HOP talk 2. Dr Tom Brereton 1 September 7pm.

HELP OUR PLANET

The HOP talks

Eminent scientists and nature writers discuss what we can do to help

Join us once a month to watch a filmed presentation followed by a question and answer discussion with the presenter in person. We hope to create a lively and informative forum to inform and inspire individuals, families and communities with tangible actions to help combat the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.

Please call 01308 459511 to reserve your tickets. Numbers are limited and tickets will be essential.

2. Dr Tom Brereton

(Director of Research MARINElife)

Whales and Dolphins in Lyme Bay and globally

Thursday 1 September 7pm (Doors 6.30pm bar and hot snacks available)

Tickets £10 Under 21s £5. All proceeds to Marine Life. Extra donations can be given on the night.

The second talk in the series brings the focus much closer to home, while maintaining a global awareness.  Dr Tom Brereton knows more about the marine life of Lyme Bay, both underwater and in the air, than almost anyone due to his ongoing vital research and monitoring for the MARINElife charity. He is steeped in knowledge of the wild life of the area and has a breadth of experience in ecology and conservation. He is an ideal person to lead our considerations about how we can help to sustain the coastal ecology of Lyme Bay.

Common dolphins in Lyme Bay photo: Dr Tom Brereton

Tom Brereton has had a lifelong passion for all forms of natural history and a varied career in wildlife research and nature conservation spanning the last 15 years. After graduating in Environmental Science, Tom spent several years working for the RSPB on a number of bird, botanical and invertebrate survey and research projects. Following an MSc in Conservation at UCL he worked as an independent ecological consultant specialising in botanical surveys.

Tom returned to academia in 1993 to complete a PhD on the ecology and conservation of the Grizzled Skipper butterfly. He then worked for Butterfly Conservation, as a monitoring and species ecologist. Tom has been a visiting Professor at Exeter University and is active in local botanical insect and bird surveys. He pursues his interest in seabirds and cetaceans as the Director of MARINElife, a charity that is dedicated to the conservation of marine wildlife through research and educational activities.

Please call 01308 459511 to reserve your tickets. Numbers will be restricted and tickets essential.


3. Derek Gow

Bringing back the Beaver and its Pals

Thursday 20 October 7pm (Doors 6.30pm bar and hot snacks available) (date to be confirmed)

Tickets £10 Under 21s £5. All proceeds to charity. Extra donations can be given on the night.

Please call 01308 459511 to reserve your tickets now.

Derek has played a leading role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian Beaver, and the White Stork to Brian. He is currently working on a reintroduction project for the wildcat and a project to save the water bole from threatened extinction. His best-selling book Bringing back the Beaver, is described in reviews as a beautiful, profound, important and consoling book. He is now an advisor on rewilding all over the country including the Bridport area.

Tickets will go on sale as soon as the date is confirmed.

The HOP talks

The HOP talks are an initiative started by Philip Howse OBE (Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton) with Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS VMH CBE, James Lovelock CBE, George Monbiot and Dr George McGavin plus a number of other skilled and committed people who have given their time to help. 

The project aims to inspire and inform individuals, families and local communities with tangible actions to help combat the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. 

Please join us and Help Our Planet