Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm ‘INSECTS AND GARDENS’ a talk by Malcolm Scoble at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth. Light refreshments will be available.
At the community garden we are passionate about bugs and recently installed a pond to increase our attraction. Malcolm Scoble has kindly agreed to introduce us to their wonderful world (and ours).
Insects are usually thought of as rather uniform ‘bugs’. In fact they are diverse in terms of numbers of species, structure and life-style. They live in almost all terrestrial environments and are key elements in our environment. They are important pollinators and recyclers, thus providing important ‘ecosystem services’. I shall put insects in context before turning to some recent research on the great importance of gardens to insects in particular and wildlife in general. The science shows that by taking some surprisingly simple steps we can promote insect (and other) life in gardens. Thinking about insects (indeed all organisms) in a contextual way seems an integral part of Transition culture.
Malcolm Scoble was born and grew up in Buckfastleigh (which is considering Transition culture) and returned to his roots in 2010. He studied zoology (BSc) and specialized in insect taxonomy (moths in particular) and holds a PhD and a DSc in entomology. He worked in natural history museums throughout his career – the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum, London, where he was Keeper (Head) of Entomology until late 2010. He is currently a Scientific Associate of the NHM and Scientific Secretary and a Vice President of the Linnean Society of London.