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Nature Organisations to Join & Volunteer With

The Wildlife Trust: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire.

http://www.wildlifebcn.org/

Henry Stanier, Ecology Groups officer

The Manor House
Broad Street
Great Cambourne
Cambridge CB23 6DH

ecologygroups@wildlifebcn.org

http://www.wildlifebcn.org/volunteer

Wednesdays Conservation Management Volunteering

Scrub clearing with Andy Fleckney

The Wildlife Trust: Hertfordshire and Middlesex:

Carol Lodge (MIEEM)
Wildlife Sites Programme Manager

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Grebe House, St Michael’s Street

St Albans, Hertfordshire

AL3 4SN
carol.lodge@hmwt.org

Thursdays: botanical surveying

Wildlife Recording:

  • Local Environmental Record Centres (LRC):

http://www.wildlifebcn.org/lrc

  • Bedfordshire and Luton:

http://www.bedscape.org.uk/BRMC/newsite/index.php

  • John Dony Centre in Luton

http://www.luton.gov.uk/internet/transport_and_streets/walking/walking%20information/john%20dony%20field%20centre%20and%20nature%20conservation

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Project:

http://www.lhwg.org.uk/

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Conservation & Saving Our World

Aim of Category & Post:

To identify conservation areas that I’m interested in and practical applications areas of my PhD research (plant-herbivores interactions, plant chemistry, inorganic pollutants).

Conservation Areas:

Urban gardens

Nature reserves in polluted areas

Set aside areas, nearby areas of agricultural run-off

Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) – areas of land where natural features and wildlife habitats exist alongside housing, roads and food production.

Practical application areas of PhD research:

  • Nature after minerals:http://www.afterminerals.com/ Converting mineral extraction area to conservation areas.
  • Biofortification of food: Increasing the trace mineral content of crops through identifying plants traits or population traits that have naturally higher mineral uptake and mineral concentrations. Determining the ecological effects of this – food chain, biomagnification, effects on the soils, litter decomposition.
  • Phytoremediation of inorganic, organometallic and organic pollutants
  • Conservation of hyperaccumulating plants

Further Theoretical Areas of PhD research:

  • Elemental defence hypothesis: Joint Effects Theory, Accumulators and elemental defence, population differences.