Other Aberdeenshire events

Glorious Grazers

Situated in the Blue Lamp's Downstairs Lounge, the venue has wheelchair / disabled access via the fire door. There are toilets (including disabled) on this level.
Past event - 2024
14 May Doors open 6:45pm
Event starts 7pm - 9:30pm
Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen,
Aberdeenshire AB25 1BU
Grass is something we all take for granted. But did you know how many species of grass exist? Or how many animals are reliant on it for their survival? Or the dangers of over-indulging for grazers?

Join researchers from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) for a real "grassroots" experience! From the ground up, you will go on a journey examining soil health, homeless caterpillars, magnificent moths, and hungry ponies. Although we'll only just "graze" the surface, we hope to "grow" your appreciation for the glory of grasses!

160 Shades of Green ... and Beyond

Verena Schmidt (PhD Researcher, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC))
Did you know... that the UK is home to about 160 grass species?! For many grazing animals pasture is the main nutrient source. Insects, including pollinators like bees and butterflies, and wildlife thrive in these ecosystems. However, pasture is more than just grass. It is a complex matrix of grass, legumes, herbs, and wild plants and often includes shrubs. Each species plays an important role, contributing to animal and soil health, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem stability. Join us on the journey from ‘seed to feed’ and beyond and hear about this exciting ecological habitat!

The Story of the Caterpillar and the Cow

Rochelle Kennedy (PhD Researcher, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC))
Once upon a time, large herds of wild cattle roamed our grasslands. These wild cows fertilised the land and controlled trees, creating diverse habitats which were much-loved by caterpillars and moths. Nowadays, domestic cows are fenced-in and we no longer have such a range of habitats. The caterpillars and moths find themselves without a home. What are they to do?! Farmers are collaborating with cows to provide a solution! New grazing methods are being trialled to help create homes for moths. As part of my PhD, I’ve spent hundreds of hours searching for caterpillars, raising them as my own and finding out if these grazing methods work. Come along to find out what I discovered!

Ponies with a Need for Feed - How do we manage?

Dr Ashley Ward (Food Security Challenge Centre Facilitator, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC))
Ever heard of 'easy-keepers' or 'good-doers' among horses? These are animals prone to gaining body weight, so they need careful management to prevent obesity and associated conditions. Often, they are pony breeds with roots in the wet and windy British Isles. Surveying owners in Scotland, we asked how ponies are managed. While owners exuded confidence in managing obese ponies and some of the associated health risks, we noticed some tools that are underutilised, but that could help in caring for ponies with a need for feed! Join us as we challenge just how easy these ponies really are!
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