British Science Week 15th March: Tree and Grassland Investigations

During British Science Week on the 15th March 2016, the Drought Risk and You (DRY) Project at the University of the West of England, Bristol are inviting the public to join us to take part in hands-on science investigations and to learn about the impacts of drought and climate change on grasslands and trees in their local area.

The DRY Project, is taking a pioneering approach to better understand drought by bringing together a unique blend of hydrological and ecological science and stories from different water users to inform drought risk decision-making in England, Scotland and Wales. Through the DRY Project, we are exploring the impacts of drought and climate change on trees and grasslands in three river catchments, one of which is the River Frome near Bristol.

DSCF0182We will meet at 10.00am by Car Park 19 at the University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. We will then walk down to Simms Hill Wood. Bring warm clothes and outdoor footwear. You can take part in all or some parts of the activities.

10.10-10.30: Introduction to the project: In Simms Hill Wood, we will discuss our ecological and drought research on trees and grasslands in the Frome Catchment, and current opportunities to volunteer and get involved in different aspects of the project.

10.30-11.45: Tree Survey in Simms Hill Wood: We will discuss the history of Simms Hill Wood and the role of the Forestry Commission in its management. You will have the opportunity to take part in a tree monitoring activity and enter discussions about the future impacts of a changing climate on British trees.

11.45-13:00: Exploring interactions between drought, pollinating insects and plants: We will showcase our state of the art grassland ‘mesocosm’ experiments designed to manipulate the amount of rainfall received by grasslands. You will learn about the impacts of drought on the interactions between pollinating insects and plants in your local area by participating in a science investigation in our grassland experiments.

Attending the event

UWE has limited parking therefore we encourage visitors to travel to the campus using public transport. Further details can be found here:

If you are interested in attending the event or in need of a car parking space please email or ring Natasha in advance of the event at or ring 0117 32 87350. Further information about the project can be found by visiting:


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