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Earthwatch - 'Living in Harmony with the Wild' Lecture

Andrew has suggested that we meet for the Earthwatch Lecture "Living in Harmony with Nature", which will take place at the Royal Geographical Society. Thanks for the great suggestion, Andrew! This is one in a series of Earthwatch Lectures, and should be fantastic and informative. I've attached below a synopsis from the website, and you can find out more information here:

* Even though it's free or by donation, you will need to reserve a ticket on the website. Please do this asap if you intend to come! *

I will be collecting a £2/person donation for Earthwatch on behalf of our group. If you can, please bring £2 to support their good work.

I propose that we meet at 6:30 pm near the entrance/ticketing area. I plan to be there by 6, because there is a reception going on, so do come early if you would like to be part of the reception as well. I realize that some people won't be able to arrive before 6:30, however, so am going to make that the official meeting time (if you've already arrived and are in the reception and we've not met up yet, just head over to the entrance for 6:30 to find us!). The actual lecture starts at 7.




As our growing population encroaches further into habitats on both sea and land, seeking to improve and protect our livelihoods, the contact between people and wildlife is growing. Across many parts of the world, wildlife is struggling to coexist with human activity in highly modified environments.

The extent and degree to which threatened wildlife can live peacefully with humans over the long-term is a serious conservation issue, with detrimental impacts including the unsustainable exploitation of a species, unwanted side-effects from local industries - such as by-catch from fisheries - or human-induced change in an environment that a species is dependent on. Conflict - and even fatalities - can occur due to direct competition for food and space.

Finding ways for humans and wildlife to live in harmony side by side will be crucial to not only species conservation, but also ecosystem health. This in turn will benefit human health, both now and in the future.

Join us at this first Earthwatch lecture of 2013, where we'll span land and ocean as three Earthwatch scientists discuss how they are working to improve the relationship between people and wildlife through their contrasting research projects.

From leopards and baboons in South Africa, to whales and dolphins in the Norwegian Ocean, Dr Russell Hill and Iva Kovacic will provide insight into the conservation challenges they face, and how science, education and sustainable activities may support effective long-term solutions to the benefit of both wildlife and people. Faced with growing economic development and a changing climate, planning for long-term species conservation has never been more challenging. Can we foster new solutions tonight?

Chairing this lecture, and fielding your questions, will be Dr. Dawn Scott, an Earthwatch scientist and Principal Lecturer in Ecology at the University of Brighton. Dawn investigates hyaena ecology in South Africa, and recently lent her expertise to appear on Channel Four's 2012 programme and nationwide urban fox study, "Foxes Lives: Wild in the City".


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  • Brenna

    A good overview of human-animal conflict in different parts of the world from some very knowledgeable and interesting speakers. Some group members commented, however, that it would have been good to hear more potential solutions for some of the problems. But overall excellent talks and evening, and a great crowd turned up for the meetup!

    March 7, 2013

  • Maria

    I am sorry i will not make it today :(

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cant make this now

    March 6, 2013

  • Ben

    Sorry to cancel at last minute.

    March 6, 2013

  • Brenna

    Hi Debbie. The link with information on the lecture and where to sign up is posted in the meetup description above, right near the top. You're probably not finding a description of it on the Geographic Society website because it's an Earthwatch Event, not a Geographic Society event - they just use the Geographic Society venue for their talks. :)

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Deborah M.

    Hi all. I've been on geographic societies website and am unable to find this event. Could someone possibly send the link? Many thanks. Debbie :)

    March 3, 2013

  • Malcolm

    Looking forward to attending.

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Looking forward to meeting fellow London nature lovers

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Rebecca

    This will be my first event with you : ) Looking forward to the lecture!

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Sammy S.

    really looking forward to this, would anyone be interested in having a wee bit of a social after somewhere? xx

    1 · February 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good idea

      February 22, 2013

    • Claire B.

      Sammy, great profile pic of Fizzcake.

      February 24, 2013

  • Petra

    Sorry I just read through this again, we are meeting at at 6.30 near the entrance/ticket area! :-)

    February 23, 2013

  • Petra

    Hi, Just wondering is there going to be a meeting point where we all gather before the lecture?

    February 23, 2013

  • Brenna

    Very good idea, Andrew! I'll definitely come. I'll announce this more and we can re-work the details about where/when to meet, etc., closer to the date. :)

    January 30, 2013

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