insects, preserved specimens and trapping and recording methods.  A small number of sales stands will be there, giving people a chance to buy books, insects, and insect related items.  Depending on the weather, there may be a moth watch afterwards. Contact Dave Budworth on 01283 215188

Prof. Ian D Rotherham and team, long standing friends and associates of the late OG are running a two day conference Oliver Gilbert: A life in ecology that marks the premature death ten years ago of a giant in nature conservation.  The conference is 13 & 14 November 2015 at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sphagnum identification courses, 19 & 26 November 2015 in Sheffield.

Waxcap identification courses, 15 & 29 October 2015 in the Sheffield area.

For more information about any of the three events above and booking forms contact the

Conference Team, HEC Associates, Venture House, 103 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NT

Tel: 0114 272 4227 email:





“In the Bog : The ecology, landscape, archaeology and heritage of Peatlands.”

September 1, 2014

Professor Ian D. Rotherham and colleagues are organising a major event on the theme of ‘Peatland Landscapes, Past, Present & Future’.  It will look at the history of human activity associated with peatland landscapes – heaths, moors, bogs, fens and commons; the ecology and archaeology of peatlands; the landscapes of peatlands and their neglected heritage; the conservation management of peatlands – problems and issues; and the future challenges with climate change and carbon sequestration.

The conference is supported by IPS, BES, IUCN UK Peatland, IUFRO, LCF, SHU, JBA Consulting and Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum.

3-5 September at the Workstation (Pasternoster Row) in Sheffield.  There is also a field trip on the Wednesday, Thursday & Friday are plenary and parallel themed sessions.

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The Forum will be taking publications and many will be offered at bargain prices.  We will also be presenting posters on recent activities and projects.  Why not come along, I believe there may still be some places available contact Christine Handley, BaLHRI / SYBRG Events Co-ordinator, Tel: 0114 272 4227; 00 44 (0)114 272 4227 or Email:

For more details of the programme and speakers click here.


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