BC Highland Branch AGM
Our AGM will be held on Saturday the 13th of April 2019 at:
The Kingsview Christian Centre, Balnafettack Road, Inverness IV3 8TF.
The AGM will start at 10.00am, but the room will be open from 9.30am for tea, coffee and a chat. After the AGM business has concluded, we’ll have the talks listed below, followed by lunch and go through a moth trap set the night before. Times are approximate. Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.
10.00 - 10.45 AGM
10.45 - 11.15 Talk: James Silvey - "Rearing Moths: Frass Happens".
11.15 - 11.45 Talk: Laura Shelbourn - "Montane Moth Monitoring"
11.45 - 12.00 break
12.00 - 13.00 Talk: Rosa Menendez - “Threats to northern butterflies at their southern range limit”
James Silvey works for RSPB Scotland on non-avian conservation projects including species such as dark bordered beauty moth and pearl bordered fritillaries. James is a keen moth-er with a particular interest in larvae and rearing. He has reared numerous species over the years, both common and rare, and subscribes to the Roy Leverton rule of rearing “you don’t fully know a species until you’ve reared it”.
Laura Shelbourn, a graduate of modern languages, is currently based at RSPB Insh Marshes just south of Aviemore. Through volunteering placements Laura has explored nature reserves and natural wonders the length and breadth of the UK: everywhere from Orkney to Devon, Cumbria to the Norfolk broads. An amateur moth-er, Laura loves any excuse to get out of doors and learn about the natural environment – if it sounds a little bonkers, she’ll probably volunteer.
Rosa Menendez is an insect ecologist interested in the effects of human induced environmental change (climate change and land use changes) on insect diversity and the ecosystem functions they drive. Butterflies and dung beetles are her primary groups of interest and she carries out research in both temperate and tropical regions. Her research also has a conservation focus, aiming to provide advice on the best management practices for promoting the conservation of insects. Rosa is based at Lancaster University where she is a lecturer.
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