THE WILDLAND NETWORK - EVENTS in 2008
WN Events in 2008
Wild free and coming back? (16-17 Sept)
Towards a joined up policy on connected landscapes (May/June 2008)
Events in 2007
Beavers and Large Carnivores in Bavaria (16-21 Sept)
Ecological Consequences of Wildling (12, 13 July 2007)
Making wildland pay (12, 13 April 2007)
Events of other organisations in 2007
The science underpinning the conservation of biodiversity (2 March 2007)
Wild land or rewilding? (21 March 2007)
Big Cats in Britain (23 - 25 March 2007)
Tools & Techniques for Pastoralism and Wild Lands (12-14 June 2007)
WN Events in 2006
Rewilding middle England (22 Nov, WN & LRWT)
Scary or What? (Re-introductions 8 Sept WN, BANC)
Oostvardersplassen (8-12 May WN)
Elmley Marshes (20 May BANC, WN)
Wildland in Wales (7/8 April WN)
Tir Gwyllt yng Nghymru (7fed ac 8fed Ebrill)
Events in 2006 of other organisations
Conservation on the Grand Scale (13 Oct-17 Nov)
Creating woodland for our future (17th - 8th Oct)
Beavers in Bavaria (24 – 27th Oct)
Invasion Ecology Of Mammals (24-25 Nov)
European Conference on Ecological Restoration (24-26 August)
Big cats and Britain’s ecology (9 Sept 2006)
Bringing back the Beaver (5 and 6 May)
The Journey for the Wild - John Muir Trust (Summer 2006)
British Big Cat Conference (24-26 March)
Events in 2005
(WN) - write-ups of these are posted under Meeting Reports
Wild Boar (WN)
Wild Ennerdale (WN)
The Wildland Network has been set up to further the concepts and development of wildland in Britain. A series of events are being organised and/or attended by members of the network to support this work. Forthcoming events are listed below. WN lists the events of other organisations when they are likely to have general interest within the membership.
A Wildland Network seminar in association with Trees for Life
A two day event with presentations, break-out groups, and discussion on proposals for ‘what, where and how?’ with optional meal and meet up eve before, and optional extra day visit to Alladale Wilderness on 18 September, Glen Affric on 19 September and Carrifran Wildwood Project on 20 September. Confirmed speakers include Roy Dennis, Alan Watson-Featherstone and Peter Cairns. Other attractions include:
Topics for talks include:
Break-out discussion topics:
Living with Beavers and large Carnivores in Bavaria (16 – 21 September 2007)
A study tour arranged by Derek Gow/Wild Europe for the Wildland Network.
The tour will be an opportunity to view practical management issues relating to beaver and large carnivores such as lynx, and to discuss the policy and management issues with practitioners. People from any interest and background are welcome to attend. Booking details below.
Day 1 – Arrive in Munich airport for transport to hotel. There will be two airport collections at midday and again at 4.30pm. Evening meal at 7pm followed by an introductory evening presentation on beaver and beaver management in Bavaria
Day 2 – 8am breakfast followed by presentation on large carnivores, especially lynx and their management by the Bavarian large carnivore management coordinator. Thereafter an all day field visit to occupied lynx ranges in the Bavarian Nature Park. This day will be guided by the regions large carnivore co-ordinator incorporate meetings with hunters, foresters, deer farmers and nature conservation managers to discuss the impact of Lynx on their respective interests.
Day 3 – 8am breakfast followed by all day visit to the Bavarian National Park and the bordering Sumava National Park in the Cezch republic. We will look at lynx landscape and the influence of natural processes (e.g. bark beetles) on ungulates as prey. The day will conclude with a late afternoon visit to the Bavarian National Park centre for photographic opportunities of large carnivores and ungulates in semi-captivity.
Day 4 – 8am breakfast - moving out of first hotel- followed by a 9am start for an all day series of field visits to wild beaver sites along the Danube. This tour will run from the Bavarian Forest to Vohburg, looking at different sites along the road (e.g. Isarmündung, Oberalteich, Regensburg) with an evening Beaver watch in an Oxbow lake near Pförring. This day will cater for beaver ecology and associated field signs. It will incorporate visits to lodges on large rivers, lodges on small streams or lakes and beavers in urban areas. Return for evening meal at 10pm.
