Posts Tagged ‘Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre’

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.



Conservation courts controversy?

December 5, 2015


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Readers who have not heard the inspirational or infuriating (depends on your perspective) conservationist Mark Avery speak are encouraged to head for Nottinghamshire next Friday, 11 December 2015. 

Doors of the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre open at 6.30pm with the talk starting at 7.30pmQ&A session and book signing follow.

The lecture 10 New Year’s resolutions for the wildlife enthusiast who wants to make a difference.  How many of us have already responded to his appeals?  But if you need persuasion beyond the written word or blog post then brave the elements and meet the man ….

Avery rallies and unites?  Whilst others continue controversial ‘conservation’?



Birders Against Wildlife Crime Annual Conference 2016

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March 2016


The Brunel Institute, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY

One Day Ticket – £50 or Two Day Ticket – £75

The 2015 conference was fantastic in terms of motivational and inspirational speakers, so two days planned for 2016 is surely an indication that the momentum continues apace?  The 2016 venue has greater capacity so even better chance that the information and exposure of illegal raptor persecution (amongst various wildlife crimes) is spread exponentially ….  

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