15 May 2014 to 16 May 2014
Professor Ian D. Rotherham and colleagues are organising a 2-day seminar in May 2014, which will explore critical issues around wilding or re-wilding, landscape and ecological history, on nature and heritage conservation and on the impacts of current trends and major socioeconomic changes. The seminar will address issues of funding, of skills, of best practice and of awareness in order to consider how conservation writ broad can respond to challenges of environmental change, of climate change, and of a radically altered public sector and political climate.
This event will raise key questions such as if we are to ‘wild’ the landscape, then where should this be, how can we maximise the benefits and how do we tackle issues of animal welfare, carrying capacity and the impact on cultural heritage.
The 2014 seminar will develop ideas and set the scene for the major 3-day international conference exploring the themes of ‘Wilder by Design’ in greater depth on 9th to 11th September 2015.
Speakers confirmed for 2014 include: Peter Taylor, Ken Smith (PDNPA), Professor Chris Thomas (Univ. York), Dr Steve Carver (WRI, University of Leeds), Dr Jamie Lorimer (Oxford Univ.), Dr Jan Woudstra (Univ. Sheffield), Sir Charles Burrell Bt. (Knepp Estate), Richard Scott (Landlife), Ted Green MBE (Ancient Tree Forum), Dr Lois Mansfield (Univ. Cumbria), Professor Ian Rotherham (SHU), Natural England contributors and an Expert Panel.
We still welcome offers of displays and posters.
The 2-day seminar will begin with presentations from late morning and an included field visit (by coach) on 15th May in the late afternoon / early evening to a site in the Peak District. On the 16th May, there will be a full day of presentations with opportunity to view displays and posters to add to the discussion.
The event will be based in the Cantor building (corner of Arundel Street and Furnival Street) at Sheffield Hallam University in the centre of the city. A delegate pack, refreshments and lunch options are included in the fee.
Places are limited and pre-booking is essential. Please fill in the booking form and return as soon as possible to reserve a place – further information will be sent to those who book.