Elegy for a River

Dr Tom Moorhouse spent eleven years beside rivers, fens, canals, lakes, and streams researching British wildlife. Quite a lot of it has tried to bite him.


Tom Moorhouse's research into waterways has spanned native and invasive species, from water voles and mink to white-clawed and signal crayfish. Join us for a fascinating talk about Dr Moorhouse's research findings, the realities of conservation, and why, despite everything, he still clings to optimism about the future of our rivers and wild places.

This event is drop-in, no need to book ahead.

  • Oxfordshire Mammal Group members: Free
  • Non-members: £3 entry
There will be an opportunity to purchase annual membership to the Oxfordshire mammal group for just £6.
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About the speaker:

Dr Tom Moorhouse is a conservation research scientist who has worked for twenty years at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in Oxford University's Zoology Department. Since completing his DPhil on the conservation ecology of water voles in 2003, his research has covered water vole reintroductions, the management of signal crayfish, and hedgehog conservation. More recently he has studied the impacts of wildlife tourism and the global demand for wildlife products. Outside of conservation research, Tom is the author of award-winning children's fiction. He has also published a number of public engagement pieces based on his own work, and was the winner of the 2003 New Scientist New Millennial Science Writing Competition, entitled Reintroducing 'Ratty'. He lives in Oxford and spends as much time as possible beside water.

Accessibility information:

Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Hearing loops? Yes
Seating? Yes
Refreshments? No
Flashing lights? No
Loud noises? No

For more information, please visit our accessibility webpage, or contact Chris Jarvis (chris.jarvis@oum.ox.ac.uk).