LECTURE: The Ecology and Biodiversity of the Salisbury Plain by Tony Rowlands
2:30 pm, Saturday, 22 April, 2017
The talk will introduce the remarkable ecology and biodiversity of the Salisbury Plain, concentrating on the military training area. The talk will present a holistic view of the ecology of the Plain from its origins to the present day.
The first half is a crash course in chalk-land ecology, as it applies to the Plain. We will explore aspects of the geological and landscape history, the nature of chalk and its impact on the ecology, the profound effect of water availability and then an introduction to some key ecological concepts that determine the special biodiversity on the Plain. We shall then take a look at some of the species of plant and animal life that make the Plain so special and the steps that are taken to maintain and enhance the its ecological well-being. We will end with an appeal to those present to help solve a couple of intriguing biodiversity issues.
Tony Rowlands is Chairman of the Larkhill & Westdown Conservation Group, which provide volunteer support and expertise to MoDs Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which is responsible for the maintenance of the military estate as a historic landscape and significant area of nature conservation.
He has been connected with the Plain for most of his life. He grew up locally and has had an active interest in the landscape history and wildlife of the Plain since childhood. He studied Plant Ecology and Biology at University. He has recently completed a career at The Foreign Office. After taking an adult gap year studying aspects of landscape management at Oxford, he has been studying the biodiversity, landscape history and social history of the Plain.
Tony will be leading a walk on Salisbury Plain on 23 July 2017, subject to MOD access. Please contact the Museum Shop to register your interest for the walk 01380 727369
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£6.50 (£4 WANHS members)