Cambridge Natural History Society

1st March 2021

Cambridge Natural History Society has put its talks online this term.

Below are details of the next four. All are by Zoom and start punctually at 7:30 pm.

The Zoom link is not publicly available, but all members will be sent the links for the talks. If the talk is recorded members will be sent a link to allow them to hear it again or if they were unable to attend, at their leisure. If you would like to join the talks, membership costs only £6 (£5 if paid by standing order).

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Upcoming talks:

Thursday 4th March
Wildlife Gardening: myths and realities

Stephen Head is a founder Trustee of the Wildlife Gardening Forum (, the only charity dedicated to promoting the importance for biodiversity of domestic gardens.  Did you know that gardens are the most biodiverse habitat in Britain? Steve will present a general background on garden wildlife, and focus on some of the myths and misconceptions that have held ecologists and gardeners back.


Thursday 11th March
Bringing back beavers

Josh Harris, a recent graduate from Cambridge now working for the Beaver Trust, will talk about beavers and how reintroducing them can restore our rivers.


Thursday 18th March
Wild Reach – wildlife conservation at the Fen edge

Steve Boreham will talk about conservation and rewilding initiatives around the fen edge village of Reach.


Thursday 25th  March
Wildlife and development: is there sufficient protection?

Kevin Hand, ecologist, wildlife travel leader and CNHS Vice President, will talk about how to monitor “protected” UK mammals, what protection wildlife legislation is meant to provide and what really happens, and the lessons he has learnt from monitoring wildlife and meeting activists on the route of HS2. This talk should appeal to those interested in the ecology of our rarer mammals, and in how proposed rural development plans work on the ground.