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A workshop on reintroducing key species to Britain –

What, Where and How?

Plus option of evening field visits to beaver or wild boar sites in Glos

BANC & Wildland Network, 8 September 2006
The Green Room, Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester, Glos
Each presentation will be followed by 10 mins questions and discussion.

Presentations will address:

-         the ecological factors for the species and its ecosystem

-         key factors for the reintroduction eg. attitudes, resources, incentives

10.00  Arrival, coffee

10.30    Welcome and introduction  Adrian Phillips, Chair

10.40  Restoring key species and ecosystems - issues, examples and    lessons from 40 years of bird reintroductions  Roy Dennis

11.20  Beaver - recent lessons and future prospects  Derek Gow

11.50  Lynx: Prospects in Britain  David Hetherington

12.20  Wild boar decision time  Martin Goulding

12.50  LUNCH and optional viewing of DVDs and displays

13.50       Wolf and brown bear – realistic candidates?

Peter Taylor, author ‘Beyond Conservation’

14.10   Wild herbivores – current experience and future candidates  

David Bullock and Matthew Oates, National Trust

15.00   Small group discussions, facilitated by Rick Minter

Participants opt for small group discussions on one of the following themes:

Ecosystem issues – what are the key effects of reintroduced species on their ecosystems and fellow wildlife? What functional relationships might occur amongst species and habitats?

Processes or creatures?  Is the issue about reintroducing ecological processes or reintroducing species? Do we want to create and adapt ecological processes and select species accordingly?

Nature conservation, but not as we know it – what are the implications of reintroductions for formal approaches to BAPs, targets, and wildlife management?

Attitudes – what do the public, politicians and key interest groups feel about reintroductions? What influences them and why?

Income and livelihoods – what income, livelihoods and  enterprises can be linked with reintroduced species?

Farming, fisheries and game – what are the opportunities and challenges of reintroduced species to farming, fisheries and game interests? What incentives and what compensation measures should accompany key reintroductions?  

15.50  tea

16.00  Report back of groups’ conclusions and collective discussion on key issues

16.45   Reflections on key issues from the day  John Bowers

16.50   Briefing on evening field visits to Lower Mill Estate beaver project and wild boar woods in Forest of Dean

17.00   Snacks and drinks available at Organic Farm Shop Café

17.30    Depart for evening field visits to Lower Mill Estate beaver site and to wild boar woodland in Forest of Dean

20.30   Optional eve meal in Cheltenham or Cirencester

Fees inclusive of refreshments, eve field visit, and note of workshop discussions:

Individuals: £35

Charities and NGOs:  £55
Public, private and academic bodies: £105


9 September

Big cats in Britain – the ecological consequences
The Oak Hall, Cotswold Water Park

10.15  Arrival and coffee

10.40      Welcome and introductions

Rick Minter, Environment & Community Consultant


Big cats in Dorset and Wilts – the forensic evidence, the mapped territories, impacts on deer, and the ecological implications
Johnathan McGowan, Head of mammals, Bournemouth Natural Sciences Society and Bournemouth Museum

Big cats in Gloucestershire – what gets sighted where, and the ecological implications

Frank Tunbridge, ROAR consultancy

11.45   Discussion on implications of big cats for nature conservation

12.15 – 1.15   LUNCH

( AGM of British Association of Nature Conservationists )

1.45 – 3-45 pm    Local field visit – details tbc

Fee inclusive of lunch and drinks: £10