Wildlife Gardening Forum tackles soil

There is still time to register for the next conference of the Wildlife Gardening Forum, on 24 June 2015 at the Flett Lecture Theatre of the Natural History Museum in London.

This is the Food and Agriculture Organisation's International Year of Soils, which WGF is celebrating with a soil-focused conference.  

WGF says soils are "under-researched" and that the conference will provide insights into soil ecology, and the importance of symbiotic relationships with fungi and other micro-organisms, plus a series of talks about important soil inhabitants.


9.30: Registration and coffee 10.10: Introduction by Steve Head (session chair) 10.15 ‘Working with soil diversity: challenges and opportunities’ Dr Joanna Clark, Director of the Soil Research Centre, University of Reading. 10.35: ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the First few Inches’ Dr. Matthew Shepherd, Senior Specialist – Soil Biodiversity, Natural England 10.55: ‘Mycorrhizal fungi and plants’ Dr. Martin I. Bidartondo, Imperial College/Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 11.15: ‘How soil biology helps food production and reduces reliance on artificial inputs’ Caroline Coursie, Conservation Adviser. Tewkesbury Town Council 11.35: Coffee 12.00: ‘Earthworms – what we know and what they do for you’ Emma Sherlock, Natural History Museum 12.20: ‘Springtails in the garden’ Dr. Peter Shaw, Roehampton University 12.40: ‘Mainly about soil nesting bees’ Dr. Michael Archer. President Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society.



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