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Windermere Science Evening

Dips, Depths, and Directions

Wednesday 20 March at 7:00 pm

Currently, the ramp access from the top of Crag Brow to the Theatre is unavailable. Temporarily, all access to the theatre is via the steps on Rayrigg Road.  We apologise for the inconvenience whilst these essential upgrades are done. If you require ramp access to the Theatre, please phone 015394 40872.

PhD Researcher Taylor Butler-Eldridge from the University of Exeter is hosting the second Windermere Science Evening here at the Old Laundry Theatre. Please arrive for welcome drinks from 6:30 pm. The presentations will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Join us for an evening of talks from the University of Exeter, Freshwater Biological Association, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, South Cumbria Rivers Trust, and Lancaster University. The evening will feature historical and current research, monitoring, and practical initiatives to help understand and improve water quality and ecological health within the Windermere catchment. It will be a chance to learn more about the main pressures that affect water quality, long-term data, and our freshwater critters (human and non-human) swimming in this iconic yet fragile ecology. There will be a chance to ask our speakers about the state of Windermere and what can be done to help improve conditions.

Talks include:

– ‘Outdoor Swimming and Environmental Health at Windermere’ by Taylor Butler-Eldridge (University of Exeter).
– ‘Windermere’s History and Current Pressures on Water Quality’ by Dr Louise Lavictoire (Freshwater Biological Association).
– ‘Long-term Changes in the Ecology of Windermere’ by Dr Ellie Mackay and Dr Steve Thackeray (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).
– ‘Invasive Non-Native Species in the Windermere Catchment’ by Sammy Graves (South Cumbria Rivers Trust).
– ‘Water Quality Insights from the Big Windermere Survey’ by Dr Ben Surridge (Lancaster University).

Tickets are free for this event – please click on the Book Now link to secure yours.
NB, we are only issuing e-tickets for this event, so please have your digital ticket available on your phone to be scanned by Box Office staff on the evening. Your confirmation email will have a downloadable link to your ticket. We look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Please let us know in advance if you have any additional access needs.
Contact the host, Taylor Butler-Eldridge (tb585@exeter.ac.uk), to discuss any learning needs.

The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube: www.youtube.com/@swimdermere/streams (no registration or booking required).

This event has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the South-West Doctoral Training Partnership, and the University of Exeter.


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Wednesday 20 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Old Laundry Theatre
Crag Brow, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3BX United Kingdom
015394 40872


Bowness Theatre Festival