Training and public speaking

The conservation of pollinators and pollination services is a fast-moving area of ecology with new findings being published on a weekly basis. As a service to ecological consultancies, environmental management departments, NGOs, and other organisations, I offer bespoke training workshops (either online or face-to-face) based on the latest understanding of how to support pollinators in a rapidly changing world.

These workshops range from an hour to a full day in length and can be tailored to your exact requirements, covering everything from the basic ecology of pollinators through to detailed case-studies of how to provide for pollinators in habitat creation and restoration schemes.

In addition to training I am in demand as a speaker and regularly give talks about plants, pollinators and biodiversity to natural history societies, beekeeping groups, and gardening societies, as well as commercial organisations. Below is a list of what I offer, with a short description. All talks are accessible and understandable to a broad audience, and can be tailored to the individual needs of the group:

Pollinators & Pollination: Nature and Society is an introduction to the importance of pollinators and the pollination services that they provide to both wild and crop plants. The name, of course, reflects that of my recent book.

The Politics of Pollination is an account of how society (governments, organisations and individuals) has responded to the current “pollination crisis” (if that’s what it actually is…)

Bees in Cities: an Introduction to Urban Pollinators focuses on the positive roles that urban environments can play for pollinators, and the potential threats of city living.

Pollinators in Gardens gives practical advice on how to make your garden “pollinator friendly”.

Pollinator Conservation: Threats and Opportunities describes how and why pollinators are declining and what we can do about it at the individual and societal level.

Habitat Creation and Management for Pollinators gives an introduction to how NGOs, estates departments, consultancies, and so forth, can effectively support pollinators in ways that go beyond just planting flowers and putting up a few “bee hotels”.

To Be a Flower is an introduction to how flowers function and the ways in which their behaviour manipulates pollinators to ensure reproduction. You did know that plants have behaviour, just like animals, didn’t you……?

Darwin’s Unrequited Isle: a Personal Natural History of Tenerife describes some of the field work that we’ve been doing on this most fascinating of the Canary Islands.

Biodiversity: What Is It and Why Should We Care? gives a very general overview of the topic of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Talks typically last for around 50 minutes, following which I’m happy to answer questions and discuss any issues that have arisen. 

To enquire about training and public speaking, please use the form on the Contact page.