Wasps are not just a yellow and black striped aggressive insect that can annoy us in our gardens and homes. They are in fact an essential group of insects for protecting our crops and the health of our ecosystems. Social wasps have evolved traits that make them appear very intelligent insects, they can make decisions, solve problems and even recognise different faces! There's over 9000 species of wasps in Britain and many have been commercialised to help in crop protection. Without wasps it would be an ecological and economical disaster for us. This talk explains why.Views: 916 | Enquiries: 6
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I have been fascinated by insects and other invertebrates for most of my life.
Starting out as an Amateur Entomologist, studying and conserving butterflies on the South Downs, I went on to pursue a professional career as an entomologist. For over 42 years I undertook plant science research at the John Innes Centre (one of the UK's leading research centres), where I became Head of the Entomology Department. Retiring from my life as a Research Entomologist, I now continue with my love of entomology through a wide range of public engagement activities.
I not only talk to Garden clubs and Horticultural clubs on various insect (bug) - related subjects, but hold Plant Pest Clinics at Garden Centres and national flower/garden shows. However, the content and any views expressed during my talks are my own and do not reflect those of others or any organisations.
I'm also often called upon by the media to speak about topical bug issues and have appeared on popular TV shows such as Gardeners' World, Inside Out, Tonight, Horizon, BBC Breakfast, the A to Z of TV Gardening, The Great British Garden Revival and even Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule show on ITV. I've also featured on BBC Gardeners Question Time and run the Plant Pest Clinic for Toby Buckland's Flower Festival at Powderham Castle each year, where I also give talks.
I also have the great honour of being the Resident Entomology Expert for BBC Radio Suffolk and Radio Norfolk and also have a weekly feature on Toby Buckland's BBC Radio Devon Gardening Programme which he calls, 'The Entomologist Entertains'
Please Google 'Ian Bedford Speaker' for links to more information on my work and activities. Also, my availability can be seen on my 'Talks for Garden Clubs' webpage
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