Paisley Natural History Society Talks

When: Thursdays: 5 September, 3 October, 7 November, 5 December
Cost: FREE
Where: The Wynd Centre 6 School Wynd Paisley

Paisley Natural History Society Autumn 2019 Talks Programme



Thursday 5th September    

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley


Exploring the mysteries of the deep Atlantic

Prof J Murray Roberts FRSB (Head Changing Oceans Research Group, Edinburgh University)

We live on a blue planet with the oceans covering over 70% of Earth’s surface and rely on the oceans for food, recreation and for the oxygen in every fourth breath we take.

The oceans were the cradle for life on Earth and today support an incredible array of habitats from shallow tropical coral reefs to the vast expanses of the deep sea. However, we have entered a period of unprecedented global change. Human activities are not only warming the planet but causing the chemistry of the seas the change more rapidly than at any point in the past. Our oceans have absorbed approximately a third of carbon dioxide released since the industrial revolution. This is shifting the chemistry of seawater towards acidification, a shift that could stress marine life with limestone shells or skeletons.

This lecture will examine the potential implications for life in these changing oceans taking examples from the incredible diversity of marine ecosystems to the west of Scotland in the deep Atlantic Ocean.


Thursday 3rd October   

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley


Tag-n-Track: Part Deux

Hayley Douglas (Tag-n-Track Project Officer)

What's been happening with the gulls since Tag--Track's first visit? Who's been where, who's come back and who's new.



Thursday 7th November

Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley


Peatland Wildlife and Conservation

David Hill (Peatland Restoration Project Officer, Butterfly Conservation Scotland)

This talk will highlight the importance of peatland habitats for wildlife, particularly butterflies and moths, before discussing how Scottish peatlands are being restored.



These talks are free of charge and open to everyone.


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