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Biodiversity in Bedminster

Students undertaking community based learning projects are coming to the end of their dissertation process and are beginning to disseminate their results to the community.  Last night student Julia Kole shared her findings with the Bedminster community.  Julia discussed the benefits and limitations of wildlife corridors and stepping stones in Bedminster.  Attendees asked lots of questions about the project and discussed how the local community can take forward findings from Julia's dissertation.

Julia also conducted an interview earlier in the week with B@se radio about the project.  She discusses her background growing up in Canada and her interested in the environment from a young age enjoying watching nature documentaries.  This led on to studying in the US and working with children in national parks and Julia discusses the impact this had on children involved.

She explains that she picked the Environmental Policy and Management MSc due to the institution being world renowned and how she loved the city. She talks of how the course is a great mix of different subjects from climate change modelling and impact to statistical analysis as well as a mix of students from all over the world sharing their knowledge.  She also shares her findings on how biodiversity in Bedminster can be improved. 

Listen to Julia's interview:
 https://soundcloud.com/toms-tuesday-night-club/julia-kole-on-bristols-environmental-scene-9th-september-2014.
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This blog is written by Hannah Tweddle, Community Based Learning Intern at the Cabot Institute.
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