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What about the next generation? Uncover the mysteries for how nature's future is protected, both in animals and trees. There'll also be the opportunity to triumph in our quiz!
Does planting trees help?
Nikki Jones (Chair of "Avon Needs Trees")
Trees suck up CO2 to build their biomass but can they truly make a difference? What scale is required? Is planting better than rewilding? What's happening in the Bristol-Avon catchment area? Nikki Jones, Chair of Avon Needs Trees is clear that tree planting is no substitute for cutting our fossil fuels but a very necessary part of reducing our CO2 levels - with the added benefits of soil retention, better biodiversity and some natural flood management. Avon Needs Trees is buying land to make sure that new woodland is permanent and she will explain the charity's projects.
Understanding animal relationships: why do some animals mate for life
Bex Pike (Lecturer)
The benefits of a monogamous breeding strategy are not as intuitive as those of promiscuous or polygamous mating systems. Why do males and females of some species choose more than one breeding partner whilst others pair for life? Monogamy is rare in most animal groups but common amongst birds. Using the Albatross as a study species, I will talk about my research that explores whether how well you know your partner explains the formation of such long-term monogamous partnerships. In this talk I will show you how a simple equation can explain the phenomenon of lifelong monogamy. You might also gain some tips for a long-term relationship from the animal world!