Where's the buzz?

Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Torrington Square,
United Kingdom

Where's the buzz? Bumblebee ecology and conservation

Bumblebees are charismatic members of our natural insect fauna

Speaker: Professor Mark Brown, Royal Holloway, University of London

Friday 25th October 2013, 18.30 - 20.00

Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.

Bumblebees are charismatic members of our natural insect fauna, both in the UK and across Europe, Asia and the Americas. They are essential pollinators of crops and wild flowering plants, and thus have both ecological and economic value. Consequently, their global decline is a significant concern. Their biology and ecology are a background to the history of their decline. Possible causes of this decline, including habitat loss, parasites and pesticides are discussed, before asking how we can combat these declines and maintain this essential part of our biodiversity. Finally, a recent programme to reintroduce an extinct species to the UK is described.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.

INVERTEBRATES AND US – the good the bad and the ugly
Free Lecture Series, Birkbeck, Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, supported by the Linnean Society of London

Invertebrates provide us with “ecological services” that many take for granted: they pollinate many of our crops, turn waste materials into fertile soil, provide food for birds and other animals, and assist us to control pests. But some invertebrates pose problems: they may themselves be pests in agriculture, or parasites on us. Invertebrates are easily ignored. This lecture series outlines the vital roles that invertebrates play in our lives.

Image: © Leonie Berwick

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