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Thursday, 2 April 2009

March Talk by Gavin Haig

The speaker for the March meeting was local surgeon Gavin Haig who gave an illustrated talk on the "Celebration of Trees, Birds, Hedgerows and Butterflies" with slides taken at his Spillifords, river side garden.

A large group of members and friends were treated to an informative talk about how humans need nature to achieve a well balanced lifestyle. He discussed many plants which give the basis of treatments for various ailments, including the benefits of stinging nettles.

He explained how he believed that Devon is a stunning county with loveliness all around, if we just looked around us. He showed photos of trees, nest boxes and birds accompanied by bird song on tape. He showed many varieties of butterfly and their food supply in the woodland margin of his 4 acre wildlife garden, which he opens as part of the National Garden Scheme.

He showed photos of flowers growing in hedgerows and explained how the Devon hedgerow is home to many wildlife homes. He developed a picture of Trees, Hedgerows, Birds & Butterflies which played a big part visually as we bonded with nature.

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