The birds and the bees
Over 10 Saturdays, we will unearth the role of soil in our ecology and question how best to graze the grass and farm protein. We will unpack the impact of our industrialised food system on our daily bread, our nutrition and health. We will grapple with the big numbers and small actions on carbon emissions and food waste. We will assess our impact on our fellow species, whether they be walking, swimming or flying, and imagine how to better use our land.
Day 2 of our 10 day Field of Enquiry programme will focus on the value of birds and bees to human ecology. We have lost 50% of our birds in the last 50 years and our pollinators are under threat.
We will review the competing arguments around land sparing and land sharing; argoecological farming methods and sustainable intensification, and consider how best to farm with nature. As well as hearing from Vicki Swales, Head of Land Use Policy, RSPB Scotland, we will be working with Brian Pool, Beekeeper in Residence with the Royal Botanic Gardens and taking a tour of the farm hedgerows with Chris Bailey, Farm Advisory Manager, RSPB Scotland.
PLEASE NOTE – Our Field of Enquiry Team has a limited number of members. You can attend individual sessions, but priority places will be reserved for people who can attend the whole programme. This ticket registers your interest in becoming a member of the Field of Enquiry Team, but in order to secure a place, please tell us a bit about yourself.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and, in no more than 100 words, let us know - your key areas of interest; any relevant groups or associations you belong to and would hope to influence, and the first question you would like our Field of Enquiry to explore. Deadline 19 September. Decision by 23 September.