University Centre Reaseheath is proud to launch its first Public Lecture Series.
These events are free and open to everyone.
Whichever of our Public Lectures is of interest to you, we look forward to welcoming you to the University Centre.
Love my River Project – Northwich and Nantwich update
Pete Attwood, Volunteer & Training Co-ordinator at Groundwork
Thursday 7th February 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
Love my River Project currently runs in the Northwich area, working with the community to raise awareness of local rivers and watercourses and involve people in looking after them.
Local volunteers help to investigate the condition of the river and take part in practical action to improve them. This includes walkover surveys which identify particular problems, citizen science including chemical, physical and biological testing on water quality to support the Environment Agency and conservation work, and practical action such as tree planting, litter picks, and controlling invasive non-native species.
In 2018/19 the Love My River Project is expanding into the Nantwich area, and developing partnerships, projects and funding proposals in the area, with further volunteering and student opportunities.
The Mersey Forest Project
Paul Nolan, Director of the Mersey Forest
Thursday 7th March 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands and green spaces across Cheshire and Merseyside, which has been creating ‘woodlands on your doorstep’ for 25 years. The Mersey Forest is a long term programme of environmental regeneration across Merseyside and North Cheshire, delivering economic as well as community and environmental benefits.
The Mersey Forest is created with people, not just for people – bringing a whole range of social benefits. There are a variety of community initiatives and ways to get involved including forest schools, wood allotments and community activities. The project contributes both directly and indirectly to the economy – through creating jobs, reducing ill-health and showing off the North West at its best.
Our environment faces serious challenges, ranging from climate change to habitat fragmentation. The Mersey Forest is playing a vital role in the local response by creating new woodland, widely acknowledged as a key player in the development of the “green infrastructure” approach in the North West. Green infrastructure is the region’s life support system – the network of natural environmental components and green and blue spaces that lies within and between the North West’s cities, towns and villages which provides multiple social, economic and environmental benefits.
Woodlands, hedgerows and ponds created as part of The Mersey Forest provide shelter for wildlife and connect together areas of valuable habitat. A strategically planned, well connected landscape will help wildlife move to new locations as temperatures rise due to climate change.
Does your feed help health and wellbeing for your equine?
Caroline Dickens, Area Feed Advisor for Baileys Horse Feeds
Thursday 4th April 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
Could your equine have more or less energy? Could you equine have a better skin/coat or hoof? Come and listen to how easy and cost effective it can be, emphasising the importance of a balanced diet and particularly of quality fibre, Caroline’s message is that horses need to chew for 16 – 18 hours a day due to their anatomy and that denying them this natural behaviour can lead to excess acid in the stomach and accompanying physical and behavioural problems. The key to good management is achieving a balance between concentrated feed and fibre, resulting in a calm but energetic equine of the correct weight and with healthy skin, coat and hooves. Equine obesity and associated health problems, such as Laminitis and joint strain, are causing concern among Vets and Equine Specialists. Caroline herself has experienced a considerable rise in the number of cases requiring specialised diets to deal with the results of overfeeding and over rugging.
The Mammals of Cheshire
Tony Parker, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at World Museum Liverpool, County Mammal Recorder for Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester
Thursday 2nd May 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
An exploration of the terrestrial and marine mammals which are regularly seen in the Cheshire region, focusing on identification, conservation issues, observation and recording. Tony has been studying mammals in the region for over 30 years is currently the County Recorder for mammals in North West England. Tony runs regular survey training sessions for both Cheshire and Lancashire Wildlife Trusts and has contributed to two publications on local mammal fauna.
Starting an Organic Farm from scratch
Ian Madej, Farm Owner
Thursday 6th June 2019, 7.30 – 9pm
Mere Brow is a 13.5 acre smallholding that has a primary crop of fruit and nut trees. The farm is currently going through organic conversion and aims to follow permaculture principles in its day to day practices. The farm has 3 full time employees and is supported by up to 20 regular volunteers. The farm is aiming to open up to local community members, schools, and groups who have an interest in working in a natural environment. Ian will talk about how the farm was started from scratch, why they chose organic and permaculture methods, how they assessed and mapped the land, creating a design for the farm. The lecture will also cover edible forests and forest gardening, including implementation, and how the farm is now supported by the local community.
University Centre Reaseheath – Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DF
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