Cookham-born Nigel Stork is a leading world expert on biodiversity, most recently Dean of Research for Sciences at Australia’s Griffith University before retiring and being appointed Emeritus Professor at the university. His particular field of study has been insect biodiversity patterns in forests across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia as well as Australia. The author of more than 180 articles and editor of 10 books, his most cited research is on tropical forest diversity and estimating the magnitude of both global species richness and extinction rates.
He also served on the UK National Biodiversity Committee and was a lead author of the 1994 UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
He will bring this exceptional experience to his talk and will relate it to more local issues – for example, urban biodiversity, public parks and golf courses – all of which is highly relevant to our own local challenges.
This should be a fascinating talk, made more relevant by Nigel’s own childhood and early years in Cookham.
There is also an opportunity to have a short guided tour by head gardener Uel McGowan around part of the 200-acre riverside gardens at the John Lewis Partnership’s Odney Club. Register for one of two tours at the Odney Club from 6pm: spaces limited. The bar in the Sir Bernard Miller Centre will be open from 6pm to 7.30pm, so come and make an evening of it!
There will be no charge for attending the event but a donation to Wild Maidenhead and WildCookham funds will be welcome.