Day 5 – 8am breakfast followed by a 9am start for field visits to agricultural impact areas and commercial forestry plantations. Demonstrations of mitigation solutions such as electric fencing, dam drainage, burrow infilling, trapping, relocation and transport. Visit to a beaver holding and transport facility at the HAUS-im-MOOS environmental education station and folk museum. Discussion and possible demonstration of humane culling techniques. There will be land use representatives for affected industries in attendance for parts of this day. Return for evening meal at 7.30pm.
Day 6 - 8am breakfast followed by breakfast followed by a 9am start for a morning tour with the water management authorities of Ingoldstadt for a demonstration of mitigation solutions for burrowing animals in flood defence structures. Return to airport for Midday departure.
Travel, accommodation and booking details
Unless otherwise announced all lunches will be packed in the field. The schedule can change due to weather conditions or actual beaver field problems. The total cost of the trip will be £515 per head. This sum is all inclusive of food accommodation, guides and transport. It does not include flights or alcoholic beverages.
Upon receipt could attendees please forward the balance due for the trip to Derek Gow, Moorview, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon, PL16 OJS. email@example.comDerek Gow 01409 211249 derekjgow @ aol.com (please NOTE - remove spaces either side of @)
Invoices are possible by prior arrangement. We will be staying in a small family run guest house near Rhorstetten in the foothills of the Bavarian National Park for the first part of our tour before moving to the Guest House Stottner Brau in Vohburg for the latter part of the week. There will be two uplifts for attendees from the airport at midday on Sunday and again in the late afternoon. Could all attendees please confirm flight arrival times for uplift and accommodation requirements – single or double rooms. Any dietary requirements should also be identified in advance. All attendees will require wet weather clothing, cameras and binoculars.
Ecological Consequences of Wildling (12, 13 July 2007)
What are the ecological
consequences of wilding as a long term strategy?
A one day conference of the British Ecological Society Conservation Ecology Group in association with the Wildland Network, Aberystwyth University and Ecology Matters. There will be field visits on the following day, 13 July.
The aim of the conference is to address one of the top 100 ecological questions of high policy relevance in the UK, as identified in recent research by the University of East Anglia. We hope to start answering the questions:
It has already sparked interest amongst some of the invited speakers such that new research may be triggered.
Thursday 12 July Outline Agenda
Introduction – what is ‘wildling’ and questions to be addressed.
Large scale and network approaches to conservation – Frans Vera, Netherlands
Reintroducing a large carnivore – how much land do we need? David Hetherington, Caringorms National Park.
Natural grazing as a management tool – Peter Dennis CIRRE, IRS, Aberystwyth.
Size and connectivity – modelling ecological needs – Chris Thomas. CIRRE, IRS, Aberystwyth
Re-instating ecological processes – Sarah Dalrymple, Aberdeen .
Plenary Discussion – have we got anywhere near answering the question? What further work is needed and other questions raised?
Markets and enterprises from wild land and rewilding
A one day workshop hosted by the Wildland Network with an optional tour of Knepp Estate on the following day at 10.00am - 12.45pm, 13 April
This event brings practitioners together to discuss:
Thursday 12 April program
10.00 Arrival, coffee
10.40 Jason Emrich,
11.10 Peter Taylor, Author, Beyond Conservation – A wildlands
11.40 Frans Vera, Dutch Forestry Service, and
author, Grazing Ecology and Forest History - ‘Fascination Will Pay’:
Economic benefits from the Dutch river floodplains and from visitors
observing wild cattle, deer and horses at Oostvaardesrplassen.
12.10 Views from Forestry Commission and the
12.40 Questions and discussion with the Agencies
14.00 Discussion in small groups
14.50 Report back and collective discussion on key issues
15.40 Reflections on the main discussion points – Will Manley, Royal Agricultural College
16.20–17.50 Optional guided walk through part of Knepp Estate. (Seeing a different location from the 13 April tour)
Friday 13 April: Tour of Knepp Estate, 10.00 – 15.00
This is a chance to experience the variety and the scale of the wild land work in progress at Knepp Estate and to discuss the emerging issues with other practitioners and with Estate owner Charlie Burrell and the Estate’s agent, Jason Emrich.
10.00 Assemble and coffee
10.15 Guided tour of the Knepp Estate wildland project
13.45 – 14.45 Reflections and discussion on key issues
14.45 – 15.00 Tea and depart
Cost per person
The FINAL PROGRAM can be downloaded here (13kb PDF). A BOOKING FORM can be downloaded here (9kb PDF). Please try to make use of the travelshare facility when you fill in the booking form. The current list of Travel share offers (to 4th April) can be downloaded here ( 5 kb PDF).
