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

In association with AHDB, the first webinar was entitled ‘Herbal leys – delivering livestock performance and environmental improvements’ and took the form of a panel discussion featuring 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.

Due to the interest expressed, a further three webinars are planned to examine aspects of the growth and management of herbal leys.

Webinar 1: Tuesday 22 September 2020 – Establishment of Herbal Leys

The panel will include:  Kate Still, Soil Association and FAB farmers facilitator; Robert Thornhill, dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar; Dafydd Parry Jones, organic beef and sheep farmer and Farming Connect mentor

Each panelist will give a short presentation.  This will be followed by a Q&A session. 

Topics covered will include:  Suitable soils, topography, temperature tolerance; Variety selection criteria; Establishment methods; Overcoming establishment challenges; Management post-establishment – weed control and the first grazing/cut.

To register for the webinar, click here.  If you can’t make it on the night, please still register, as it will be recorded and sent to you afterwards to watch in your own time.

Webinar 2: Tuesday 1 December 2020

Webinar 3: Tuesday 2 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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