Kingsweston and Blaise Castle Estates - Professor Kathryn Monk

Professor Monk will give a short presentation about the estate of Grade I listed Kingsweston House and then will continue onward to Repton's 18th century landscaped Blaise Estate, SSSI and Roman road.

Romantic ruins, poisonous past - Vivienne Crow

Whilst Gunnerside Gill looks idyllic, it’s not always been so peaceful. Explore the lead mining history, the poisonous processes, and look at the legacy left behind by this once-deadly industry.

Iran - Ian Gilchrist

In this talk, Ian Gilchrist reflects on the time he spent in Iran from 1976 to 1979 and again in 2019, and offers observations on what has changed and what has not.

Building, health, hope and happiness through the power of nature - Tom Brown

[Online] Tom will outline the methods used by Green Light Trust to have such lasting effects on the lives of the people they support. During the talk, you will hear from the people the trust supports and learn about its novel approach to measuring its impact.
 

Tavistock World Heritage Site: copper, cottages and canal - Andrew Thompson

After a talk on Tavistock World Heritage Site, Andrew will lead a walk around Tavistock, including to the canal and the Bedford Cottages.

Island of the Fairy Tern - Andy Lester

[Online] Come on a journey around St Helena and encounter the wildlife and landscapes of one of the most remote corners of the planet.
 

Two woods on the Summer Solstice - Martin Haslett

Martin Haslett leads a three mile walk between two community woodlands which both encourage wildlife diversity and community involvement.

Fellows, members and supporters evening

Join us in the historic town of Chichester for an evening of short presentations on geography-related topics and personal journeys, hosted by the Society's South committee (subject to live events being possible).

Penguins, albatross and whales: Natural history of South Atlantic - Carl Chapman

[Online] Carl Chapman, the founder of Wildlife Tours and Education will talk about penguins, albatross and whales, drawing from his wealth of experience in ecotourism and natural history tours.

The research and activities of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust - David Colbourne

[Online] An insight into the research and activities of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust, focusing on the unique habitat and wildlife of the estuary.
 

A landscape partnership, what do they look like in the landscape? - Keith Tomkins

This walk will look at the Sheffield Lakeland Project. You will be able to see physical work on the ground together with hearing about (and possibly seeing) how other ‘community’ based initiatives link to these ‘capital’ works.

Britain’s summer snows - Iain Cameron

[Online] Join Britain’s preeminent chionophile as he discusses where and why Britain’s snow lasts the longest, why he studies it, and how it can be seen as a record of climate change.

COVID-19, transport and green recovery? - Dr Llinos Brown

[Online] A discussion of how travel has changed in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this might mean for a green recovery.

 

Zero carbon Sheffield: the challenge of 2030- John Grant

Sheffield City Council has declared a climate emergency and has established a plan to become zero carbon by 2030. What are challenges it faces in achieving this ambitious target?

Maps for local and family history - David Rymill

[Online] This talk will explore some of the most common types of maps found in county archives, which provide insights into the history of local communities.

Navigating our way towards a plastic free ocean

[Online] Sally Earthrowl, an environmentalist and adventurer, has spent the last three years at sea with eXXpedition reseaching the North Pacific Gyre plastic pollution solutions

 

HMS Endurance in Antarctica - Rear Admiral Nick Lambert

[Cancelled] Nick takes a trip down memory lane with some reflections on the vitality of the marine environment.


 

Horseland Journey: the cultural role of horses through history - Vyvyan Wood-Gee

[Online] Horse's history on horseback: An epic 1500 miles journey on Fell ponies round Britain to discover the cultural importance of horses.

Port of Tyne: Challenges ahead in a changing world - Simon Brett

[Online] Simon will outline the challenges facing the Port of Tyne in the coming years as the ports industry had to adapt to a post-Brexit environment in which the green economy is becoming ever more important.
 

Biogeomorphology of wetlands in the drylands of southern Africa - Professor Michael Grenfell

[Online] Biota in the seasonal wetlands of southern Africa have developed adaptations to the cyclicity of constraint and opportunity. In this talk, we’ll explore patterns of ‘bumpy’ relief moderated by these biota that are  fundamentally important to understanding water and particulate distributions, biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem structure and function at landscape scale.

