Woodland Symposium 2020

Wednesday 18th March 2020

WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey

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Woodland Symposium 2020

BCT’s second woodland symposium will be taking place at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking, Surrey on Wednesday 18th of March 2020. This symposium will be a one day event aimed at bat workers, landowners, ecologists and the woodland/forestry industry.

We are delighted to welcome two keynote speakers to this symposium, Mike Render and George Peterken.

Mike Render has had nearly 50 years of experience of working within the forestry industry and currently works for the Forestry Commission. He will be talking about his reflections on almost 50 years in the forestry industry; what is missing and what should be addressed looking forward to the next 50 years. George Peterken specialises in woodland ecology and conservation and has worked for the Nature Conservancy Council (as part of the Chief Scientist team) and the Forestry Commission. He recently wrote a book about the long-term study of Lady Park Wood titled ‘Woodland Development - A Long-term Study of Lady Park Wood’ and will be sharing the changes he observed from this study at the symposium.

Throughout the day we will cover research and knowledge, what bats are in my woodland and woodland/landscape management case studies/research. Confirmed contributors include:

Forest Research (Habitat Suitability models)

Natural England (Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve)

RSPB (Woodland Wildlife Toolkit)

Dorset Bat Group (BftB Dorset Heath Bechstein's projet)

Forestry Commission (Ash dieback)

Knepp Estate (Rewilding)

Andy Carr (Recent woodland bat research including research at Lady Park Wood)

Woodland Trust (Bovey Valley)

Keith Kirby (Woodland ground flora)

Pro Natura (Veteranisation techniques - techniques to create habitats in young trees that are otherwise found in old trees)

We are keen for the day to be seen as an opportunity for a group of professionals to come together, share their ideas and talk about priorities and issues. An ideal networking and learning opportunity, so we hope you will be able to join us.

The delegate rate is £95 for BCT members, £100 for non-members. The day will run from 08:15 - 17:30. This includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.

You can book your place now - click here!

If you have any questions, please email our Training and Conference Manager Naomi Webster at training@bats.org.uk

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