This looks like an interesting conference for those interested in
wildernesss issues. Rich
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Subject: [wildland-network] WILDLAND IN WALES
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 09:09:53 -0000
From: Wildland Network <webmaster@...
To: WN DISCUSSION <email@example.com
Wildland in Wales - Issues, opportunities and examples
Machynlleth, 7th and 8th April 2006
The Wildland Network has the pleasure of hosting two days of wildland
meetings at Machynlleth, in Mid Wales.
Friday 7th April: A one day conference at Plas Dolguog, Machynlleth
will look at the issues and opportunities for wildland in Wales:
- Examples of wildland projects in Wales.
- Natural processes in nature conservation and the potential for species
- The wide ranging benefits of wildland.
Full programme below.
Fees, payable to "Wildland Network - Wales": £15 individuals, £25
and NGOs, £50 public, private and academic bodies.
Includes lunch and refreshments.
Saturday 8th April: A day of site visits in the Machynlleth area will look
at areas with wildland qualities and examples of restoration of natural
habitats. The itinerary will take us to the protected estuary areas, a
project in a tributary valley, and the large upland wilderness of the
Machynlleth is served by train (from Birmingham) and bus (from Bangor and
Cardiff), lifts from Machynlleth Station to Plas Dolguog by arrangement.
List of local accommodation can be sent on request.
Email bookings: cymru@...
Postal bookings: Wildland Network, Plas Einion, Furnace, Machynlleth,
Telephone: 01970 832625
Wildland Network website: www.wildland-network.org.uk
Friday 7th April
A one day conference at Plas Dolguog, Machynlleth
Wildland in Wales: issues, opportunities and examples
09.30 Registration and coffee
Photo exhibition from Cambrian Mountains Society
Wildland maps from Leeds University
Chair: Mick Green
10.15 Welcome, introduction and scene setting: emerging ideas and
opportunities for wildland in Wales (Stanley Owen)
10.30 Potential for species reintroductions in Wales and the role of wild
mammals in natural processes (Derek Gow)
11.00 Beavers - consultation and feasibility in Wales
(Adrian Lloyd Jones, North Wales Wildlife Trust)
Questions and discussion
11.15 Coffee break
11.45 Examples of current wildland projects and activities in Wales:
10 minutes presentation and 5 minutes questions each
- Nantgwynant, Snowdon (Helen Buckingham, National Trust)
- Vyrnwy Estate (Richard Farmer, RSPB)
- Crawnon Valley (Charles Morgan, Brecknock Wildlife Trust)
- Dyfi Forest (Julian Bray, EA & David Farmery, FC)
14.00 Benefits of wildland - examples and potential
- A review of the benefits (Toby Aykroyd, Wild Wales)
- Cambrian Mountains (Jeremy Wright, Powys County Council, To be
- Dyfi Biosphere Reserve (Peter Frost, CCW, To be confirmed)
14.30 Workshops on benefits of wildland (facilitated by Rick Minter)
- Ecology and biodiversity.
- Nature's services - flood control, carbon storage, etc.
- Spiritual dimensions.
- Recreation, adventure and challenge.
- Therapeutic and education opportunites.
- Economic opportunities and new livelihoods.
- Game, fishing and food from wildland.
- Making wildland pay for private landowners: eg. providing services
for visitors, providing public benefits for public funds.
15.30 Tea break
16.00 Report back from workshops and collective discussion on key issues.
16.45 Reflections on key messages
(Peter Taylor, Author Beyond Conservation, A Wildland Strategy)
Saturday 8th April 2006
Site visits to areas with wildland qualities and examples of
10.00 Meet in Machynlleth
10.15 Cors Dyfi (Nature Reserve, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust)
Example of spruce plantation restored to wetland habitat on estuary
11.00 Cors Fochno (Dyfi National Nature Reserve, CCW)
Lowland raised bog and tidal marsh
12.30 Lunch (bring sandwiches or buy at Clettwr Café, Tre'r Ddol)
14.00 Pemprys (John Muir Trust)
Cambrian Mountains valley up from SAC oakwoods of Cwm Einion. Landowner
working in partnership with JMT on potential for rewilding. Landowner
representative on hand to talk about progress and problems.
15.00 Forestry Commission woodlands and moorland on Pumlumon plateau
Good views, large wild area, role and potential of FC land, some areas
recently cleared of spruce for restoration to native habitats.
17.00 Finish: return to Machynlleth by 18.00