Pollinator Exchange “An information resource to help us support pollinators in our towns and cities”

Pollinator Exchange “An information resource to help us support pollinators in our towns and cities”

The Pollinator Exchange is a knowledge exchange portal created to provide people with an active interest in supporting pollinators in towns and cities with the information they need. It was developed at Bournemouth University as a reaction to two observations.

Firstly, as pollinators continue to decline in rural areas, there has been an increasing emphasis on the potential of towns, cities and other built-up areas to provide high-quality pollinator habitat. This interest has been fuelled by recent research that shows greater abundances of bumblebees, and higher production of wildflowers, in private gardens compared to traditional rural habitats.

Secondly, while knowledge about urban pollinators continues to emerge, it is not always shared with those who rely on it to make informed management decisions. A lack of access to scientific journals, for instance, can preclude valuable research from having a real impact on the ground.

It is our hope that the Pollinator Exchange will help facilitate communication and knowledge exchange between local councils, NGOs, private gardeners, scientists, ecological consultants and anyone else wanting to improve our towns and cities for the benefit of wild pollinators.

Find out more about the project here: Pollinator exchange 

Hengistbury Head Ecological Enhancement Project

Bournemouth University PhD researcher Alice Hall from the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (SciTech) launched a ‘Hengistbury Head Ecological Enhancement project’ last month (January 2018). In order to improve the marine life on the groynes at Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth University in connection with Hengistbury Head Visitors centre are creating artificial rockpools on the rock groynes at Hengistbury Head. The year 4 school children from St. Katharine’s Primary School, Southbourne have helped design the features which will be used to create the artificial rock pools. Once the rockpools are installed the general public and school children will have the opportunity to monitor the pools and help us monitor the marine life which comes to live in the pools.

The aims of this project are:

  1. To engage people with marine life associated with artificial structures and to increase the frequency of visitor interactions.
  2. To educate primary school children on the marine life associated with artificial structures and ways to enhance the ecology on the structures

Artificial rockpool construction at Hengistbury Head: 








3D model designs created by students from St. Katharine’s Primary School:













For more information contact Alice Hall on: ahall@bournemouth.ac.uk

Hunter N. Hines

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

Hunter N. Hines is a Ph.D. student working on microbial ecology, focusing on the biogeography and biodiversity of ciliates, a large and diverse group of single-celled eukaryotic organisms.  He is conducting research into ciliate communities found in the tropical aquatic ecosystems present in Florida, USA, such as freshwater ponds. His research to date has included the identification of several novel flagship species; some being first records out of Africa, and/or first records for the Americas.

The recent discoveries of ‘flagship’ ciliates in new locations and also several species of ciliates which are perhaps new to science are the current focus of his research which will include intensive sampling leading to detailed ecological and morphological investigations, with molecular work also ongoing.

Research links: @microbialecology, Researchgate

Supervisor: Professor Genoveva Esteban 

New Ichthyosaur Display at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Photo credit: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre will be opening a new display (14th January 2018) of the incredible ichthyosaur that starred in the BBC documentary ‘Attenborough and the Sea Dragon’. The fossil was discovered by local fossil collector Chris Moore. The centre has free entry and is on the beach at Charmouth, one of the best areas to collect fossils on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.  Visit the centre and discover how the pieces of this 200 millions year old murder mystery were pieces together, and take part in guided fossil hunting walks.

British Science Association are looking for Volunteers in new Bournemouth Branch





Image Credit: British Science Association

The British Science Association are currently in the process of launching a new volunteer branch in Bournemouth, and we are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to be part of the branch!

This is a perfect opportunity to get involved in organising innovative and exciting events which engage the public with science. If you’re interested, please use the contact link below:

Volunteer form

Bournemouth University Life and Environmental Sciences Collaboration

Promoting Scientific Knowledge and Understanding at Bournemouth University and beyond!

Within Bournemouth University’s Department of Life & Environmental Sciences, students and staff work in partnership to collaborate new knowledge and understanding in many ways, including placements, research assistantships, conference participation and outreach events.

We often collaborate with professional practitioners and this fusion fosters potential for the work having immediate practical benefits as well as being an inspiring way to learn. A new website development showcases this collaboration work and allows you to look at the work the university does and be able to connect with the people involved.

Emerging and Novel Inshore Fisheries: Research and Management

Date: May 17th 2016

Location: Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus, EB303 – Executive Business Centre

Time: 9.00 – 17.00

The increasing presence of non-native marine organisms is usually perceived as a threat to biosecurity and the conservation and protection of native species and habitats. With rising temperatures, and ever-widening global trade and communications, the frequency of introductions and establishment is unlikely to decline. The control of invasive species in open marine systems poses considerable challenges. Yet for a few species, such as Manila clams and Pacific oysters, fisheries might both contribute to management solutions and benefit the economy of coastal regions. Wild capture fisheries can also cause severe disturbances to marine ecosystems. Therefore if fisheries are to be supported in this management role, operations must be carefully considered and evaluated.

The aim of this seminar is to bring together agencies, academics and representatives of the fishing and aquaculture industry to consider three main questions

  1. What can we learn from the history of invasion of marine non-native species of economic value?
  2. What are the threats and opportunities from the ‘invasion’ of potentially valuable marine non-native species?
  3. How can we mitigate potential ecological damage through sustainable harvesting?

Full programme information will be updated shortly

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