Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Agenda confirmed for 2014 GWCT Members' Conference

We're pleased to be able to confirm the agenda for our annual Members' Conference which is taking place on 29th October in London.

‘Raising our Game in a Challenging World’

We want the conference to be a two-way exchange so we're encouraging discussion and questions after each speaker.

9:00 Optional tour of the RGS Collections – “Icons of Exploration: material relating to Livingstone,  Stanley, Shackleton and Scott”.  This tour must be booked in advance.

10:00 Arrival and Tea/coffee

10:30 Welcome and GWCT’s strategic policy aims - Teresa Dent, CEO
  • Strategic plan and policy aims
  • How policy works post devolution. Who does what? Where do decisions rest? 
11:00 England and lowland policy update - Alastair Leake, Director of Policy
  • Common Agricultural Policy & recent developments on “greening” of agricultural payments; Integrating game management techniques into New Environmental Land Management Schemes,( NELMS).
  • Outcome of recent review of Open and General Licences; Law Commission Review of Wildlife Law; Asulam and the future of bracken control; Lead ammunition review
11:40 ‘Scots on the Rocks’; the struggle for sustainable uplands - Adam Smith, Director Scotland
12:10 The value of shooting to conservation - Mike Clarke, CEO RSPB

12:40 Lunch, Tea & Coffee

13:50 The importance of GWCT-published research being made widely available - Sir John Randall MP

14:20 The Allerton Project - Alastair Leake, Head of Project
  • Progress & future plans for GWCT’s demonstration farm 
  • The shoot, crop agronomy & soil management, visitors centre, partnership working
14:50 Delivering conservation  on a landscape scale - Peter Thompson, Advisory Services
  • GWCT’s future plans for developing cluster farms
15:20 Woodcock: Current understanding of population status & migration patterns - Andrew Hoodless, Head of Wetland Research

15:50 Closing remarks - Ian Coghill, Chairman

16:00 Close

Book your place - limited availability

You can book your tickets easily online or by contacting us on 01425 651010.


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