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WANTED: Archive Volunteers, Ipswich

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Come to the Hold in Ipswich and help us in the search for sites identified as potential ancient woodland or ancient wood pasture and parkland on historic maps.

Mondays, through the summer of 2024

  • 22nd, 29th July
  • 5th, 12th, 19th August

Please contact: Hannah Alred, [email protected], for more details or to book a date.




Biodiversity Net Gain

The government has updated the timetable for Mandatory BNG, which was set to commence in November 2023. Developers in England will now be required to deliver 10% “Biodiversity Net Gain” from January 2024 onwards when building new housing, industrial or commercial developments, meaning by law they must deliver a net positive for the local environment, for example, by creating new habitats and green spaces. Biodiversity Net Gain for small sites will still be applicable from April 2024, and implementation for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects remains planned for 2025.




No let-up in the decline of our wildlife

The UK’s wildlife is continuing to decline, according to the State of Nature Report 2023.

Like most other countries worldwide, the UK has seen a significant loss of its plants, animals and fungi. The data from the State of Nature cover, at most, 50 years, but this follows centuries of habitat loss, development and persecution. As a result, the UK is now one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth.

But the reasons for the decline are clear, and we know conservation actions deliver results for nature. We have never had a better understanding of the State of Nature and what is needed to fix it.

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Events

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Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management: Badger Ecology & Surveys

In-person Training • Level: Beginner - Intermediate

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Brecks events: Superheroes – Yoga & Mindfulness Summer Camp

Kick start your summer holidays with a thrilling day of superhero-themed fun at our summer yoga day camp! West Stow Country Park
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Biological Recording Company: Invertebrate Study Day

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Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management: Hazel Dormouse: Handling and Survey Methods

In-person Training • Level: Beginner - Intermediate

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Field Studies Council: Seal Field Skills to Inform Conservation

Location: Virtual, Duration: 4 weeks, Price: £75.00, Level: Intermediate, Tutor: Sue Sayer
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Butterfly Conservation, Suffolk: Woodland Walk for Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admiral

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Woodland Walk for Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admiral
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Brecks events: Natural Dyeing Workshop

Join us at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village for a beginner’s workshop in using natural dyes. Try your hand at plant-based dyeing and learn how the Anglo-Saxons dyed their cloth and the colours they used. West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
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Anglian Microscopy Group: Pollen slides

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Making glycerin jelly & LOCA pollen slides • Crowfield Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ 
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Field Studies Council: Further Your Suffolk Wildflower Skills

Location: Flatford Mill, Duration: 3 days Price: £205 - £292, Level: Open to all, Tutor: Alanna Cooper
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Bat Conservation Trust: Inclusion Challenges and Opportunities for Bat Groups - online gathering

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An opportunity for us to gather and explore the challenges and opportunities around inclusion for bat groups across the British Islands. We can exchange ideas, share tips and advice, explore challenges and discuss what learning, research or resources might help us all to be more inclusive and get more people involved with bat conservation. Bring your questions, success stories or challenges - wherever you and your bat group are on your inclusion journey, everyone is welcome. This is a free event. There is an option at booking to give a donation. This will go towards supporting the important work of bat groups through the Partner Group Support Fund: awarding grants and contributing time to bat group projects, and bursary places to the National Conference. Please consider giving an optional donation to help us continue to offer financial support that keeps up with increasing costs.
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Mammal Society: Tracks and Signs In-person Workshop

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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Wildflower Patches Cut & Rake

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Steeple Bumpstead
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Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management: Design considerations for BNG river and stream enhancement

Online Training • Level: Beginner - Intermediate

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Bat Conservation Trust: Scoping Surveys for Arborists - online

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In this Lantra-accredited course, developed by the Bat Conservation Trust and supported by the Arboricultural Association, we will provide you with the awareness of bat ecology, behaviour and legal knowledge you need to carry out tree works with consideration for the potential effects on bats and their habitats. Through a self-guided practical task, our expert tutors will also help you to practice applying method for assessing bat potential trees, identifying any risk of roost destruction or bat disturbance and, where necessary, to seek assistance. This course is the first in a series of 2 courses is designed for to give arboriculture professionals a comprehensive awareness of bats. Participants do not need any prior knowledge before attending this course. Please note this is a basic awareness course - it will not give participants the knowledge or skills to carry out full bat surveys. Enquire for discount details: [email protected]
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Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management: Introduction to the Biodiversity Metric Watercourse Module

