Pollinators, Predators and Productivity

  • July 12, 2016
    2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This farm walk will showcase the latest research from NIAB-EMR, University of Worcester and Wildflowers DSC03477 (M Mckerchar)collaborators, on managing the orchard environment for quality fruit production.


The event is hosted by Chandler & Dunn Ltd and the afternoon will include an orchard walk looking at the advantages of wildflowers in apples followed by a discussion and poster session, with displays and exhibits on the benefits of earwigs, hoverflies and other integrated pest management solutions.


Main Speakers:

Megan McKerchar (University of Worcester) – Managing wildflower strips in orchards at Chandler and Dunn – benefits to pollinators and beneficial insects – environmental and economic value

Michelle Fountain (NIAB EMR) – AHDB-funded research on the use of mating disruption techniques for moths to increase natural biocontrol of other pests – plus future prospects for speeding up the ecology of newly planted orchards

Dylan Hodgkiss (NIAB EMR and RHUL) – Importance of hoverflies as predators and pollinators in crops – efficacy and encouraging into crops


Poster Session/Short talks:

Short talks from Rachel McDonald (Centre for Agri-Environment Research, School of Agriculture, University of Reading) – Earwig numbers in orchards in relation to semi-natural/natural habitat features.

Charlotte Shelvey (University College London and Institute of Zoology at ZSL – Measuring avian predation rates on artificial caterpillars in orchards under differing management techniques

Sean Webber (Centre for Agri-Environment Research, School of Agriculture, University of Reading) – Alleyway cover cropping and mulching)

Paul Cobb (CFE) – Pollinators, greening and stewardship


The event will take place on Tuesday 12 July 2016. Meet at 2.30 at the packhouse at Chandler & Dunn Ltd, Goldstone Farm, Ash CT3 2DY.


A BBQ will be provided on site, generously funded by University of Worcester and NFU.


This CFE event is Free but booking is essential – please see   http://web.nfuonline.com/cfeevents (choose ‘South East’ for ‘Region’) or call the CFE National Event booking line on 02476 858 897. To speak to your regional CFE adviser specifically about the event, please call Paul Cobb on 07713 333160.


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