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Brentwood & Billericay Talk - A Walk in the Woods

Posted: Friday 20th October 2017 by Brentwood and Billericay Local Group

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Fantastic photos throughout the season from a typical woodland.

Simon Ginnaw, a freelance ecologist, treated us to an impressive multi-media presentation of wildlife at Bedgebury Forest, near Sissinghurst, Kent. Using his own images and supported by recorded birdsong, incidental music and his own narrative, the audience were invited to immerse themselves in his world of trees, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, butterflies & fungi throughout the seasons. Simon was passionate about his subject and this shone through in his lyrical presentation.   

Some interesting facts from the presentation - the wildflower Lesser Celendine was used as a remedy for piles; Great Crested Newts spend 80% of their time out of water; Pipistrelle Bats may eat 3000 mosquitos in a night; Tree Creepers may climb 2 - 3 thousand meters up trees in a day and the Green Woodpecker's tongue is 1/3 the length of it's body. 

Our next talk is 'Orangutan, the Disappearing Ape' on Thursday 16th November at 8pm with some festive mince pies and mulled wine during the interval.

Mick Hedges 01277 231367


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