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Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust - Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday 20th November 2019, 19:30 p.m.

Where: Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road, Oadby, LE2 4LA

Summary: Annual General meeting with Guest speaker Professor Ian Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Ian Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University will be the guest speaker at this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

Professor Rotherham is a researcher, writer, and conservation campaigner who works with local and national media, and with conservation organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts.

Over nearly thirty years he has been working on trees, woods, and landscape-scale issues to promote a better understanding of how heritage and nature knit together and to develop new concepts of countryside history. Using evidence of ecological evolution, of indicator species, of environmental histories, and of map-based and archive-based materials, Ian has developed the concept of 'shadow woods' as lost 'Domesday landscapes', and of 'biodiversity time-capsules' with indicator plants and other species travelling through time and space to be in the modern landscape.

Working with colleagues across Europe, Ian has been driving forwards ideas on 'cultural landscapes' and 'cultural severance', whilst at the same time, leading discussions on the possibilities of 'rewilding'. As remarkable evidence of ecological systems largely now gone, the survival of 'shadow woods' from the medieval commons and wood-pastures which once dominated our countryside, provide a unique insight into a lost biodiversity. However, through the recognition of 'shadow woods' and the reappraisal of the richness and value of 'scrub' and ecotone habitats, these ideas provide ways to enmesh nature conservation and landscape history into future rewilding.

Ian is the author of over 500 academic papers, around 40 books, and many more popular articles. His talk will be Shadow Woods & Scrub - Lost Landscapes & the Cinderellas of Conservation – a fully illustrated whistle-stop tour through a thousand years of ecological history.

All members are welcome.

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