Woking LA21 AGM – Bees, pollinating insects and great crested newts!

The annual general meeting (AGM) of Woking LA21 will be held on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7pm, in the WWF-UK Living Planet Centre on Brewery Road.

We are delighted to be hosting two speakers this year – find out more below. For more information or to book your free place, please email green@woking.gov.uk or call 01483 743888.

Bees and pollinating insects

IMG_0818 Bombus lapidarius worker on chive flower
Photo by Andrew Halstead.

Andrew Halstead, entomologist and LA21 steering group member, will give a talk on bees and pollinating insects.

Many cultivated plants and wild flowers need insects to transfer pollen from one flower to another to enable them to produce fruits and viable seeds. The talk will cover the various insects that are important as pollinators, such as bees, and will give advice on what you can do to help pollinating insects in your garden.

Great crested newts

Great Crested Newt - image credit Natural England Peter Wakely
Photo by Peter Wakely of Natural England.

James Simpson, consultant ecologist at ADAS, will give a talk on great crested newts.

Great crested newts are the largest newt species in the UK, growing up to 15cm and living for up to 15 years. They are protected by law, which can lead to time delays and added costs in planning and development. However, whilst protected, the great crested newt is arguably not always receiving any real benefit.

Woking’s pilot project explores if we can use resources and funds more effectively to protect the newts and support development.

Find out more about Woking LA21

On the night, you will also be able to find out more about Woking LA21’s projects and meet members of the steering group. We are always looking for new, enthusiastic volunteers.

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