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Sunday 30th September

Apple Day at Eastham Country Park

1.30 - 4 p.m.

Come and see the display table of local apples and try some juice made using our traditional wooden press. Mersey Morris Men will kindly entertain us during the afternoon.

Friday 12th October

AGM followed by a talk, “The Humboldt Current”

Room B, Heswall Hall, Heswall

7.30 p.m.

A talk by Jeff Clarke, Ecologist.

This talk explores the Humboldt Current and its amazing diversity of birds and marine mammals as well as the natural influences it has on the coastal landscapes of Chile and Peru. Our journey begins in sub-Antarctic Punta Arenas before travelling thousands of miles north to the arid desert of the Atacama. Along the way we will encounter iconic tubenoses and mighty whales that gather to feast on one the planet’s most productive cold currents.

Admission to the AGM is free but donations are welcome for the talk. All welcome.

Friday 9th November

“Underworld Connections: The Ecology of Symbiotic Mycorrhizal Fungi”

Room B, Heswall Hall, Heswall

7.30 p.m.

A talk by Professor David Johnson, University of Manchester.

Symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi are found in virtually all of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems but remain understudied compared to many other groups of organisms. In this talk, Professor Johnson will describe how these soil-borne symbiotic fungi play crucial roles in regulating numerous ecosystem processes through their interactions with plant roots. He will focus on the importance of measuring their diversity and function, their roles in nutrient cycling in natural ecosystems, and in facilitating plant to plant communication.

Admission £3. All welcome.

Friday 11th January 2019

‘Fire Management of Upland Moors’

Room B, Heswall Hall, Heswall

7.30 p.m.

A talk by Professor Rob Marrs, University of Liverpool.

A hot topic as they say in conservation circles. Upland moors are important habitats not only for conservation as cultural landscapes but also for carbon capture in peat and water provision. Their current management using prescribed fire for grouse is deemed by many conservation bodies to be inappropriate, and they call for a burning ban coupled with wetting up the moors. Alas, it is not so simple as the recent wildfires on the Pennines indicate. Professor Marrs will attempt to provide a balanced view of the issues involved using ongoing research in the North Pennines.

Admission £3. All welcome.