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Now, onto the talks. The first talk was by Steve Rowland and was about The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project. This was mainly talking about transforming plots of land into something that wildlife can thrive in, recreating habitats that have been lost or are threatened. The main example was Wallasea Island. This was one of the largest projects that the RSPB has ever undertaken. They were working with farmers and land owners. They are still working on this project now but when it is finished they are saying that is going to be one of the best reserves they have.
|A Great Crested Grebe nesting in the middle|
of the University of York
After this it was tea and coffee break but all I really did was look at the birds outside as you can see in the pictures. I did notice though that there was a stand that was highlighting the investigation work the RSPB do into wildlife crime.
|A gaggle of Snow Geese outside of the conference|
The final talk that I stayed for was by Dave Lamacraft the Senior Conservation Officer for Plantlife. The talk was called Working with Plantlife in Wales. The main aspect of the talk was how when the RSPB and Plantlife joined forces, they were able to help some of our lichen and plant species. He also talked about all the different types of plant in the Temperate Rainforest or Celtic Rainforest. These are very important to a wide range of lesser plants (lichens, mosses, liverworts etc.).
Here is the link to the page on the RSPB for the Member's Weekend:
It was a great morning, the talks taught me a lot. It struck me though that I was the only young person there which was a shame. There were lots of friendly people that obviously care about nature a lot. Young people though need to know about the work that is going on and to be inspired to care about our wildlife too - I wonder if there`s going to be a young members weekend sometime, RSPB?
Hope you enjoyed,