Coral Reef Bleaching and its Effect on the Environment

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 24th October was Professor Nick Graham from Lancaster University.  In 1998 he was awarded  a Graham Lowe Scholarship from the club, to facilitate a three month project in the Philippines to study coral reef ecology. 

Following on from that he was selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar which allowed him continues his studies in Australia and work towards his PhD.  He subsequently returned back to the area and is currently a Research Fellow for the Royal Society, working at Lancaster University.

He gave a fascinating presentation on coral reef bleaching and its effect on the environment and explained how they are endeavouring to increase the numbers by a number of initiatives which include incorporating swift boxes and swift bricks on restored and new build house.

Westmorland Red Squirrels

Bob Cartwright

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th October was Bob Cartwright of the ‘Westmorland Red Squirrels’, who gave an illustrated presentation on the work of the society.

He explained about the plight of red squirrels in this country and how they are combating the increase of grey squirrels since 1940. He detailed the measures being taken to ensure that the species survives and how this can be achieved.

The use of trapping and extensive monitoring is resulting in a gradual increase in reds and shows that all hope is not lost and this part of England’s heritage is not lost for ever.

The Rotary Young Technology Competition

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 3rd October was Rotarian Peter Lambson from the Carnforth club and he is the District co-ordinator for the Rotary Young Technology competition. 

This is held annually for all the secondary schools in the north west of England and challenges team of four pupils to design and build a working model to fulfil a brief given to them on the day (all equipment and materials are supplied) . 

There are three levels, basic, intermediate and advanced, depending on their age, and the Kendal Club has agreed to host the event for the south lakes area. It will be held in March 2017 and detail will be sent out in December.