Please watch this space for talks which will take place from October 2022.
PAST TALKS 2021/22 SEASON
Tuesday 5 October 2021
Neil Kitching on CARBON AND REWILDING
Tuesday 2 November 2021 at 7.30 p.m.
Jack Wooton, Freshwater Ecologist and Eel Specialist, Forth Rivers Trust
THE FORGOTTEN FISH
Jack has worked in Freshwater Conservation for a number of years now with a particular focus on rare and unloved species. He founded the Forgotten Fish Project which is part of the Forth Rivers Trust that highlights the species which get little attention and even less conservation focus. As well as freshwater, Jack has worked with orangutan and other primates, but is always drawn back to water!
Please note that it is imperative to book in advance. Also please note that ideally you should start to link into the meeting in good time, and no later than10 - 15 minutes before the start, as the joining link will be locked once the meeting has started.
Tuesday 7 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m.
Chris Cathrine, Director of Caledonian Conservation Ltd and Vice Chair of SWT Stirling & Clacks
THE ROLE OF AN ECOLOGICAL CONSULTANT AND THE PLANNING SYSTEM
Chris has gained considerable experience of ecology and where it fits into legislation, policy, and planning, gained during 14 years as an ecological consultant, and four years working for NGOs and local authority. He has also authored three papers on devolved environmental legislation, written guidance, informed policy, and worked on all stages of developments. With this background he has engaged with planning from a range of angles, which has given him a broader understanding of the systems in Scotland, and how best to engage with them to benefit biodiversity.
Tuesday 1 February 2022 at 7.30 p.m
Stuart Bence, one of our young Committee members, on BRINGING WILDLIFE TO YOUR GARDEN.
Tuesday 1 March 2022 at 7.30 p.m.
Dr Katty Baird on HIBERNATING HERALDS: Underground adventure in search of Moths.
Katty is a volunteer for East Scotland Branch of Butterfly Conservation. She has been recording moths for about ten years, and gets most enjoyment from trying to get to know the ecology and behaviour of individual species in more detail. Recent subjects have included Old Lady, Mallow and Pimpinel Pug. The Hibernating Herald project was started at the end of 2016 in an effort to find out more about the distribution of Herald and Tissue moths in Scotland and is a citizen science project offering a fun diversion for moth recorders during the traditionally quieter winter months.
We usually (in CoViD-19 free times) meet in Stirling Indoor Bowling Club (SIBC) in Forth Street, Stirling, FK8 1UE. This is a large grey building with a big car park behind and to the side. It is the next building along from the Ten Pin Bowling Centre. The entrance is the same as for The Stirling Wood Centre, the Indoor Bowling Club being on your left. Talks usually start at 7.30pm with suggested donations of £3 (students/unemployed £1) including tea and biscuits. Our talks are open to all, whether or not you are a member of the SWT or from our area. They are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m.
Currently we deliver our talks via Zoom online meetings.
PAST TALKS 2020/21 SEASON
Tuesday 6 October 2020
Amphibians and Reptiles in Scotland
Chris Cathrine, Caledonian Conservation Ltd
Tuesday 3 November 2020
East Coast Sea Eagle Reintroduction
Owen Selly, RSPB's Conservation Officer - Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Tayside
Tuesday 1 December 2020
Nature Friendly Farming at Argaty Red Kites
Tom Bowser, Head Ranger at Argaty Red Kites
Tuesday 5 January 2021
From Magic to Medicine: Scottish Vernacular Plant Medicine
Gregory Kenicer, Botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Tuesday 2 February 2021
The Impact of Gardening on Wild Plant Populations
Roy Sexton, Past Chair, SWT Stirling and Clacks
7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 2 March
Bogs for Bugs - An introduction to bogs and the specialist invertebrates you find on them together with the conservation and restoration of peatlands around Falkirk.
Melissa Shaw, a member of our Committee and the Peatland Conservation Officer at Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
PAST TALKS 2019/20 SEASON
Tuesday 1 October 2019
The Survival and Dispersal Strategies of Moths and Butterflies
Jo Davis, Butterfly Conservation, West Scotland Group
Tuesday 5 November 2019
Golf Course Ecology (a brief look at environmental management)
James Hutchinson, BIGGA (The Greenkeepers' Association)
Sustainability in Golf (Our changing climate, resource efficiency and community engagement)
Carolyn Hedley, Scottish Golf
Tuesday 7 January 2020
The Work of the Scottish Raptor Group
Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management, RSPB, Scotland
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Our Catchment-wide Work on the Allan Water
Sandra Stewart, Project Officer for The Forth Rivers Trust Catchment-wide Work on the Allan Water
PAST TALKS 2018-2019 SEASON
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
What do birds get up to? Technology, tags and trackers
Ben Darvill (BTO)
Tuesday 6th November 2018
Tag'n'Track: All you need to know about Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Hayley Douglas (Tag 'n' track development officer)
Tuesday 4th December
The Flora of Central Scotland - 50 years of Change
Roy Sexton (SWT Stirling and Clacks) Combined meeting with Botanical Society of Scotland
Tuesday 8th January 2019
Perspectives in Marine Conservation
Linda Rosborough (Chair of SWT)
Tuesday 5th February 2019
Blood, Sweat and Deers
Lucy Webster (Wildlife DNA Unit at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture)
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Sir John Murray and Sir Wyville Thomson: Sons of the Forth and Leaders of the Great Challenger Expedition
Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Short AGM at 7.15 p.m. followed at 7.30 p.m.by
Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels
Mary-Anne Collis (Conservation Officer, SWT)