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Nature Organisations to Join & Volunteer With

The Wildlife Trust: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire.

Henry Stanier, Ecology Groups officer

The Manor House
Broad Street
Great Cambourne
Cambridge CB23 6DH

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


Thursdays: botanical surveying

Wildlife Recording:

  • Local Environmental Record Centres (LRC):

  • Bedfordshire and Luton:

  • John Dony Centre in Luton

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Project:


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: 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.