Fascinating elephant facts revealed as university and natural history society sign collaborative agreement

Fascinating elephant facts revealed as university and natural history society sign collaborative agreement

Elephants’ fear of bees and dislike of chillies; two facts to emerge during an evening’s talk from  wildlife biologist and TV presenter Lizzie Daly who spoke at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus.

The star of BBC’s Earth Unplugged and Curious Creatures came as part of a celebration to mark a collaboration between the Ambleside Natural History Society and the University of Cumbria.

Over a hundred people attended the free lecture (Thursday 11 October) which marked the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Ambleside Natural History Society and the University of Cumbria.

The Ambleside Natural History Society was founded in 1954 and has been running a vibrant programme of lectures and field excursions covering all aspects of natural history including geology, plant life and wildlife as well as human interactions with the natural world.

The collaboration aims to encourage communities in the central Lake District to gain a greater understanding of the natural world and environment.

In her talk Living with Elephants Lizzie Daly explained how a three month expedition to the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya saw her record incidents of human-elephant conflict; crop-raiding is a daily occurrence. At the same time, elephants can provide valuable cash income from eco-tourism. Lizzie Daly will explore the question how we can coexist alongside elephants for the future and provide valuable insights into the resolution of human-wildlife conflict in Kenya and beyond.

The University of Cumbria’s teaching and research provision in conservation biology, outdoor studies, geography and forestry at the Lake District Campus in Ambleside provides exciting opportunities for collaboration to enrich the lives of Lake District’s communities and students alike.

The talk was made possible by contributions from the Ambleside Natural History Society, the student-led Ambleside Conservation Society and a bequest by Jean and Morison Harding who were both active members of the Ambleside Natural History Society.

More more information on future talks held at the Ambleside campus look here.

Pictured: L-R Senior lecturer in conservation biology Dr Volker Deecke, broadcaster Lizzie Daly, Pro Vice Chancellor (Director of People Services)Michelle Leek and Ambleside Natural History Society vice chairman Mike Green/