The Natural History of Farnham

Elephant hawkmoth

Monday 19 January

 

Our speaker, Dr Martin Angel, had followed a career in marine biology, taking part in numerous oceanographic surveys, and was for a time Vice President of the British Ecological Society. He is also involved actively with the Bourne Conservation Group.

The lecture gave a view of the diversity of species to be seen in Farnham, – mammals, birds and insects. Some of these have been present in Farnham for many centuries, others are more recent arrivals. Different species are found in different seasons of the year, with the number of different species present at any one time being dependent upon season. This was shown to be of great relevance in planning matters. Figures presented showed how an environmental analysis, to support a planning application, can give an unrealistically low assessment of species on site, which will increase the likelihood of planning consent being granted.