CCFMarine – Talks in July

July is set to be a great month for CCFMarine talks – monitoring our coastal birds, marine plastic pollution and whale population genetics! See text below and poster attached for details. All talks will be held in the David Attenborough building in Cambridge.

1 July 2016 (Friday) 4-5 pm : Monitoring our Coastal Birds
– by Dawn Balmer (British Trust for Ornithology)

Abstract: Using volunteer birdwatchers, the British Trust for Ornithology, in partnership with other organisations, has been monitoring the coastal wintering bird population of Britain and Ireland since the 1960s. Whilst some species have increased in numbers and range, others have declined and contracted their wintering range. Birds wintering in Britain and Ireland form part of the East Atlantic Flyway so it’s important to work with similar schemes across the flyway to put these changes in population into context.

15 July 2016 (Friday) 4-5 pm : Marine Plastic pollution: How NGOs can collaborate with industry, brands and the public to protect biodiversity by reducing waste
– by Dilyana Mihaylova & Dan Steadman (Fauna & Flora International)
Abstract: There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s ocean by 2050 if our current emissions rates of this material are not reduced. As one of the predominant consumer and industrial materials of the modern age, we value plastic enough to use it in almost everything we need, but not enough to prevent 8 million tonnes of it entering the marine environment every year. Once in the ocean, plastic is a perfectly designed pollutant – persistent, bioaccumulative, additive-leaching and toxin-adsorbent – capable of negatively affecting organisms up and down the food chain. Fauna & Flora International have been working to reduce microplastic pollution since 2011 and have witnessed the strong need for collaboration between environmental NGOs, industry, regulators and the public to drive change in mitigating this pervasive biodiversity threat.
22 July 2016 (Friday) 4-5 pm : Whale Population Genetics
 – by Jennifer Jackson (British Antarctic Survey)