CIEEM's Ecological Restoration and Habitat Creation Special Interest Group is seeking to raise awareness of and promote the practical skills and evidence for ecological restoration and habitat creation. This first SIG conference will focus on practical experience and case studies illustrating the design, implementation, management and monitoring for restoration and creation of grassland habitats.
There will be a full day of talks from specialists in their field around three session themes – Design & Planning, Implementation and The Long Term – with extended time for questions and discussion within each session.
Grasslands are widespread across the UK in many different situations and represent a major biodiversity resource for flora and fauna (especially invertebrates). Yet it is widely recognised that they have been, and continue to be, under threat from habitat loss and agricultural improvement.
They also have the potential to provide great opportunities for restoration and habitat creation in both the wider farmed landscape and in urban settings as part of Green Infrastructure. This benefits not only biodiversity, but other ecosystem services as well. Thus, restoration and creation of high biodiversity grasslands can make a major contribution to BBMJ (Bigger, Better, More and Joined-up).
Grassland habitats can vary from simple wildflower meadows to high-biodiversity plant communities. In the UK the National Vegetation Classification recognises four broad types of grassland ecosystem - Mesotrophic, Calcicolous, Calcifugous and Montane, the ecology of which is determined mainly by soil, climate and hydrology. This conference will be applicable to all these types, whilst we aim to focus on fens, salt marsh and dune communities at a future seminar or conference.
Got a question for the speakers? You are invited to submit your questions, comments and enquiries on any of the programme sessions prior to the conference. There will also be plenty of opportunity to do so on the day. These can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday 17 June, and please include 'ERHC 2019 Conference' in the subject line.
Suitable for all
This conference is open to both CIEEM Members and non-members and booking is essential as places are limited.
To find out more and book your place, please visit CIEEM's website
The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) are a professional body licensed by the Society for the Environment to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status