Online Training • Level: Beginner - Intermediate

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Mammal Society: Marine and Coastal Mammals of Western Scotland

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Halesworth Millennium Green: Bat evening walk

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With bat surveyor and enthusiast Alan Miller to look (and listen with detectors) for bats on the Green. Come and enter the twilight world of these airborne insect-predators. Some bats weigh no more than a 2p piece but can pack away 500 insects an hour. Will we find the same species as in our 2016 survey? If you’ve got a bat detector, please bring it along.
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Biological Recording Company: Invertebrate Study Day

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Field Studies Council: Discovering Trees

Location: Virtual, Duration: 4 weeks, Price: £60.00, Level: Introductory, Tutor: Gini Morandi
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Mammal Society: Beaver Ecology and Conservation (online) workshop

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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape:  Wet Meadow Management

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Rum Bridge Fisheries, Clare
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Anglian Microscopy Group: Bee legs

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Making slides (suitable for BBKA assessment) • Crowfield Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ
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Mammal Society: Dormouse Ecology & Conservation - In-person

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Field Studies Council: Ecology, Surveying and Conservation of Dormice

Location: Flatford Mill, Duration: 2 days Price: £250, Level: Beginner to Early Intermediate, Tutor: Alison Looser
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Suffolk Bird Group: Frampton Marsh

Outdoor meeting. Leader: Adam Faiers
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Field Studies Council: Discovering UK Otters: Biology, Ecology and Conservation

Location: Virtual, Duration: 3 weeks, Price: £45.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Vivien Kent
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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape:  Sedge Cutting

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Foxearth Meadows Local Nature Reserve
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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Wetland Site Activity

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Royal Entomological Society: International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2024) – External Event

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Meet the RES at the international insect science event in Kyoto, Japan.
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Field Studies Council: Fungi Field Skills

Location: Virtual, Duration: 2 weeks, Price: £30.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Ali McKernan
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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape:  Grassland Management

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Long Melford Green
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Field Studies Council: Discovering Ferns

Location: Virtual, Duration: 3 weeks, Price: £45.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Henry Miller
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Field Studies Council: Botanical Anatomy

Location: Virtual, Duration: 3 weeks, Price: £60.00, Level: Intermediate, Tutor: Dr Karen Van Oostrum
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Species Recovery Trust: Around Britain in 25 Grasses Online

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Field Studies Council: Bird Field Skills

Location: Virtual, Duration: 2 weeks, Price: £20.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Anne Brenchley
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Field Studies Council: Discovering Marine Ecology

Location: Virtual, Duration: 4 weeks, Price: £60.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Ian Powell
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Biological Recording Company: Bees and Beyond: Ecosystem Services at a Garden Scale

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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Cutting/Popping of Alder

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Royal Entomological Society: South West Online Meet-up

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Are you based in the South West of England? This informal online meet-up is an opportunity to meet Liz Evesham, our regional representative, to discuss opportunities for activates in the local area.
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Mammal Society: Beaver Ecology and Conservation (in-person) workshop

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Suffolk Bird Group: Southold Shelter

Outdoor meeting. Leader: Gi Grieco
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Species Recovery Trust: Around Britain in 30 Bryophytes Online

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Royal Entomological Society: Ento24: Online

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Join us online for Ento24, our flagship conference dedicated to insect science, with opportunities to present your work and hear the latest research from the global entomological community.
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London Natural History Society: Tropical Plant Families in London by Daniel Cahen

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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: tbc

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Field Studies Council: Discovering UK Seals: Identification, Ecology and Conservation

Location: Virtual, Duration: 4 weeks, Price: £60.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Sue Sayer 
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Species Recovery Trust: Around Britain in 20 Ferns and their Allies Online

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Bat Conservation Trust: Advanced Bat Survey Techniques

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Combining 1 theory day online with three days and two nights in Dorset, attendees will be given theoretical and practical experiences of acoustic lures, harp traps, mist nets and radio tracking. The course will investigate the application of these techniques in line with the BCT’s Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines. The course is suitable for experienced bat surveyors wishing to gain practical experience towards obtaining advanced bat survey licences. It is also possible to just book the online theory day if you are already involved with practical activities locally. Data collected from the course will feed into current research taking place in the area. The field sites are in Dorset and 13 species of bats have been caught in the area.
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Biological Recording Company: Can Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Birds Replace Site Surveys?

