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Digital Gardens Talk – Wildlife in the Archive

Oak beauty moth
Oak beauty moth

During this live segment of the Roll of Alumni Event we heard from recent Girton graduate Stewart Rosell (Natural Sciences, 2017). In his talk Wildlife in the Archive Stewart drew upon what he has learnt while studying at Girton College to answer these questions. He used historic wildlife records, some of which are from Girton students and held in the college archives, as a window into both the past and the future. These show recent changes in our local fauna, and also how we can use modern natural history records to communicate our observations to future generations. For Stewart this is the most exciting aspect of recording natural history. While the observations we make today are likely be used to study ecology in the future, we do not know who will use them or how our wildlife will have changed!

Below is the recording of the Zoom session including introductions by Dr Ruth Williams, Life Fellow of Girton College, Stewart’s talk and the Mistress’s short talk on her new discoveries in Girton’s gardens during the film “A stroll around Girton’s gardens”. Followed by Q&A with Stewart and the Mistress.