Land of the emerald forests - Andy Lester

[Online] A tour of Costa Rica’s habitats, which have more species than anywhere else on Earth. If Costa Rica has achieved this, why can’t the rest of us?

The girl who ran across Africa - Emma Timmis

[Online] Emma is the first person to run across Africa from Henties Bay, Namibia to Pemba, Mozambique. In this talk, she shares the lessons learned on this and other adventures.

Around the world with Nellie Bly - Rosemary Brown

[Online] Back in 1890, trailblazer Nellie Bly circled the globe faster than anyone ever had - in 72 days. 125 years later Rosemary followed in her global footsteps and has now written her biography.

The Perimeter: a photographic circumnavigation of Britain - Quintin Lake

[Online] Join us to hear from Quintin Lake about his photographic project The Perimeter, and see some of the amazing images that he captured around the coast of Britain on a journey where "each footstep leads to different surprises, beauty and strangeness".

Scrambles amongst the Alps: mountaineering in the 18th and 19th centuries - Andrew Thompson

[Cancelled] Why did people in the 18th and 19th centuries become fascinated by high mountains which had previously been regarded as desolate wastelands? What drove them, and especially the English, to risk their lives on perilous first ascents of unclimbed summits?

Can elephants and people safely coexist - Susie Offord-Woolley

[Online] India is home to 60% of the extant Asian elephant population and also has one of the highest human populations in the world. This has meant that pressure on available elephant habitat is ever increasing and has led to a high degree of human-elephant conflict.

The state of nature – and why should we even care? - Dr Mark Wright

[Online] In this Covid-19 world there has been a renewed interest in looking at our relationship with nature. This talk will explore what is the real state of nature and what underpins the significant changes we are seeing. Mark Wright is the Director of Science at WWF-UK.

Transparency and sustainability in global supply chains - Dr Toby Gardner

[Online] Toby Gardner will talk about the TRASE initiative’s groundbreaking work on creating transparency in global supply chains and its key role in tackling biodiversity loss and climate change. 

Disaster Relief: SARAID experiences from Haiti to Beirut - Rob Davis

[Online] Rob will talk on his work with SARAID, a British search and rescue charity, which responds to both national and international major incidents.

COVID-19 and the geography of disease dynamics - Professor Andy Tatem

[Online] Pandemics are nothing new for humanity. What is new however, is the speed by which local outbreaks can reach all parts of the planet. Professor Tatem will highlight the importance of geography in understanding disease spread, designing elimination strategies and planning for the next pandemic.

Urban hope - Andy Lester

[Online] Over three quarters of the UK population live in towns and cities, which are increasingly seen as vital areas for the future of nature. Is there good reason to believe that greening our built landscape will result in a better climate, greater biodiversity and improved mental and physical health?

Indigenous approaches to climate change: traditional knowledge and modern solutions - Kiliii Yüyan

[Online] Photographer Kiliii Yüyan illuminates stories of the Arctic and human communities connected to the land. Informed by ancestry, he explores the human relationship to the natural world from different cultural perspectives. 

Shannon Country: A river journey through time - Paul Clements

[Online] Paul Clements delves into the Shannon heartland on a foot-stepping quest to recreate the trip of Richard Hayward eighty years earlier.

Project UKFall: Retrieving meteorites and why it's important - Dr Luke Daly

[Online] Discover how projects like UKFall are tracking fireballs to recover meteorites, providing new insights into our solar system's history.

St Ives: the artists, the fisherfolk and the fishing industry - David Tovey

[Online] In this talk, David will discuss the transition of St Ives, a failing industrial town, into a prime tourist destination, facilitated by the arrival of the artists, the railway and the fishermen.

Landscape of Towers - Clive Dunn

[Online] There are over 250 lost or ruined churches and religious remains in Norfolk. Illustrating these with his sublime photographs, Clive will gives us a tour of these wonderful structures.
 

Desert exploration for the busy professional - Dr Alan Crofts

[Cancelled] Dr Alan Crofts, an accomplished organiser of independent exploratory expeditions in desert regions, will present an entertaining summary of conducting global expeditions to desert lands.