After a five year hiatus, the Wessex Conservation Forum successfully returned to Bournemouth University on the 11th February 2015, bringing together researchers and practitioners for a series of talks exploring biodiversity, ecosystem services and the green economy across the Wessex region.
The conference, hosted by the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences here at Bournemouth University, proved to be as popular as ever, with a sell-out crowd consisting of representatives from various NGOs, Universities, Government Bodies and Industries all in attendance.
Presenting at the Forum were:
John Davy-Bowker, Freshwater Biological Association: Biodiversity loss in freshwaters: the UK Mayfly and Stonefly Fauna
Ian Boyd, Arc Consultancy: Enriching places: bio-resilience and affective environments
Professor Adrian Newton, Bournemouth University: Trade-offs in ecosystem services in the Wessex region
Professor James Bullock, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology: The Wessex-BESS project: biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Wessex region
Lydia O’Shea & Fiona Bowles, Wessex Water: Working catchment wide – the Poole Harbour & Stour catchment initiatives
Sarah Watson, Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership: Building food security through the green economy and biodiversity
Imogen Davenport, Dorset Wildlife Trust: It’s not just about the flowers – economic benefits of a wildlife NGO’s work
Dr Simon Cripps, Dorset Local Nature Partnership: Supporting growth by growing our natural capital
Professor Martin Solan, University of Southampton: Coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services
Brian Bleese, Dorset Wildlife Trust: The Great Heath – a living landscape for people and wildlife
Dr Stephen Gregory, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust: Estimating returning salmon stocks
Adam Rees, Plymouth University: The Lyme Bay Fisheries & Conservation Reserve
Presentations from the day are available for download here, and a programme with abstracts can be downloaded below.
We’re currently gathering feedback from this event in order to inform the next Wessex Conservation Forum. If you would like to be included on the mailing list for future events or have any suggestions for a future theme please get in touch with Ben Thornes (Project Manager).