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Thursday, 13 October 2016

'The 'inside story' of a London ecology officer's work' by Dr Iain Boulton

'The 'inside story' of a London ecology officer's work' by Dr Iain Boulton

Looking after London's wildlife is a huge and fascinating job.

Expect a real insight into what it takes to look after the astonishing variety of species that lives in our capital as Iain, from the Borough of Lambeth, talks about the challenges of a borough ecologist's job.

There will be wildlife eye-openers: for instance, we have never seen so many sparrowhawks and kestrels in our parks as in the last year.

Iain will also talk about mistletoe, fish, amphibians and much else besides. He will weave in issues that are sometimes tricky and controversial, and others that are amusing and productive.

As Iain says on bird conservation and bird management issues:
'One thing that does keep cropping up in my work is people's attitudes to birds, their often misinformed perceptions of them, and often the assumption that we as a local authority have immense powers (and resources!) to deal with these matters - whether it's to protect certain species or to deal with what some view as pests and nuisances.'

Venue: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0BD
The talk starts at 6.45 pm
RSPB members £4, Non-members £5, Under 16's free
Everyone is welcome, no need to book

Tea, coffee and biscuits available before the talk.
Doors open 6.15 pm

How to find us: Easy to get to (near Harrods)
Tube: Kightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 5-8 mins' wakl; Sloan Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.

Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14,74,414,C1 (Brompton Rd, passing western end of Beauchamp Place); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St, passing eastern end of Pont St).

Parking: some around the church (free after 18.30h); we are outside the congestion charge zone.

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