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Saturday 4 September 2021, 2pm

Field Trip to Cavenham Heath.

Cavenham Heath is a National Nature Reserve between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds. Bill Sutherland will be the guide – he lives nearby and knows the site well. It is part of Breckland (named after breck – breaking ground for short term growing of crops, which is then left after a few years). Breckland was one of the first areas in Britain cleared by humans and is open heathland now kept open by grazing. The site is famous for stone curlew who form a roost here in the autumn that we stand a good chance of seeing. Other regular birds include woodlark and stonechat.  A group of red deer are regularly seen. We will walk down a sandy track (was the main London to Norwich road at the time of the Peasant’s revolt) down to the river Lark then back through the woods. It will not be muddy.

There is a car park, refreshments and a toilet at the site.

Further details

If you are interested in joining us please in the details below and we will get in touch with you again by the middle of August with further details.


If Government restrictions allow would you take up the offer of transport from Cambridge to the Brecks (and back)?

Saturday 13 November 2021, 2.30 - 3.45 pm

Our first virtual lab tours in April were a great success!  We were delighted to welcome many friends who had not been able to attend any of our previous alumni events.

Our next virtual event will be in November and we hope that you will find the following three speakers enticing:

Colourful Cichlids: The genetic and developmental basis of morphological change
Dr Emilia Santos, University Lecturer, NERC Independent Research Fellow

The First Animals: using ecology to unlock the secrets of early animal evolution
Dr Emily Mitchell, NERC Independent Research Fellow

Beautiful butterflies and dirty maggots: Using genetics to understand biodiversity and feed the world
Prof Chris Jiggins, Professor of Evolutionary Biology

They will each take you on a "tour" of their labs and then you will each have the opportunity to ask some questions.

Let us know below if you are interested and we will be in touch again later in the year.

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