Recovering Nature: Approaches to species reintroduction and rewilding (UPDATE: Speakers Announced)
Over the centuries many parts of Britain have lost keystone species and habitats through the actions of development industrialisation, persecution and hunting. Many of these lost native species, like the beaver, have a key role as ecosystem engineers creating dynamic wetland resources and habitats. Top predators, such as the lynx and wolf, drive ecological processes. Red squirrels, pine martens and sand lizards are enigmatic species which add value to the natural landscape. In Wales there have been concerted efforts to reintroduce a number of these species contributing to the “Rewilding” of the landscape.
The Conference aims to establish what rewilding is, its historical context and its value as a tool for ecological enhancement and protection. It will explore where rewilding stops and where traditional conservation management practices start. It will outline some of the measures, like species reintroduction, which can be employed to “re-wild” the landscape. Expect lively discussion, healthy debate and passionate speakers, pushing the boundaries of what might be possible in the future.
Rewilding Britain – busting the myths and making it happen
Alistair Driver FCIEEM, Specialist Advisor
Who said the R-word? Is re-wilding simply too controversial?
Charlotte Priddy, Policy Officer, Farmers’ Union of Wales
The Welsh Beaver Project – Return of the Beaver? & Eurasian Beavers
Alicia Leow-Dyke, Beaver Project Officer, Wildlife Trusts Wales & Rebecca Wilson, Head of Planning and Environment, Forestry Commission England
Summit to Sea – Restoring flourishing ecosystems and a resilient economy in mid-Wales
Hannah Scrase, Summit to Sea Co-ordinator
Measuring Rewilding: Quantitative Methods for Robust Biodiversity Assessment in Re-wilding Projects
Sara King, Biodiversity Assessment Specialist, Ecosulis
George Owen of Henllys: Understanding our diminished inheritance
Jonathan Mullard MCIEEM, Wales Natural History Author and Photographer
The Lynx and Us
Dr David Hetherington, Ecologist
The Woodcat Project
Derek Gow, Director of Derek Gow Consultancy
Eagle Re-introduction Wales – bringing back our lost eagles
Sophie-lee Williams, Project Director of Eagle Reintroduction Wales
The Return of a Welsh Dragon
Pete Hill, Connecting the Dragons Development Officer, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
The Pine Marten Recovery Project in Wales: perceptions of rewilding influence peoples’ views of a carnivore recovery project
David Bavin, Project Officer for the Pine Marten Recovery Project, The Vincent Wildlife Trust
More Information and Registration
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