Brian Eversham has been Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire since 2009, having previously worked as Conservation Director for the Trust.
Responsible for nature reserves, wider countryside conservation, and training, Brian developed the Trust’s monitoring work, and introduced landscape-scale conservation, helping launch the Great Fen project, and schemes in the Nene Valley, the Northants Limestone, the North Chilterns and Cambridgeshire’s ancient woodlands. He has also promoted landscape-scale conservation nationally among the Wildlife Trusts. Previously, Brian was Head of Zoology and Research Co-ordinator at the national Biological Records Centre, where he managed around 15,000 volunteers, gathering data on 10,000 species. He developed research applications focused on climate change, land-use patterns, and their impacts on biodiversity. His personal interests include birds, botany, lichens, insects and molluscs. He is author of over 200 scientific papers and reports.
The enormous lowland peatland of the Fen basin was drained from the 17th century, and over 99% became intensive arable farmland. The few surviving fen fragments are now focus for landscape-scale habitat creation, at Wicken, the Great Fen and in Lincolnshire. Brian will explain the drainage and loss, describe the process of restoration, and present some recent successes in restoring a cluster of wetlands of international importance.