Peter Coates, Professor of American and Environmental History at the University of Bristol, and a co-investigator on WetlandLIFE, reflects on a paper he gave recently at the 3rd World Congress of Environmental History in Florianópolis, Brazil. The World Congress of Environmental History has met every 5 years since its inaugural meeting in Copenhagen in 2009.

There are 34 known species of mosquitoes in the UK, with an array of appearances, behaviour, favourite meals and preferred habitats. A type of landscape known for its association with mosquitoes are the wetlands, which include marshes, swamps, bogs and fens, among other types. On this World Mosquito Day, 20th August, together with the interdisciplinary team of the ‘WetlandLIFE’ project, we are taking a closer look at mosquitoes, considering both the benefits and the risks they can bring to wetland environments. Reported by Gillian Summers, University of Greenwich.

Dr Sharanya Basu-Roy, a wetlandLIFE Research Assistant in Economic Valuation from Cranfield University, shares her thoughts on recent field work visits to Alkborough Flats in North Lincolnshire and the Somerset Levels, two of the project's main case study sites and both great example of wetlands providing a multitude of benefits to people and the environment.

WetlandLIFE researcher Dr Mary Greary meets Dr Maureen O'Connor from University College Cork’s Scoil an Bhéarla (School of English) to talk bogs and their social representation in Ireland.

Dr Mary Gearey, Senior Research Fellow from the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton and WetlandLIFE project partner reflects on her latest conference presentation and participation at AAG Washington 2019.

WetlandLIFE researcher Adriana Ford reports from the 13th Ramsar Conference of the Parties in Dubai, where she and other wetlandLIFE team members ran a side event to explore the role of film and the arts in understanding the value of wetlands.

Dr Mary Gearey, Senior Research Fellow with the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton, shares her experiences of visiting the Mai Po nature reserve in Hong Kong’s New Territories – a wildlife haven surrounded by over 20 million local residents.

On a recent visit to one of our case study wetlands, Shapwick Heath (part of the Avalon Marshes system of wetlands that lie within the Somerset Levels close to Glastonbury) one of the team’s researchers, Dr Mary Gearey from the University of Brighton, met up with a local artist, Margaret Micklewright, to find out more about what delights her in this very special wetland.

Writing in May 2018, WetlandLIFE researcher Mary Gearey, a human geographer from the University of Brighton, reflects on the persistence of human artefacts in our three in-depth case study sites in Somerset, Bedford and Alkborough, and how these tie people to valued wetland landscapes, both in the distant past and the here-and-now.

By Peter Coates (co-investigator, University of Bristol)

The particular (and peculiar) paths down which our research takes us are often unpredictable. I experienced one of these moments of serendipity at our project team meeting in Greenwich last autumn. Project partner Jolyon Medlock, mosquito expert and Medical Entomologist with Public Health England, had brought along various textual artefacts. Among the items he spread out on a table were a poster about ‘The Mosquito Nuisance’ (with tips on how to ‘kill the wrigglers’); a list of ‘the known British mosquitoes’; a pamphlet entitled Principles and Practice of Mosquito Control; a circular on ‘the destruction of mosquito larvae in salt or brackish water’; and a photo of a man in dark glasses and a tweed jacket and waistcoat who looked like one of the more suspicious characters in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.