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Subject: [permaculture_uk] WILDLANDS NETWORK
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 10:01:14 -0000
From: Mark Fisher <mn.fisher@...>
To: Permaculture_UK <permaculture_uk@...>
This is notice for the first meeting of the newly forming WILDLAND NETWORK.
The WILDLAND NETWORK is forming to give a voice to wild land values in
Britain. It brings people together to promote and explore the environmental
and human potential of wild land with new approaches that go beyond nature
Fifty years of statutory nature conservation in Britain have preserved
native species and prevented loss of habitats. Our sympathetic management
has retained refuges of each of the characteristic landscape communities, so
that we continue to enjoy the pleasures of seeing and studying interesting
animals and plants. Assured of their survival, we can now look forward to a
time when those species leap the confines of their refuge and bring a wider
return of nature.
Nature responds to our touch. We live with the knowledge that thousands of
years of land stewardship in Britain have shaped everything that we see. We
can never be sure how natural or wild our refuges are, nor any of our
landscapes. Although we cannot turn back the clock, we can explore how
nature would order itself if given freer expression.
Many local projects and initiatives throughout Britain have taken on these
wild land values. They have confidence in giving nature a chance to reshape
our landscapes. As experience and enthusiasm for wild land grows, we
recognise that there are more and more areas that have the capability to
re-wild. The WILDLAND NETWORK will explore the potential for these major new
areas of re-wilding, supporting the efforts needed to bring them in to
being. The vision for wildland in the next century could then be a series of
wild areas connected by corridors that stretch the length and breadth of
WILDLAND IN BRITAIN - THE NEW POTENTIAL
A review of progress on achieving wilder landscapes
9th May 2005, School of Geography, University of Leeds
This one day meeting will bring practitioners together to discuss:
- the opportunities for achieving wild land.
- how wild land is being identified and mapped.
- the challenge of reintroductions.
- the values behind wild land projects.
- the benefits and potential of wild land for people and the environment.
The event will include:
- Presentations and facilitated workshops.
- Launch of a new book from Earthscan and BANC, by Peter Taylor: 'Beyond
Conservation - a Wildland Strategy'.
- A lunch time market place with information on projects and research.
- Setting up of the new Wildland Network, for practitioners involved in
promoting and achieving wild land.
This event is all about getting the network up and running - so please come
prepared to offer ideas and play your part in this voluntary network.
10:30 - 11:00 Delegate arrival, registration, coffee
11:00 - 12:30 Morning session:
- Introduction to WN
- Peter Taylor: 'Beyond Conservation - a Wildland Strategy' book launch
- Mapping initiatives
- (Re)wilding and re-introductions
- Economic benefits and Wild Britain
12:30 - 13:30 Buffet lunch (chance to inspect posters, network, etc.)
13:30 - 14:40 Discussion groups/themes
- Economic benefits
- Rewilding projects
14:40 - 15:00 Tea
15:00 - 16:30 Plenary discussion on future directions
All inquiries and registrations to Steve Carver at the following address.
The registration fee is £20 (£10 concessions). Cheques made payable to "The
University of Leeds". numbers are strictly limited to 80 delegates on a
first come - first served basis
Dr Steve Carver
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Tel: 0113 3433318
Mob: 07866 042352
Fax: 0113 3433308
Further details are online at: www.wildland-network.org.uk (but wait a
couple of days as teething problems being sorted)