Sat, 25 Sept

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Kingston upon Hull

The value of urban settings for biodiversity

Join Dr Africa Gómez on a walk along the seafront at Victoria Dock and learn about how urban settings can be successfully managed for biodiversity.

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The value of urban settings for biodiversity

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25 Sept 2021, 14:00

Kingston upon Hull, North Bridge, Hull HU1, UK

About the Event

The  City of Hull is crossed by the River Hull and its southern boundary is made by the Humber Estuary, a site of international importance by its migrating and wintering birds.

Mud  is a defining feature of both the lower reaches of the river Hull and the Humber, mud rich in worms, and small shrimps and snails that provide food for wading birds. During the autumn and winter, the river Hull and Humber frontage are home to Curlews, Redshank,  several gull species and Cormorants. 

During the walk, Africa will talk about biodiversity in and around the city of Hull and the natural regeneration of the saltmarsh in the lower reaches of the river Hull.

Where? This walk will start on North Bridge and will take us down the River Hull, to its mouth by The Deep aquarium, We'll cross the river on Half Penny Bridge and then walk on the promenade along the Humber by Victoria Dock Village. We’ll finish just by the  new Siemens Factory at Alexandra Dock. The walk takes place at low tide, when the mud is exposed and we may be able to watch waders as they forage.

How far do we walk? 1.8  miles (2.9 km) each way. Warm layers and binoculars would be ideal.

When? The  start of the walk is at 2pm, we anticipate the walk to take less than 3 h.

Who? Africa's  research background is on the genetic structure of aquatic invertebrates. She has researched tadpole shrimps on temporary ponds in the UK, planktonic rotifers of salt lakes in Spain and around the world and Bryozoans living encrusting kelp around rocky coasts  of the Atlantic. She is passionate about the natural environment, a keen birder and naturalist and has been recording wildlife in Hull for two decades.

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