Dr Chantal Helm, Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly, plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
Dr Chantal Helm, our very own wildlife ecologist, has recorded the talk she was going to present in the Garden on Sunday 16 August for you to enjoy at your leisure.
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 therefore has a role to play with engaging visitors with biodiversity and how it is studied.
In this talk, Dr Chantal Helm will explore the many different ways the Garden is doing just that.
Online talk: Exploring Wildlife Diversity at CUBG and why it matters
Science on Sundays
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.
As access to the Garden is restricted due to COVID-19 this year, we have had to cancel these talks in person, however we have managed to deliver most of the programme virtually for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Talks run monthly March to August
This is the final talk in the 2020 Science on Sundays series.
Other talks part of this series:
15 March-online Dr Sarah Robinson, Sainsbury Laboratory: The mechanics of plant development
19 April- online Prof Beverley Glover, Director, Cambridge University Botanic Garden: How does one plant species become two?
17 May-online Dr Gita Yadav, Department of Plant Sciences: Unpacking Plant Chemical Arsenals
19 July – online Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, Department of Plant Sciences: The overlooked enemy: nematode worms eating the plants from under our feet