Environmental change on the Isle of Wight: past, present and future

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Description

The recent designation of the Isle of Wight as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is recognition of the quality and magnificent diversity of the Island’s landscape and habitats and is testament to the stewardship of Islanders over millennia.

For 100 years, members of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society (IWNHAS) have recorded the wildlife and investigated the geological and archaeological contexts that make this Island so special.

While it is important to reflect on the past, the current ‘climate emergency’ has focused our attention on the present and the future. It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the Centenary of the Society with a conference that enables us to learn, understand and discuss how we can protect the Island’s wildlife and landscape in an era of unprecedented environmental change.

Tickets £12 (inc. lunch and refreshments)

To reduce our environmental impact, the buffet lunch will be meat-free

Conference themes

• Climatic change: past, present and future trends

• Species Invasions: history and horizon scanning

• Land use and landscape

• Habitats and species

Speakers

To help us achieve our conference aims we have invited local speakers and national experts with knowledge of the Island. There will be plenary sessions for open discussion associated with each theme:

1. Prof. Juliet Brodie, Natural History Museum London, National University of Galway

2. Clive Chatters, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

3. Dr Emilie Hardouin, Bournemouth University

4. Prof. Stephen Hawkins, Southampton University, UK Marine Biological Association

5. Prof. Helen Roy MBE, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

The provisional full programme is available here

Registration

Registration on the day opens at 08:15am with the event starting promptly at 09:00am (please allow yourself enough time to Register).

Field trip

On Sunday 5th April 10:00-15:00, the IWNHAS will lead a mini-BioBlitz in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour, with the hub based at Brading Haven Yacht Club, Embankment Road, St Helens, PO33 1XQ.

All are welcome.

Individuals and groups will lead excursions 10:00-12:30 to record as many different plant and animal species as possible. There will be summing-up of the days’ finds at 14:00. Sunday lunch may be booked at the club on 01983 872289 and there is a bar available. More details will be added soon.

Submit a poster or exhibition

Posters on the conference theme or more broadly on the natural history of the Isle of Wight are warmly invited. For posters, please download the Abstract submission form here.

Organisations interested in bringing small table-top exhibitions, that promote the conservation and management of the Island’s environment and natural history, should contact The Society on iwatchwildlife@gmail.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

There is limited car parking available at The Riverside Centre. If parking at the Centre, you will need to enter your vehicle registration onto the touchscreen in Reception upon arrival.

TRAVELLING TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT:

Wightlink Ferries https://www.wightlink.co.uk/

Red Funnel Ferries https://www.redfunnel.co.uk/en/

Hovertravel https://www.hovertravel.co.uk/

PAY & DISPLAY CAR PARKING IN NEWPORT:

Seaclose Recreation Ground Newport, PO30 2QS- Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Newport Harbour Newport, PO30 2QR – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

County Hall Complex Newport, PO30 1UD – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Little London Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BW – (if arriving and parking before 8:30am, early bird all day parking tickets are available at £3.00)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Island Buses – https://www.islandbuses.info/

Nearest bus stop:

Fairlee Road, Newport – served by the No.5 & 9

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION:

Premier Inn –https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/isle-of-wight/newport/isle-of-wight-newport.html

One Holyrood B&B –https://www.oneholyrood.co.uk/bb-rooms/

Newport Quay Hotel B&B – https://newportquayhotel.co.uk/

Travelodge – https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/338/Newport-Isle-of-Wight-hotel?WT.tsrc=GHA_Organic&utm_campaign=GHA_Newport%2C%20Isle%20of%20Wight&utm_medium=GHA_Organic&utm_source=google

For additional places to stay on the Island please visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation

OTHER:

Further details on the Conference and BioBlitz will be made available here

Membership details of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society are available here

To our environmental impact there is no need to print your ticket for the event and the buffet lunch will be meat-free.

Description

The recent designation of the Isle of Wight as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is recognition of the quality and magnificent diversity of the Island’s landscape and habitats and is testament to the stewardship of Islanders over millennia.

For 100 years, members of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society (IWNHAS) have recorded the wildlife and investigated the geological and archaeological contexts that make this Island so special.

While it is important to reflect on the past, the current ‘climate emergency’ has focused our attention on the present and the future. It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the Centenary of the Society with a conference that enables us to learn, understand and discuss how we can protect the Island’s wildlife and landscape in an era of unprecedented environmental change.

Tickets £12 (inc. lunch and refreshments)

To reduce our environmental impact, the buffet lunch will be meat-free

Conference themes

• Climatic change: past, present and future trends

• Species Invasions: history and horizon scanning

• Land use and landscape

• Habitats and species

Speakers

To help us achieve our conference aims we have invited local speakers and national experts with knowledge of the Island. There will be plenary sessions for open discussion associated with each theme:

1. Prof. Juliet Brodie, Natural History Museum London, National University of Galway

2. Clive Chatters, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

3. Dr Emilie Hardouin, Bournemouth University

4. Prof. Stephen Hawkins, Southampton University, UK Marine Biological Association

5. Prof. Helen Roy MBE, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

The provisional full programme is available here

Registration

Registration on the day opens at 08:15am with the event starting promptly at 09:00am (please allow yourself enough time to Register).

