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GAP and Devon Wildlife Trust Conference Programme 2009

News Date: 21.04.2009

GAP and DWT Conference

September 22nd - 24th 2009  

Reconnecting Fragmented Landscapes

 

Conference Programme and Conference Fees

 

Day 1: 22nd September

  • 11.30 : Registration and Poster session opens
  • 12.30 - 13.30 : Lunch. Hope Hall.
  • 13.45 - 14.00 : Welcome address: Robin Tucker. Operations Director, Natural England. Streatham Court Lecture Theatre.

 

Session 1 Landscapes and grazing animals. Streatham Court Lecture Theatre

Chair for Session 1: Jayne Manley. Development and Communications Director, Northmoor Trust.

  • 14.00 - 14.20 : Fragmented Landscapes from global to local - an historical perspective: examples from the world stage and an introduction to how approaches have changed.  Speaker: Dr Mike Moser. Chairman, North Devon Biosphere Reserve
  • 14.20 - 15.00 : How to re-connect landscapes - a government agency perspective. A forward look at how a refreshed Biodiversity Action Plan process, advice programmes and Agri-environment schemes will help re-connect fragmented landscapes. Speakers: David Appleton, Delivery Leader, England Biodiversity Strategy, Alison Tytherleigh, Delivery Manager, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Ross Evans, Senior Specialist, Land Management Advisory Service. Natural England.
  • 15.00 - 15.20 : How to re-connect landscapes - a farmers perspective. Personal account of what farmers need to effectively re-connect landscapes with sustainable grazing systems making reference to recent research where appropriate. Speaker: Paula Wolton. Farmer.
  • 15.20 - 15.45 : Working wetlands - creating a living landscape in the Culm. Part of a wider co-ordinated approach. Speaker: Peter Burgess. Working Wetlands Project Manager. Devon Wildlife Trust.
  • 15.45 - 16.00 : Questions from the floor
  • 16.00 - 16.30 : Coffee, Tea and Biscuits, Poster Session

 

Session 2 Ecology and culture. Streatham Court Lecture Theatre

Chair for Session 2: Caroline Drummond. Chief Executive, Linking Environment And Farming

  • 16.30 - 16.50 : Re-connecting with soils. Intro to the soil conservation challenge and win-wins for fragmented landscapes and natives. Speaker: Jerry Tallowin. Agro-ecologist.
  • 16.50 - 17.10 : Re-connecting with water. Threats and Opportunities from water and waste management for grazing animals and the landscape. Speakers: Dr. Dylan Bright, Director West Country Rivers Trust and Martin Ross, Environmental Manager South West Water.
  • 17.10 - 17.30 : Re-connecting with cultural values. Outline framework for re-connecting native breeds and high environment value landscapes with local cultural identity. Speaker: Gavin Saunders. Neroche Project Manager. Forestry Commission.
  • 17.30 - 18.00 : Questions from the floor.

Close of session 2.

 

  • 18.10 - 19.30 : Fringe Meetings.

 - Nature reserves fringe meeting. Ben le Bas. National Nature Reserves Co-ordinator. Natural England.

 - Produce marketing fringe meeting. Liz Bowles and Christine Goodall Sustainable Food and Farming Specialist, Natural England. 

 - Commons and Pastoralism fringe meeting. John Thorley. Director Pastoral Alliance, National Sheep Association.

 - Extensive grazing and climate change. Bill Grayson. Conservation Grazier and organic farming advisor.

 

  • 19.30 - 24.00 : Dinner. Hope Hall.

 

Day 2: 23rd September

  • 07.15 - 08.00 : Breakfast. Hope Hall.

 

Session 3: Field Trips. Hope Hall. 

  • 08.00 - 08.15 : Briefing for the day. Jayne Manley. Development and Communications Director. Northmoor Trust.
  • 08.15 - 08.25 : Welcome to the West Country. Speaker: Matt Boydell. Land Management Manager. Devon Wildlife Trust.
  • 08.30 : Depart for Field Trips

 

  • 08.30 - 18.00 : Field Trips

 - Dundsdon Farm: Max 34 delegates - DWT to lead.

 - Affeton Moor Landscape: Max 34 delegates - DWT to lead.

 - Neroche Project: Max 56 delegates - Gavin Saunders to lead.

 - Dartmoor Two Moors Threatened Fritillary Project and Dartmoor farmers forum: Max 34  delegates - Butterfly Conservation to lead.

 - Fowlscombe and Wembury Point: Max 34 delegates - Richard Barker - Rare Breeds Survival Trust / Simon Garner - National Trust to lead.

  • 19.30 - 12.00 : Formal Dinner of locally sourced food. Hope Hall.

       Formal welcome to Devon

  • 20.30 : After Dinner Key Note Speech: Dr. Paul Gompertz. Director of Devon Wildlife Trust.
  • 21.00 - 24.00 : Music by Band of Gold.

 

Day 3: 24th September

  • 7.30 - 8.30 Breakfast. Hope Hall

Session 4: From theory into practice. Streatham Court Lecture Theatre

Chair for Session 4: Paul Cottingdon, South West Environment Advisor, National Farmers Union. 

  • 08.45 - 09.00 : Assemble for the field trip feedback brief
  • 09.00 - 09.30 : Break out groups with facilitators to prepare presentations
  • 09.30 - 09.50 : Native Breeds, Nature and Farming - How to make it happen on the ground. Speakers: Lawrence Alderson, Technical Advisor, Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Rodger Wardle, Consultant.
  • 09.50 - 10.10 : PONT. Speaker: Hilary Kehoe. Ynys Mon Local Grazing Scheme Coordinator and Charles Morgan PONT Co-ordinator. PONT.
  • 10.10 - 10.30 : The Ecosystems Approach. Outline of Doncaster College new land management academy. Native breeds and high environmental value landscapes at its core. Speakers: Steven Hall and Darren Whittaker, Doncaster College.
  • 10.30 - 11.15 : Tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 11.15 - 12.30 : Five field trip presentations, 5 mins each with 5 mins discussion after each presentation.

 

Session 5: Looking to the future. Streatham Court Lecture Theatre.

Chair for Session 5: Andy Ormiston. Managing Director, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)

  • 12.30 - 12.50 : Perspectives from Germany. Speaker: Karl Heinz Kolb. Baviarian Landsiedlung, Bavarian Farmers Association.
  • 12.50 - 13.20: Rebuilding farming to prepare for future challenges. Speaker: Graham Harvey author of The Carbon Fields and We Want Real Food.
  • 13.20 - 13.40 : Closing Address. Speaker: Richard Snow. Environmental Advisor, Defence Estates.

 

  • 13.40 - 14.30 : Lunch. Hope Hall.

 Conference Close

 

Conference Fees

Three day conference pass.                                                                  £200 plus VAT

Two nights en-suite accomodation, all meals and formal dinner.               £100 plus VAT

Pass to formal dinner only.                                                                     £35 plus VAT

Day pass for day 1 only, including lunch.                                                 £45 plus VAT 

DISCOUNTS:

Farmer discount £25

 

TO BOOK: Telephone 01392 260880 or email gapconference@devonwildlifetrust.org

 

Cancellations made after Friday 19th June will attract a cancellation fee of £150.