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Leading environmental scientist to address Forum on Nature

4 October 2012

One of the world’s most distinguished environmental scientists will be talking about wildlife conservation in an address to the York Environment Forum on Monday.

Professor Sir John Lawton, CBE, FRS, who was knighted in 2005 for his contributions to ecological science, will discuss his report, ‘Making Space for Nature’, focussing on Nature Improvement Areas, including the two successful Yorkshire bids for one of the 12 English NIAs, the Humberhead Levels and the Dearn Valley.

Sir John is Chairman of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and he will speak briefly about the role of the YWT in these bids, before giving an update on the present state of the YWT and some of the other exciting challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Professor Sir John Lawton was Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2005 until 2011, and formerly Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council (1999-2005). He is a Past President of the British Ecological Society and is currently  a Vice-president of RSPB.

His scientific interests have focussed on the population dynamics and biodiversity of birds and insects, with emphasis over the last two decades on the impacts of global environmental change.

Kate Lock, Chair of the York Environment Forum, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Professor Sir John Lawton to speak to us on this important issue. The York Environment Forum is lobbying hard for the natural environment to be valued in its own right, and for the many significant social and economic benefits it has that can make urban living healthier, safer, more prosperous and infinitely more pleasant.’

The York Environment Forum meeting is at Room 2 of the The Guildhall in York on Monday 8 October at 4.30pm. New members and observers are welcome. Numbers are limited: email  or telephone 07792 633984 if you wish to attend.

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