Indoor Event, 7.00pm start.
2011 is UN International Year of Forests and we are delighted to have Keith Kirby, Natural England’s Forestry & Woodland
Officer, to deliver this year’s Pybus Lecture. Keith has led on a wide range forestry and woodland issues for the government’s conservation service for over 30 years, including advice on the selection and management of woodland SSSI’s; contributing to forestry policy discussions and conducting research, mainly into changes in woodland ground flora.
Where should conservation of trees and woodland be going in the 21st century? How do we cope with the challenges posed by increasing deer populations and the impact of new and emerging pests and diseases? Can we overcome concerns that forest expansion will be at the expense of valued open habitats, if not the peatlands targeted in the 1980s, then dry heathland soils? Should we start to recognise forests planted in the early 20th century, such as Kielder, as distinctive features of modern landscapes? Should we be looking to accept species such as sycamore and beech in northern England as ‘future natives’ in an environment affected by climate change? Can ancient woodlands, wood-pastures and parkland species act as effective sources for the spread of woodland plants and animals in the North-East where any of the surviving ancient woods are quite small?
This year’s Pybus Lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Herschel Building, Newcastle University (this will be signposted from Kings Gate). You can find directions at www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/maps (the University map reference is 17) or contact the Society Office. Tickets are not required but do please arrive in good time.