Field trip

On Sunday 5th April 10:00-15:00, the IWNHAS will lead a mini-BioBlitz in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour, with the hub based at Brading Haven Yacht Club, Embankment Road, St Helens, PO33 1XQ.

All are welcome.

Individuals and groups will lead excursions 10:00-12:30 to record as many different plant and animal species as possible. There will be summing-up of the days’ finds at 14:00. Sunday lunch may be booked at the club on 01983 872289 and there is a bar available. More details will be added soon.

Submit a poster or exhibition

Posters on the conference theme or more broadly on the natural history of the Isle of Wight are warmly invited. For posters, please download the Abstract submission form here.

Organisations interested in bringing small table-top exhibitions, that promote the conservation and management of the Island’s environment and natural history, should contact The Society on iwatchwildlife@gmail.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

There is limited car parking available at The Riverside Centre. If parking at the Centre, you will need to enter your vehicle registration onto the touchscreen in Reception upon arrival.

TRAVELLING TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT:

Wightlink Ferries https://www.wightlink.co.uk/

Red Funnel Ferries https://www.redfunnel.co.uk/en/

Hovertravel https://www.hovertravel.co.uk/

PAY & DISPLAY CAR PARKING IN NEWPORT:

Seaclose Recreation Ground Newport, PO30 2QS- Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Newport Harbour Newport, PO30 2QR – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

County Hall Complex Newport, PO30 1UD – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Little London Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BW – (if arriving and parking before 8:30am, early bird all day parking tickets are available at £3.00)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Island Buses – https://www.islandbuses.info/

Nearest bus stop:

Fairlee Road, Newport – served by the No.5 & 9

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION:

Premier Inn –https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/isle-of-wight/newport/isle-of-wight-newport.html

One Holyrood B&B –https://www.oneholyrood.co.uk/bb-rooms/

Newport Quay Hotel B&B – https://newportquayhotel.co.uk/

Travelodge – https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/338/Newport-Isle-of-Wight-hotel?WT.tsrc=GHA_Organic&utm_campaign=GHA_Newport%2C%20Isle%20of%20Wight&utm_medium=GHA_Organic&utm_source=google

For additional places to stay on the Island please visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation

OTHER:

Further details on the Conference and BioBlitz will be made available here

Membership details of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society are available here

To our environmental impact there is no need to print your ticket for the event and the buffet lunch will be meat-free.

PHSG 2nd Annual Conference: Poole Harbour Environment and Econmics

PHSG Marine Protected Areas Conference 2017

‘Poole Harbour provides both for a diverse ecology and a productive maritime economy. The Harbour is exceptional in the extent to which it illustrates the interface between environment and economics in the coastal zones of North West Europe. Positioned at the eastern end of the “Jurassic Coast” World Heritage Site, the entire Harbour has various conservation designations while at the same time providing for commercial shipping, motor yacht manufacture, fishing & aquaculture, tourism, a military base, and a range of other significant maritime industries. It also lies over an oil field, receives effluent from both a large conurbation and an agricultural catchment, and supports a variety of recreational activities, not least sailing and angling. These features along with the intensity with which they interact make Poole Harbour a powerful case study for the elucidation of sustainable development in practice.

Thirteen years ago the Poole Harbour Study Group held a conference which resulted in the book The Ecology of Poole Harbour. This 2018 conference aims to expand the scope of that and last year’s Marine Protected Areas conference, by examining the relationship between the environment and the economy which it supports.

The conference is part of the Poole Maritime Festival and among the events during the day Borough of Poole council will present key findings from their forthcoming marine supply chain mapping report.

Presentations (15 minutes), mini-presentations (3 minutes) and posters may examine any aspect of the Harbour environment and/or its maritime economy. Particularly welcome are contributions which engage with the interactions between the two, whether from business, policy, or conservation perspectives. Presentations may also cover aspects of the river catchment or Poole Bay which have direct implications for the Harbour itself. Contributions subsequently written up will be published in proceedings

For further general information please contact the Conference Secretary Dr Alice Hall A.Hall@bournemouth.ac.uk.

To submit, a presentation or poster proposal, please send a 50 word summary to PHSG Chair, John Humphreys (email jhc@jhc.co), who would also be happy to provide advice on any early stage presentation idea.

Poole Harbour Study Group has been encouraging and disseminating objective research on Poole Harbour for over twenty-five years. Members include all the main statutory organisations along with universities, NGOs and commercial enterprises.’

(Environment Agency, Dorset Wildlife Trust, IFCA, Phc)  

Bournemouth University Life and Environmental Sciences Collaboration

Promoting Scientific Knowledge and Understanding at Bournemouth University and beyond!

Within Bournemouth University’s Department of Life & Environmental Sciences, students and staff work in partnership to collaborate new knowledge and understanding in many ways, including placements, research assistantships, conference participation and outreach events.

We often collaborate with professional practitioners and this fusion fosters potential for the work having immediate practical benefits as well as being an inspiring way to learn. A new website development showcases this collaboration work and allows you to look at the work the university does and be able to connect with the people involved.