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Thu, 19 Oct


Shaftesbury Town Hall

Planet Shaftesbury's monthly meeting

We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Shaftesbury Town Hall. October's meeting includes an illustrated talk by Jocelyn Elson-Riggins PhD: 'Pooping for the Planet' - drawing attention to the role whales play in marine ecology, one not to miss - see more details below . Open to all.

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Planet Shaftesbury's monthly meeting
Planet Shaftesbury's monthly meeting

Time & Location

19 Oct 2023, 19:30 – 21:30

Shaftesbury Town Hall, 21 High St, Shaftesbury SP7 8JE, UK

About the Event

Dr Jocelyn Elson-Riggins is a Whale Poo Ambassador for the Rugvin Foundation and a self-employed

research consultant specializing in the fields of marine biology, veterinary parasitology, and wildlife

disease. Jocelyn is particularly interested in how anthropogenic change affects marine ecosystems

and marine mammals. In this session, Jocelyn will give an illustrated talk on the roles whales play in

marine ecosystems and in the mitigation of climate change. This will include findings from the latest

scientific research which have shattered previous assumptions about the importance of whales.

Finally, she will talk about the threats whales face in today’s world and will open the floor to group


The Rugvin Foundation’s “Whale Poo Game” will be on display, both to view and to play (but this will

be voluntary!). This game was developed as part of a workshop for school-age children. These

uplifting and educational workshops are designed to raise awareness of how sustainable living and

protection of whales can contribute to healthy ecosystems and the fight against climate change.

Our meeting will also provide opportunities to share news about local activities and projects.

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