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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Green Lane Management

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Buntry Lane, Kedington
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Biological Recording Company: A World of Wasps: Researching the Ichneumonid Wasps

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Field Studies Council: Bee Conservation

Location: Virtual, Duration: 12 hours, Price: £10.00, Level: Beginner, Introductory, Tutor: Self Led - No Tutor  
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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Wader Fencing Removal

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Shotley
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Suffolk Bird Group: Shingle Street and Hollesley Marshes

Outdoor meeting. Leader: Steve Fryett
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Mammal Society: Mammal Tracks and Signs Workshop

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Anglian Microscopy Group: Insect wings

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Making slides of insect wings (suitable for BBKA) • Crowfield Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ
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Biological Recording Company: Earthworms of the UK Part 2

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Field Studies Council: Discovering Lichens

Location: Virtual, Duration: 4 weeks, Price: £60.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Petra Vergunst  
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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Meadow Management

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Field Studies Council: Discovering Tracks and Signs

Location: Virtual, Duration: 2 weeks, Price: £30.00, Level: Introductory, Tutor: Dan Puplett  
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Suffolk Bird Group: Estonia – A tale of two seasons

Talk by Gi Grieco • Hintlesham Community Centre, Timperleys, Hintlesham IP8 3PS • 7.30pm • £3, non-members most welcome; full-time students free.
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London Natural History Society: Fishes and Habitats of the Thames Estuary by Wanda Bodnar

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Mammal Society: Dormouse Ecology & Conservation - In-person

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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Leaky Dam Building

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Tiger Hill, Assington
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Biological Recording Company: Sow Wild! and Insect Identification

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Biological Recording Company: Damselflies of the UK Part 1

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Field Studies Council: Discovering Seabirds: Identification, Ecology, and Conservation

Location: Virtual, Duration: 3 weeks, Price: £45.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Jack Lucas   
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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Blackthorn Hedge Coppicing

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Viking Forest, Shotley
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Field Studies Council: Birdwatching: Autumn Migration

Location: Flatford Mill, Duration: 3 days Price: £205 - £292, Level: Open to all, Tutor: Carl Chapman
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Biological Recording Company: Seahorses of the UK: Conservation and Research

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Biological Recording Company: Fungi Field Recorder Day

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Royal Entomological Society: Online Talk – Ecological Entomology

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Join us for our October online talk given by the Royal Entomological Society\\'s President Elect, Jane Stout of Trinity College Dublin. In association with our journal Ecological Entomology and free for members.
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London Natural History Society: Research in Rewilding: the Good, the Bad and the Boaring by Connor Lovell

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Mammal Society: Grey Long-eared Bats: Ecology, roosts and survey techniques

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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Rhododendron / Snowberry Control

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Polstead
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Suffolk Bird Group: Landguard Bird Observatory

Outdoor meeting. Leader: Nigel Odin
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Field Studies Council: Discovering Water Voles: Biology, Ecology and Surveying

Location: Virtual, Duration: 3 weeks, Price: £45.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Vivien Kent   
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Mammal Society: Water Vole Ecology, Mitigation and Live-Capture Techniques

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Field Studies Council: Discovering Bryophytes

Location: Virtual, Duration: 4 weeks, Price: £60.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Diego Sánchez-Ganfornina  
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Suffolk Bird Group: East Anglia’s Rivers and Coasts: From river snorkelling to world heritage

Talk by Nicola Crockford, RSPB • Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4AU • 7.30pm • £3, non-members most welcome; full-time students free.
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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Heathland Management

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Bixley
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Field Studies Council: Autumn Fungi: Introduction and Beginner Identification

Location: Flatford Mill, Duration: 2 days Price: £160, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Chris Ford
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Butterfly Conservation, Suffolk: Suffolk Butterfly Conservation A.G.M & Members Afternoon 2024

Norfolk AGM 2019 Butterfly Brothers Q&A

Suffolk Butterfly Conservation A.G.M & Members Afternoon 2024
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Mammal Society: Wild boar ecology and survey skills for large nocturnal mammals

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Anglian Microscopy Group: Marine Plankton

Various small planktonic life forms seen under the microscope
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Guest speaker Elizabeth Beston - SUNDAY MEETING! • Crowfield Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ
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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Rhododendron Control

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East Bergholt
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Suffolk Bird Group: Walton on the Naze

Outdoor meeting. Leader: Ashley Gooding
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Suffolk Bird Group: Birding in Sichuan, China and the Kruger Challenge, South Africa

