Soil Association AGM 2014 The nesting requirements for wild bees in gardens By George Pilkington

September 27, 2014

in Bumblebees and their ecology, Gardening For Wildlife, Nurturing Nature Talks/Presentations, Red mason solitary bees

Wild bee nesting requirements in gardens presentation

I will be giving a short presentation looking at the nesting requirements for solitary bees and bumblebees in my garden, a little about their ecology and pests then followed by practical ways that people can create more nesting sites. A display stall with my products will be at the centre.

Soil Association 2014

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Day 1 – Wednesday 8 October


9.30am Arrival and refreshments
10.15am Welcome
Helen Browning
, Chief Executive, Soil Association
Charlotte Smith, Presenter of BBC Radio 4 Farming Today
10.30am Session 1 – Keep Britain Buzzing: the latest science, politics and action to help save our pollinatorsThe decline of pollinators and the causes for this have recently been a hot topic of debate and the Soil Association has been campaigning hard. In this session, Professor Dave Goulson, one of the leading experts in the field will outline the latest science and politics – with a panel of people directly involved in field outlining action and practical approaches to supporting bees and other pollinators. As Dave Goulson outlines in his recent book: “Perhaps if we learn to save the bee today we can save the world tomorrow?”Professor Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology, University of Sussex
Steven Faulk, Entomologist, Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
George Pilkington, Director, Nurturing Nature
Louise Payton, Policy Officer (Farming and Land Use), Soil Association
12.00pm Lunch
1.30pm Session 2 – Stopping the superbugs: how farming can help keep antibiotics workingThe rise of infections resistant to antibiotics is one of the world’s most serious health problems. The threat, as David Cameron has put it, is that “we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine”. While much of the problem stems from human medicine, farming also over uses antibiotics and will suffer if they are lost. In this session the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Prof John Watson sets out the scale of the challenge of antibiotic resistance and the government strategy – and Cóilín Nunan explains why changes are needed to stop their over-use in farming. David Tisdall from the University of Bristol will talk about the practical steps that Langford Farm Animal Practice vets have been taking to work with their farmers to use information about medicines use to inform herd health management decisions, improve herd health and make antimicrobial use more sustainable.Professor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
Cóilín Nunan, expert advisor to the Soil Association and Alliance to Save our Antibiotics
David Tisdall, Lead Farm Animal Clinician, Langford Farm Animal Practice
2.45pm Refreshment break
3.30pm Session 3 – Farming for health: does the way we produce food affect its nutritional value?Until now, it has been widely assumed that how we farm has no impact on the nutritional value of the food we eat. Professor Carlo Leifert will challenge that assumption in presenting the findings of the landmark Newcastle University-led study into the nutritional composition of organic and non-organic fruit, vegetables and cereals, which was published in July in the British Journal of Nutrition. An expert panel will then consider the implications of these findings for public health and public sector food procurement. Carlo Leifert, Professor for Ecological Agriculture, Newcastle University

Joanna Lewis, Head of Policy (Food and Health), Soil Association
Vanessa Warn, Owner, Little Green Rascals Day Nursery and Catering Mark Standards Committee member
5.00pm Session close and registration for the Forestry session and AGM
5.15pm Session 4 – Forestry and the AGMHow forests can protect indigenous communities. The forestry session will also include the Soil Association Annual General Meeting and an opportunity to find out about the Soil Association’s campaigning year with Helen Browning, Chief Executive. Find out more about the AGM…
6.15pm Conference close
Drinks reception to commence on the Station Platform
7.45pm Evening supper commences
A fully organic menu designed and created by Cotswold Cooks. All ingredients for the meal have kindly been donated by our organic producers
8.45pm Organic Awards 2014 – presentation to our winners
Introduced by Dennis Overton, Chair of the Soil Association and presented by Hardeep Singh-Kohli, Writer, Broadcaster and Organic Enthusiast
9.30pm Music and dancing with top London ceilidh band, Licence to Ceilidh
11.30pm Delegates depart

If you have any enquiries about the conference, please contact the Events Team on or 0117 314 5155.

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