Abi Reade - The Tree Bee Society (16:30-17:00)
Abi Reade is one of the founders of The Tree Bee Society CIC, a Burscough based, non-profit organisation who has a core aim of protecting all of Britain’s Honey and Bumblebees. They look to rapidly increase the number of pollinators across the North West of England and do so through their Bee breeding program. They have become known for their International Green Apple Award winning Bumble Bee Rescue and Rehome service, collecting their awards at the Houses of Parliament.
Gaynor Pickering - Permaculture On Burscough Community Farm (17:00-17:30)
- What is Permaculture
- The main principles of Permaculture
- Examples of Permaculture Design
- How Permaculture is used on Burscough Community Farm
Graham Clarkson - Farmland and Birds (17:30-18:00)
- Why farmland birds are disappearing
- What we are doing locally
- What you can see at BCF and the surrounding area
- Join us on a walk in May or June
Alan Bedford - Small Mammal Monitoring And What It Tells Us (18:00-18:30)
This presentation will attempt to deal with why we would want to monitor small mammal numbers - including at Burscough Community Farm. It will then detail what is involved with the two main methods - direct monitoring (live trapping) and owl pellet analysis. It will illustrate the value of both methods by using data collected from the Trough of Bowland (live trapping) and locally in West Lancashire through both owl pellet analysis and live trapping. The exhibition display will have a range of traps for people to examine, owl pellets together with identification sheets, examples of dissected pellets and, for those who want to, facilities to dissect pellets themselves There will also be various photos and a display board and information for West Lancashire Wildlife. Alan is a former environmental lecturer from Edge Hill University and is also one of the founders of West Lancashire Wildlife.
Dr. Susan O’Halloran - The Health Benefits of Horticulture (18:30-19:00)
Susan is a retired doctor. She is a member and regular volunteer for Organic Veg Club and is out on the field in all weathers and will try her hand at most things on the farm. This has led her to appreciate the health benefits of horticulture and she has been looking into these. She will describe some of them and bring to light her own experience on why she takes time out to work on the land
Neil Hickson - Market Gardening and Community Supported Agriculture (19:00-19:30)
- What is a Market Garden.
- Community Supported Agriculture, an alternative food production model
- The how and why of Organic Veg Club
- Burscough Community Farm and its future.