Why Scotland Needs Beavers, by Richard Horobin

Public talk

Billiard Hall, The Pearce Institute (G51 3UU)

Wednesday 2nd October, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Scotland has a variety of environmental problems, including flooding, soil erosion, water quality and biodiversity loss. What these problems have in common is that they could be ameliorated by a relatively simple intervention: maintaining and encouraging wetlands. We might try to do this for ourselves, but much better would be to encourage beavers to do the job. They’re good at it, they’re highly motivated and very persistent, and they’re cheap with it. But beavers and beaver wetlands would not be a free lunch: there would be costs and conflicts, albeit these could usually be mitigated.

Dr Richard Horobin is a biologist, consultant and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.

There’ll be a Members’ Meeting following the talk, open to everyone who’s interested, with a special focus:
Should we re-emphasise the ecology and natural science aspects of human ecology at CHE? If so, how should we go about this?

There’ll be plenty of space but to help us keep track of numbers, please rsvp by emailing info@che.ac.uk

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