Protecting Our Marine Wildlife

Saturday 11th May
The Forest School
Snaresbrook – London E17 3PY


A diverse day of Marine Talks and Forest Wildlife exploration

Professor Sarah Wanless BSc PhD FRSE
Emeritus Fellow of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 
Photo: Isabelle Guyot


A Lecture by Sarah Wanless entitled

Seabird & Sandeel Research

Sarah’s work is to understand the impact of global change on marine top predators, particularly seabirds. Most of her research is field-based, much of it on the Isle of May. Her current research extends beyond the breeding season and uses traditional and bio-logging approaches to track individuals year round. This work proved essential to the conservation of marine ecosystems and resulted in the ban of sand eel fisheries in the western North Sea. he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Honorary Professor at
the University of Aberdeen and received the Zoological Society of London
Marsh Award for Conservation Biology in 2007.

A Lecture by Maya Plass entitled

The Vital Role of Education in Marine Protection

Maya Plass MSc
Photo : Scott Tibbles

Maya will be familiar to followers of BBC Springwatch & Autumnwatch in which she has been a regular guest presenter & contributor on marine wildlife.  Other television programmes in which she has appeared include the BBC series ‘Coast’ and she is the Author of  ‘The RSPB Handbook of the Seashore‘ (2013) & ‘Seashore Watcher‘ (2018).A marine ecologist & diver with BSc in Marine Biology & Coastal Ecology & MSc in Coastal Zone Management, Maya carried out work in coastal Argentina and later the Exe Estuary. She runs her own marine education company ‘Learn to Sea‘  and is a patron of marine conservation charities ‘Sea-Changers’ and ‘MARINElife‘.

A Lecture by Tom Cameron entitled

Making the Case for UK Marine Restoration

Dr Tom Cameron BSc PhD
University of Essex
Photo: Liz Artindale

An aquatic communities ecologist at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex. Researching soil mites he found rapid genetic evolution to environmental change & population management. As an aquatic biologist, environmental change on populations remains a focus on marine systems.Areas of research by Tom & his team include the role of saltmarsh in estuaries as nursery habitat for juvenile fish and the ecology, behaviour & conservation of the endangered native oyster especially in the Essex Marine Conservation Zone.

There will be a Wildlife exhibition in The Great Hall,
a delicious buffet lunch and Grand Raffle


8.45 to 9.15am – Registration

9.15am – Chairman’s Welcome

9.30 to 10.30am – Field Workshops & Activities – starting from The Great Hall, these will include:

* Botanical Field Walk
* Spider Safari
* Small Mammal Trapping
* Birds, trees and bats
* Owl Pellet Analysis
* Pond Dipping
* Pollinators

10.30 to 11am – Coffee Break in the Great Hall

11 to 12pm – Field Workshops & Activities continue

12.00 to 1.00pm – Buffet Lunch in the Great Hall,

1 to 1.15pm – Delegates to go to Lecture Theatre

1.15 to 2pm – Encaenia and awards to new grades

2 to 3pm – Presentation of Peter Scott Award to Professor Sarah Wanless
Response Lecture by Sarah Wanless BSc PhD FRSE

3 to 3.30pm – Tea Break

3.30 to 4.15pm – Lecture by Maya Plass MSc

4.15 to 5pm – Lecture by Dr Tom Cameron BSc PhD

5 to 5.05pm – Presidents Thank You

5.05 to 5.15pm – Chairman’s Summary

5.15pm – Close


The Forest School
London E17 3PY

By Underground
Snaresbrook Station (Central Line) is a 15 minute walk from the School.
Walthamstow Central Station (Victoria Line and over rail services) is a 10 minute taxi ride from the School.

By Rail
Wood Street Station: regular services from London Liverpool Street Station and a 20 minute walk from the School.

By Bus
The following bus routes service the local area.
20: Debden to Walthamstow
W12:Wanstead to Walthamstow
W13: Woodford Wells to Leytonstone
W14: Woodford Bridge to Leyton
66: Services from Leytonstone to Romford

By Car
M11: Leave the M11 on the right hand fork at the end of the motorway signposted ‘North Circular Road, A406 West’ which joins the A406. Keep to the left hand lane and leave at the first exit (Waterworks roundabout) then follow the A104 (Woodford New Road) signposted Leytonstone. Go straight on at the first set of lights, and left at the second onto Snaresbrook Road. Take the first left into ‘The Forest’, which leads to the School gate.


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