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13feb7:00 pmThe Great Fen - A Journey Through Time at the LSI on Thursday 13 February 7pmWildlife, Landscape and People ... What's Next?

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Thursday 13 February 7pm

The Literary & Scientific Institute, 51 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX

Tickets: £5.00 available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. Tel no. 01308 424901

Also available from LSI

The Great Fen

A Journey Through Time – Wildlife, Landscape and People … What’s Next?

A Talk & Book Launch By Alan Bowley

PAST LANDSCAPES WERE CREATED BY NATURE, MODIFIED BY HUMANS. HOW FUTURE LANDSCAPES COULD SUPPORT US AND THE NATURAL WORLD IN A CHANGING CLIMATE.

Ever since the retreat of the glaciers 12000 years ago, we humans have overcome many challenges to transform wild landscapes. Through war, famine and disease, population growth and climatic changes we have cleared the forests, drained the wetlands and transformed the natural world. From the Somerset Levels to Dorset Downs, East Anglian Fens to urban parks, landscapes have been fought over, drained, farmed and protected in (almost) equal measure.

This talk looks at the ingenuity of our ancestors, the effects of their actions on both wildlife and human society and asks how their actions might help us make decisions for the future. From bronze to iron, steam to electricity, technological advance has both fed the growing population and destroyed entire ecosystems.

The 20th century saw increasing division between economic prosperity, cheap food and the essential role which healthy landscapes play in our lives. There can be another way, where ‘birds and business can live together’ to create a better future for humans and the natural world.

The Talk is based on a new book by Alan Bowley ‘The Great Fen – a Journey through Time’ published by Pisces.

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm

Location

Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute

East Street, Bridport

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