Now starting on Tues 13th Aug

Artists Kerry Morrison and Helmut Lemke are bringing the ‘WETLANDS on WHEELS’ (WoW) Hub to the Millennium Country Park!

Part laboratory, part exhibition – the WoW vintage caravan is a great place to learn about how amazing Wetland habitats are and all about the insects and animals that live there. From mosquitos, to cormorants – see wildlife from a totally different perspective – through sound art, sketches and microscopes.  

The WetLANDlife project has been running for 3 years and this is the culmination of their work at the Country Park – meet the scientists behind it all and find out about their discoveries.

The Wetlands on Wheels (WoW) Caravan will be on site:

Mon 12th - Thurs 15th Aug

Sat 17th - Sun 18th Aug

Tues 20th - Weds 21st Aug

Fri 23rd - Sun 25th Aug

Helmut and Kerry on site

Walks and Workshops

Fri 23rd Aug (2 - 4pm) 'Sounds From Underneath' with Helmut Lemke - A workshop that makes normally inaudible sounds audible 
Sat 24th (2 - 4pm) 'Mosquitos and Wetlands' with Dr Frances Hawkes - A walk and talk about the Wetland Life project

Prices

All sessions are free.Parking charges apply. Friends of the Forest get free parking all year round* at the Forest Centre - click here for more information

Here is a mesostic poem, written by the artists, inspired by the project:

Mesostic poem


'Itching for Understanding, the Wetlands on Wheels' is supported by Valuing Nature, the Arts Council England, and the Forest of Marston Vale. Kerry (Socio-Environment Art)  and Helmut (Sound Art) are members of the WetlandLIFE team in England. WetlandLife is a three-year (2016-19) interdisciplinary project funded by the AHRC, ESRC and NERC through the valuing Nature Programme in the UK. The research Team consists of 16 Scientists from 4 UK universities and of 3 artists.

For more information, call 01234 762614 or send us an email. 

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Academic and artist bios

Dr. Kerry Morrison
Kerry Morrison is an artist with a doctorate in Environmental Science. Kerry merges art with ecology to intriguing interventions in the landscape. Commissioned works include: Tate Liverpool; Liverpool Biennial; The Arnolfini, Bristol - in association with The Wellcome Trust & NESTA; as well as work in response to global environment and ecological issues.

Dr Sharanya Basu Roy
Sharanya is Research Assistant in Economic Analysis of Wetland Ecosystem Services School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE) at Cranfield University. Her research specialisms include water, environmental law and economics - currently, her research focuses on economic valuation, scenario analysis, risk assessment and economic impact assessment of ecosystem services, especially in wetlands.

Professor Joe Morris
Joe Morris is Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University specialising in the social and economic valuation of natural resources, related governance systems, and the supporting links between science, policy and practice.

Helmut Lemke
Helmut is a sound artist with more than 40 years of experience in indoor and outdoor sound work. He has worked all over the globe and collaborated with experts from a wide variety of disciplines. He is internationally renowned for his concerts, performances, exhibitions and research.

Dr Frances Hawkes
Frances is a Research Fellow and Behavioural Entomologist at the Natural Resources Institute University of Greenwich. Her PhD focussed on how mosquitos locate human hosts, using cutting edge 3D technology to create a prototype trap which has been successfully tested in Burkina Faso. This research was presented to the House of Commons as part of a showcase of early-career research excellence and future scientific and technical leaders, supported by the Society of Biology. She has since continued her work at the.