Dr Chantal Helm, Cambridge University Botanic Garden
The mosaic of different habitats on offer at Cambridge University Botanic Garden provide opportunities for a myriad of different wildlife species to flourish in and amongst the 8000 plant species part of the scientific collection.
Over 2 900 wildlife species have been recorded in the Garden to date, including about 450 plant species not part of the accessioned plant collection. Ongoing biological recording in the Garden produces a wealth of data on the species present, as well as providing opportunities for research and education.
The Garden is a designated county wildlife site for its invertebrate and bryophyte diversity and is an urban biodiversity hotspot, forming a very important part of the green space network across the city. It hence has a role to play with engaging visitors with biodiversity and how it is studied. My talk will explore the many different ways the Garden is doing just that.
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly drop-in plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
11am & repeated at 2pm in the Classroom at 1 Brookside.
Suitable for adults and children age 12+.
Talk free. Normal Garden Admission charge applies.
Drop in. No need to book.
Talks run monthly March to August
This is the final talk in the 2020 Science on Sundays series