Centenary celebrated at Ecological event at University of Leicester Botanic Garden

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Ecology Day celebrates British Ecological Society’s centenary on Sunday 4 August

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 29 July 2013

As part of the British Ecological Society’s Centenary year festivities, the University of Leicester Botanic Garden is hosting an ecologically themed event with stalls and activities for all ages.

This free event on Sunday 4 August invites the public to try their hand at pond dipping and to go in search of other mini beasts and invertebrates in the Botanic Garden.

There will be an opportunity to see a honey bee observation hive and listen to talks to learn more about honey bees,  play a natural selection game and embark upon a journey of discovery on an adaptation trail.

Alongside other activities including the chance to make a willow piece using a weaver, the public can also find out what they can do to help fruit fly research and talk to people from a variety of local groups about their work. Refreshments will be available at the Botanic Garden café.

Dr. Richard, Director of the Botanic Garden said: “This type of event is what the Botanic Garden is all about – bringing the message of the importance of biodiversity and the environment to the wider community, so do come along and enjoy the activities.”

This activity is being supported by the British Ecological Society, the UK’s academic learned society supporting the science of ecology. During 2013 the British Ecological Society will be celebrating its centenary with a series of events, conferences and publications that aim to increase the profile of ecological science among scientists and the public.

This event is part of the Festival of Ecology, a public focussed nationwide celebration of ecological science with over sixty participating institutions across the UK. The Festival will run from 15 June - 4 August 2013.

Professor Georgina Mace FRS, President of the British Ecological Society said, “The British Ecological Society is delighted to be working with the University of Leicester Botanic Garden in celebrating our Centenary year.  This event is part of our Festival of Ecology through which we hope visitors will learn more about the science of ecology and how relevant and fascinating this science is to understanding the challenges we face in the world today.”

The Ecology Day at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden will be held on Sunday 4 August 11:00-4:00pm. The event is free and open to all.

For more information visit the University of Leicester Botanic Garden at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/botanic-garden



Notes for Editors:

For more information contact Ruth Godfrey, Education Officer at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden on: 0116 271 2933

• Further information about the institution, including information about opening and closing times and the website;

• The British Ecological Society is the UK’s learned society for ecological science and the oldest ecological society in the world. Our vision is advancing ecology and making it count;

• For more information about the British Ecological Society, please visit www.britishecologicalsociety.org;

• During 2013, the British Ecological Society will be celebrating its centenary with events promoting the science of ecology.  These will include:

o The Festival of Ecology, held from 15 June - 4 August 2013. The BES will be working in partnership with over 60 organisations celebrating the science of ecology through public events for adults, schools and families;

o An online Festival with the theme a Year in the Life of Ecology and featuring, video diaries of ecologists conducting fieldwork and experiments, along with monthly ecological activities for the public to participate in;

o Publication of 100 Influential Ecological Papers – published in 100 years of BES journals project. One hundred eminent ecologists have nominated a paper from the archive of the Society’s journals that either influenced them or the science of ecology. This will also be an interactive online resource;

o Publication of four educational wall charts entitled Food, food and more food, The competition for life on earth, How diverse is life on earth? and Is there life beyond earth? The posters will be accompanied by competitions for schools and families;

o Publication of two Ecological Issues on tree health and the impact of extreme events on freshwater ecology. The reports will be launched at a parliamentary reception;

o Series of meetings across scientific disciplines, topics include, global change, marine science and evolution;

o INTECOL 2013, an international scientific conference held in London from 18-23 August 2013;

• The British Ecological Society’s Press Officer, Becky Allen can be contacted using email: beckyallen@ntlworld.com

More information about the centenary year can be found at www.festivalofecology.org

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