Biodiversity Was The Theme Of A Day At The 2023 Sidmouth Science Festival. Sewage Pollution, Pine Marten, Saving Butterflies &Upgrading The River Camel.

Thanks to Sheila Meades and the Science Festival team for organising these talks.

The River Sewage Pollution Scandal

Professor Peter Hammond & Ash Smith from WASP (Windrush Against Sewage Pollution) are well known for their investigations into water catchment pollution, especially sewage pollution. This video details some of their work.

Two Moors Pine Marten Project

The reintroduction of the pine marten is long overdue in my view, though not everyone agrees. However, this project, as explained by Dr Tracey Hamston, is bringing this iconic species back to our region. My hope is that they will start to control the grey squirrel. But only time will prove if this happens.

Saving Butterflies

Who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of a butterfly. In this talk Megan Lowe talks about the work being conducted to save butterflies.

Upgrading of the River Camel

Over the border in Cornwall work on upgrading the river Camel is underway as explained by Ben Gallant.

Next years Science Festival is tentatively planned for 4-13 October 2024

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