The Birds and Bees and Climate Change - Carrie Cort and Guy Tanner

Known the world over for our long-standing love affair with birds, flowers and animals; the British fascination with nature and ecology has deep roots.

How sad then, that our beautiful countryside friends; inspiration to Charles Darwin, Beatrix Potter and Thomas Gainsborough;
always come second to our selfish desires to have, to dominate and to extend ourselves beyond the capacity of this land to sustain us.

What then, when it comes to Global Warming is 'the greatest long-term threat to people and wildlife'?  

Well, it would seem once again, we are more concerned for wildlife than we are for ourselves.
79% of us Brit's are worried for our wildlife, as compared with flooding (72%), heat waves (50%) or even availability and prices of food (60%).

Of course, wild creatures don't worry. They are too busy getting on with life to notice extinction creeping up on them from behind.
Half a century has passed since Rachel Carson's book 'Silent Spring' laid the foundation for the 60's social revolution.

Now, with three quarters of Britain's butterflies in decline, the canary long dead in her cage and Climate Change the new DDT;
we ask the question: Where is The Quality of Life when we know that the last gannet on Earth has perished on Bass Rock, or the swallowtail butterfly no longer swoops over The Fens?

This session will look at the proof behind climate change, how our wonderful wild world is being effected, ending with discussion around solutions and a 'pledges to the planet' ceremony.



We play host to 56% of the world population of Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus, a magnificent bird with a 2 metre wingspan;
faster than the peregrin; is like many of our sea birds caught between the rock of over fishing and the hard place of phytoplankton stock degradation
and loss of their staple food courtesy of the warming and acidification of the North Atlantic.

Confined in distribution to the Norfolk Broads, the swallowtail butterfly, Papilio machaon, is the only representative of the Papilion family of butterflies in the British Isles. It is dependent on milk-parsley as the food plant for its caterpillars. Along with other species in the area, it is vulnerable to salt water ingress as sea-levels rise as polar ice melts.