A programme of talks to be held on the second Thursday of each month from October until April Winston’s function room, 7pm for 7.30pm Tickets £3 on the door
Thursday 13th October Marine Life in Lyme Bay by Paul Naylor
Paul is a marine biologist and underwater photographer with a passion for showing people the amazing marine life which inhabits our special places in the South West such as Lyme Bay. Paul, who is the author of “Great British Marine Animals” and often works with Devon Wildlife Trust, will focus on the intriguing ways that marine animals live their lives.
Thursday 10th November Life in and around the Undercliffs by Donald Campbell
Donald, Jurassic Coast Ambassador and Trustee of Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, is a lifelong bird man and zoologist. He has been much involved in local conservation initiatives for the last 25 years. He wrote “Exploring the Undercliff” in 2005 to help celebrate 50 years of the National Nature Reserve.
Thursday 8th December The World Heritage Coast and Rocks by Mike Green and John McLellan
Mike and John are Jurassic Coast Ambassadors with great enthusiasm for local geology and for helping people to appreciate it. With their different styles they will explore the coast between Lyme Regis and Branscombe and look at ways that geology shapes the East Devon landscape and architecture.
Thursday 12th January Discovery of the “Seaton Down Roman Hoard” by Simon Tootell
In 2013 over 22,000 Roman coins were found in a field near Honeyditches, Seaton. Through grants and donations the coins have been purchased by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. The talk will cover the discovery and conservation of the coins and help unveil the rich story of Roman East Devon.
Thursday 9th February Wild Places and the John Muir Trust by John Finney
The John Muir Trust celebrates the contribution of Scotland-born John Muir, who initiated the idea of National Parks in the USA, helping with the foundation of Yellowstone in 1872. The Trust itself was created in 1988 and Scotland is the centre of its land ownership and campaigning. However, the John Muir Trust Award, which encourages people to share the vision of the benefits of wild places, has almost 35,000 participants, including young people learning and working in the Wetlands.
Thursday 9th March Seaton Wetlands and Local Nature Reserves by James Chubb
James has recently returned to the East Devon Countryside Team. He is now manages East Devon’s Local Nature Reserves and in particular Seaton Wetlands. He has honed his speaking skills giving commentaries on Exeter Chiefs rugby games and is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic conservationist.
Thursday 13th April The World Heritage Coast and its Fossils by Sam Scriven
Sam is lead geologist with the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast team and has recently written a book on its fossils. He will place the coast in the context of other World Heritage Sites, which are places selected by UNESCO as being of “outstanding universal value” and recognised as part of the heritage of all mankind. In 2001 the “Jurassic Coast” joined this select group of globally important natural and cultural sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.