Events of Other Organisations
The Gaia Foundation and The Wilderness Foundation are pleased to invite you to the book launch on Wednesday, 23 May 2007. Drinks and buffet at Gaia House, 18 Well Walk, London, NW3 from 6pm (Nearest tube Hampstead - Northern Line) A contribution of £7 will be appreciated
7.30 pm Talk and Discussion at Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3 (Opposite Gaia House)
Join us for the book launch of Wild: An Elemental Journey, with author Jay Griffiths. Recounting her extraordinary odyssey to the wildernesses of the world, she will describe her journeys among the Earth's indigenous peoples; meeting cannibals; drinking shamanic medicine with Amazonian healers; visiting sea gypsies and journeying to meet freedom fighters in West Papua.
Jay is keenly interested in indigenous thought. She challenges the intellectual apartheid of the dominant global culture arguing that wild land is intrinsic to the health of the human mind. Her story will also take us into the uncharted lands of the wild mind, exploring the words and meanings and ideas of the wild: her book, passionate, political and provocative, is a manifesto for the essential wildness of the human spirit.
Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time; for which she was named as the best new non-fiction writer in the USA, 2003. Her writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Ecologist, New Internationalist, Utne, and The Idler.
Signed copies of Wild will be available for purchase on the night.
RVSP to Lizzie Cooke on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7428 0055
The science underpinning the conservation of
A one day meeting of the Action Plan & Science Group of the Scottish Biodiversity Forum.
The meeting fee (including refreshments and lunch) is £25.00, with a reduced rate for bone fide students, Senior Citizens and LBAP Officers of £10.00.
Posters are welcomed and will be displayed in the room where refreshments are served. If you have a poster for display, please indicate this when booking and provide a title so that this can be added to the final programme.
For more information and a booking form please contact Lesley Kirton email@example.com tel. 01224 498249)
The National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre, Glencoe
A one day meeting hosted by the National Trust for Scotland and Scottish National Heritage.
There are two key strands of wild land conservation in Scotland- the 'old' recreational / landscape one, founded on Percy Unna and a natural habitats management approach which is about restoration of quasi-natural habitats.
The seminar seeks to understand evolving thinking and explore the need for a common synthesis. It will address the problem of resolving recreation-and-landscape wild land approach with re-wilding restoration, reintroduction ... drawing the themes together, making common cause, raising the profile of wild land at a policy level.
The seminar will focus primarily on the uplands and woodlands and will explore the following:
Speakers include Bob Aitken, David Hetherington, John Mayhew, Alan Featherstione Watson, and from , SNH and JMT.
The course cost is £25, and early booking is recommended as numbers are limited to 50.
1st Annual Big Cat Conference
It is over 40 years since the first spate of big cat sightings hit the headlines with the Surrey Puma, yet we are still no closer to solving the mystery. Experts from all over the country will be gathering to discuss if these cats really are all black leopards and other escaped and released exotics, hybrids, or a relic, indigenous species that we never knew existed alongside us, ever since the Ice Age.
The veteran big cat researcher Di Francis will be attending and speaking. She is currently working on her new book, Cat Country Revisited, a sequel to Cat Country published in 1983 which started many people on the trail, including conference organiser Mark Fraser. Other speakers include zoologist Chris Moiser, Jonathan Downes of the CFZ, police officers, South African trackers, scientists, witnesses etc. The event has a packed itinerary which also includes film shows, a raffle quiz, displays, stands and book stall.
Tickets for the full weekend are £20 - day tickets £14, tea & coffee included. Snacks and meals available at own cost at venue or immediately in the vicinity
Bookings & queries to Mark Fraser 01563 551710 – 07940 016972 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information: www.bigcatsinbritain.org
Abbreviated Conference Programme
Friday 23 March
Saturday 24 March
Sunday 25 March
Tools and Techniques for Pastoralism and Wild Lands (12-14 June 2007)
FACT / GAP 2007 Conference, The University of Stirling, Scotland
The aim of the Conference
is to broaden thinking and challenge dogma over land management practices
that meet nature conservation objectives for individual nature reserves,
well as for whole landscapes.
The following speakers will be giving presentations:
The cost of the Conference will be confirmed soon but it will be around £200-250. For further information or to provisionally book a place please contact Adam Cormack in the GAP office on 01636 670095, or email: email@example.com