Talk by Sarah Glyde • Hintlesham Community Centre, Timperleys, Hintlesham IP8 3PS • 7.30pm • £3, non-members most welcome; full-time students free.
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Royal Entomological Society: New Scientist Live 2024 – External Event

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New Scientist Live 2024 Sat 12  - Sun 13  Oct | Schools\\' Day Mon 14 Oct  ExCeL Centre London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL Come and see the RES at New Scientist…
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Royal Entomological Society: Insects as Food and Feed: Delivering insect proteins in the UK

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We are delighted to welcome back our annual Insects as Food and Feed (IAFF) conference in partnership with Michelmores. Join us to hear the latest information and take part in discussions outlining new developments and challenges that face the IAFF sector.
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Field Studies Council: Identifying Broadleaf Trees in Winter

Location: Virtual, Duration: 3 weeks, Price: £45.00, Level: Beginner, Tutor: Gini Morandi  
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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Cut & Rake

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Sizewell
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Suffolk Bird Group: Orfordness weekend trip

Outdoor meeting. Leaders: Gi Grieco and Eddie Bathgate
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Royal Entomological Society: Orthoptera Special Interest Group (SIG) 2024

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Join our Orthoptera Special Interest Group event on the conservation of grasshoppers, crickets and related insects.
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London Natural History Society: How Big is a Buttercup? by John Warren and Botany Section AGM

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Bat Conservation Trust: British bats, their ecology and conservation - 6 session course

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Online course with 6 live, weekly workshops lasting 60-90 minutes online with opportunities to interact with the tutors on Zoom and ask your questions. Recordings of each session will be available afterwards for 1 month. You can book individual sessions if you are particularly interested in one or two topics, or book all six for a full overview of British bats.
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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Rhododendron Control

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East Bergholt
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Field Studies Council: Seal Field Skills to Inform Conservation

Location: Virtual, Duration: 4 weeks, Price: £75.00, Level: Intermediate, Tutor: Sue Sayer
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Royal Entomological Society: Sustainable Agriculture: Innovations in research and practice

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Join our Sustainable Agriculture Special Interest Group (SIG) for a day delving into the latest innovations in research and practice across agricultural entomology.
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Field Studies Council: Bee Nesting Ecology

Location: Virtual, Duration: 2 weeks, Price: £30.00, Level: Intermediate, Tutor: Aaron Bhambra
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London Natural History Society: Hampstead Heath Survey Section AGM and Virtual Talk - details tbc

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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Plantation Thinning

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Trimley Marshes
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Suffolk Bird Group: Dunwich

Outdoor meeting. Leader: David Walsh
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Anglian Microscopy Group: Owl pellets

Owl pellets
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Owl pellet dissection, prey species identification • Crowfield Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ
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London Natural History Society: Rewilding Our Skies: Bringing Back the White Stork and London Bird Club AGM

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Field Studies Council: Native Winter Tree Identification at Flatford Mill

Location: Flatford Mill, Duration: 4 days Price: £299 - £427, Level: Open to all, Tutor: Ros Bennett
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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: tbc

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Arger Fen
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London Natural History Society: What Have Trees Ever Done For Us? by Peter Thomas and Botany AGM

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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Plantation Thinning

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Trimley Marshes
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Suffolk Bird Group: Lynford Arboretum

Outdoor meeting. Leader: Val and Ivan Lockwood
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London Natural History Society: London Natural History Society AGM and Virtual Talk - details tbc

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London Natural History Society: Notes on Beeing an LNHS Recorder by Tony Madgwick -Ecology & Entomology AGM

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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: tbc

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Arger Fen
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London Natural History Society: The Missing Musk and the Underground Mosquito by Bob Gilbert and LNHS AGM

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Volunteering with Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Landscape: Hedge Planting & Aftercare

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Suffolk Bird Group: Shotley Gate

Outdoor meeting. Leader: Anne Wright
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Volunteering with Dedham Vale National Landscape: Hedge Planting & Aftercare

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tbc
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Anglian Microscopy Group: Christmas plants

Damaged plant cells at 250X magnification.
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Making slides from Christmas plant sections & pollen • Crowfield Village Hall, Stone Street, Crowfield, Suffolk, IP6 9SZ
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Royal Entomological Society: Verrall Lecture 2025

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Join us at our 2024 Verrall Lecture given by Professor Iain Couzin, Director of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. This is a public event and free for all to attend.
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