JANUARY MONTHLY MEETING
We welcomed visiting speaker, Alison Marsden from Gardening by Design who gave a talk with slides entitled “wildlife friendly gardening and great for people too!”
It was very interesting to think about how easy it is to do small things in the garden to support the local wildlife from tiny bugs and beetles to birds and butterflies and if you are determined, how to encourage or discourage the larger animals like squirrels and badgers.
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FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING
Thank you to Vanessa who gave a very informative talk with power point slides all about Viruses and Vaccines.
The science is fascinating and reminds us that we are at the mercy of micro-organisms everywhere. It seems that viruses attack other living organisms including bacteria and can rapidly disintegrate them in a mere 30 seconds. Fortunately, as much more complex organisms human beings are more able to fight back creating our own methods of defence.
In this current Covid Pandemic this was a useful source of inspiration and reassurance as Vanessa explained the different types of vaccines that have been developed around the world and how they work.
Years ago vaccines generally involved introducing a small amount of the virus or infection to encourage our bodies to create antibodies to attack specific pathogens and initiate our bodies immune response which includes creating phagocytes to engulf and consume them. Our bodies can then build up an army of antibodies and therefore be better prepared for further invasions.
Today it is down to the actual DNA and identifying the specific parts of the virus that allow it to enter our bodies. The vaccines prime our bodies to respond and fight the invading virus more effectively if we get exposed to Covid 19.
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