Past Events

Scotland’s Changing Rural Biodiversity

ECRR Forum

Wednesday May 13, 2009

Venue: SNH Battleby Centre, near Perth

UPDATE: please see below for event report.

The purpose of this one-day forum was to review current knowledge on the status and values of Scotland’s rural biodiversity and to explore successes and failures in achieving biodiversity goals.

The forum was organised by ECRR in association with the Aberdeen Research Consortium and with the support of the Scottish Biodiversity Forum and Scottish Natural Heritage. More than 100 participants attended.

A welcome by Martin Price of UHI was followed by presentations from 12 speakers about a broad spectrum of issues and the challenges that researchers face. Some 20 poster presentations were also made.

Further information

Please see the archived event page at the website of Perth College UHI.

Event report

Ten of 12 slide presentations are available here, as well as a summary of the presentations and abstracts of posters.

Summary of presentations and discussions (PDF, 83KB)

Abstracts of poster presentations (PDF, 89KB)

Scotland’s changing rural biodiversity: context

Greg Mudge, SNH (PDF, 154 KB)

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Roy Haines-Young and Marion Potschin, University of Nottingham (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Biodiversity awareness and involvement in Scotland

Rachel Bishop and Liz Murphy, Progressive Parnership Ltd (PDF, 438 KB)

Conservation in protected areas and the wider countryside

Ed Mackey, SNH (PDF, 627 KB)

Managing conflicting goals in the uplands: consequences for biodiversity

Steve Albon, Macaulay Institute and Steve Redpath, University of Aberdeen (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Farmland biodiversity: where do we go from here?

Davy McCracken, SAC (PDF, 1.8MB)

Integrating biodiversity goals in the SRDP

Jo O’Hara, Scottish Government (PDF, 122 KB)

Integrating biodiversity objectives in planning

Michael Oxford, Association of Local Government Ecologists (PDF, 905KB)

Habitat networks: linking across scales and land uses

Duncan Ray, Forest Research (PDF, 3.1 MB)

Collaborative approaches to delivering biodiversity objectives: keeping it simple

John Hambrey, Hambrey Consulting (PDF, 805 KB)

Other speakers were:

Paul Walton, RSPB – Management for biodiversity by NGOs

Allan Watt, CEH – Implications for policy and action: 2010 and beyond