The Nature of Cumbria Public Talks


Ancient woodland, Borrowdale, Cumbria. Photo: E. R. Wilson 2012.

The Nature of Cumbria Project
Public Talks on the Nature and Natural History of our Region

The Nature of Cumbria Project is an important local initiaitve supported and curated by Silviculture Research international. The focus of the project is to organise short series of illustrated talks on nature, conservation and natural history in Cumbria. Each series has a central theme and is aimed at a general audience. Talks are held at different venues around Cumbria, often during lunch-times or in the afternoon, so that we can encourage the widest audience participation. The speakers are professional conservationists, natural resource specialists, scientists and naturalists with expert knowledge of their topic. They are all committed to outreach in the community, knowledge sharing, and are enthusiastic about presenting their ideas and experiences. Most of the speakers are able to volunteer their time to the project, so that costs can be kept to a minimum and everyone is able to attend.

The list of series are as follows:

  • Series 1. Trees and Woods in Our Landscape: past, present and future (NoC1) (Spring 2012). This series celebrated and explored the remarkable trees and woods of Cumbria. We talked about ancient yews, oaks and ash trees, traditional woodland crafts and our relationship with wood as a resource, and the future of trees in the Cumbrian landscape.
  • Series 2. Ancient Ash Trees and their Future in Cumbria (NoC2) (Autumn/Winter 2012-13). This series was launched in November 2012 and is now continuing in response to widespread concern about the threat of ash dieback disease (Chalara fraxinea) to the many rare and valuable populations of ancient ash trees in Cumbria. See the Forthcoming Events page for the latest information on this series.
  • Series 3. Cumbria’s Iconic Wildlife (NoC3) (April 2013). This series was delivered at Penrith Public Library, on Monday lunch-times throughout April 2013. Speakers included: Nathan Fox, talking about ospreys in Cumbria; Joanne Backshall, on native crayfish; Emma Tapp, talking about red squirrel conservation; Steve Hewitt, on the otters of Eden valley. The series was curated by Ted Wilson.
  • Series 4. More Trees in Cumbria (NoC4) (November – December 2013). Planning is underway for a new series at Penrith Public Library. Details will be announced in September 2013.

Cork oak (Quercus suber), Gosforth, Cumbria. Photo: E. R. Wilson 2015.


The Nature of Cumbria Project is most grateful for support from the following organisations:

Future Nature of Cumbria Talks

We are always looking for new themes, venues and speakers to develop The Nature of Cumbria Project, and bring excellent talks to more communities across the county. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please get in touch. Full details are on the Contact page.

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