7th November 2012, 3:51pm
Talk to reveal hidden treasures of National Trust beauty spots
Children at Belton House, Lincolnshire The person responsible for protecting flora and fauna across a quarter of a million hectares of Britain's best-loved beauty spots will deliver a free public talk on the challenges of overseeing nature conservation on such a grand scale.

Dr David Bullock, Head of Nature Conservation at the National Trust, will be presenting a guest lecture on 'Conservation and the National Trust' on Wednesday 14th November at 6pm in the EMMTEC building on the University of Lincoln’s main Brayford Pool campus.  

The National Trust is famous for preserving and opening to the public grand houses and associated gardens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But most of its 250,000 hectares of land is farmed countryside in some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe. Much of this land is of high nature value but even amongst the Trust's 4 million members, recognition of the importance of the Trust's work for conservation of species and habitats is sometimes overlooked.

Speaking as part of the University’s Lincoln Academy series, David will highlight some of the hidden natural treasures which can be found on National Trust property.

He said: "In this presentation I will show some of the really special places for nature on National Trust land and why they are so, illustrate some of the issues to do with management for the natural aspects of our properties, and outline some knowledge gaps which timely research could fill."

Before joining the National Trust, David was an academic at DeMontfort and St Andrew's universities, lecturing in ecology, and conducting research on the ecology and behaviour of deer, feral livestock, bats, and the conservation biology of reptiles.

His talk is part of the University of Lincoln's 12th season of the Lincoln Academy programme.  The Lincoln Academy is the University's umbrella series of free public events which is open to students, staff and the public. Speeches, lectures and other events showcase the academic excellence and expertise within the University as well as a variety of nationally and internationally renowned artists and speakers.

The Autumn/Winter programme features a varied and interesting range of lectures from expert academics and guest speakers.

Members of the public are welcome to join any of the events in the Lincoln Academy series. Admission is free but guests should register attendance in advance.

For more information or to book a place, contact the University of Lincoln’s Events Team on 01522 837100, email: events@lincoln.ac.uk or visit www.lincoln.ac.uk and click on the 'Events' section.
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