Online webinars

Due to restrictions put in place by the COVID-19 regulations, BGS has looked to online events in the absence of face-to-face meetings and visits.

A series of two webinars examining carbon sequestration were held in June-July in conjunction with BSAS and the Stapledon Memorial Trust.

Following a successful webinar on Herbal Leys, in association with AHDB, a further three webinars are planned on the subject.

Carbon webinars

The two ‘Locking in C with Grasslands’ webinars, held in association with BSAS and the Stapledon Memorial Trust, were very well attended with over 100 participants signing in to each of them.   The webinars addressed the science and policy potential of grassland to capture and store C as part of agriculture’s road map to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.

The first webinar, aimed at researchers, concentrated on the science behind and the potential of soil, pasture and on-farm woodland to increase C storage potential and improve efficiency (reduce emissions).

The speakers were Dr Andrew Neal (Rothamsted),  Dr Katya Klump (INRAE) and Dr Helen Sheridan (UCD).

To view the recording of the webinar, click on the link below.

Webinar 1 recording
Andy Neal slides
Katja Klump slides
Webinar chat (Q&A)

The second webinar addressed the question ‘How can policy facilitate locking C in grasslands’, and explored the interface between science and policy starting with a short summary of the talks and discussions from the first webinar on the science of Locking in C with Grasslands, followed by  presentations from scientists who advise policy makers.

The speakers were Dr Rebecca Heaton (CCC), Paul Muto (Natural England) and Jorgen Olesen (Aarhus University).

To view the recording of the webinar, click on the link below.

Webinar 2 recording
Rebecca Heaton slides
Paul Muto slides
Jorgen Olesen slides
Webinar chat (Q&A)

Herbal Ley webinars

A series of webinars on the subject of herbal leys are being held in association with AHDB.

Webinar 1: Herbal leys – delivering livestock performance and environmental improvements (22 July 2020)

This panel discussion featured a conversation between Paul Muto (Natural England), Professor Chris Reynolds (University of Reading), Sam Lane (Cotswold Seeds) and Rob Richmond (Dairy Farmer).  

A number of items were discussed, and the full webinar can be viewed here.

Webinar 2: Herbal leys: Establishment – looking forward to 2021 (22 September 2020)

The panel included Kate Still (Soil Association and FAB farmers facilitator), Robert Thornhill (dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar) and Dafydd Parry Jones (organic beef and sheep farmer and Farming Connect mentor).

To view the webinar, click here.

Webinar 3: Herbal leys: Considerations beyond the price tag (Tuesday 1 December 2020)

Webinar 4: Herbal leys: Feeding and grazing management (Wednesday 3 March 2021)

Speakers at the first Herbal Leys webinar held on 22 July.

Left to right:
Top: Paul Muto, Becky Miles (convenor), Sam Lane
Bottom: Chris Reynolds, Rob Richmond

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