Landscapes for Life - Conference 2015
Sharing, Learning, Inspiring

The Seventeenth Annual Conference took place on Tuesday 30th June - Thursday 2nd July in Winchester, Hampshire.
All sessions and postings from the 2015 conference are archived below.

The National Grid and the Natural Grid – Ian Glover, National Grid

Ian Glover, Environmental Sustainability Manager at the National Grid presented on the value and relevance of Protected Landscapes to UK business and National Grid’s “Natural Grid” concept.
He leads the natural grid programme, a theme dedicated to ecosystem enhancement alongside National Grid’s energy networks. This encompasses engaging and involving stakeholder groups in the management of National Grid’s landholdings through to developing and embedding tools to account for the value of nature in decision making.
The video of the presentation by Ian can be viewed here.

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Video – The value and relevance of Protected Landscapes as dynamic living landscapes – Mat Roberts

Video of the presentation by Mat Roberts, Director of Sustainability Strategy at Interserve.
View the slides from the presentation here.

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The value and relevance of Protected Landscapes as dynamic living landscapes – Mat Roberts, Director of Sustainability Strategy, Interserve

Mat Roberts is responsible for all sustainability issues across the Interserve group such as Waste, Water, Energy, Natural Capital and Social Value. At the conference Mat presented on Growing Landscapes – the value and relevance of Protected Landscapes as dynamic living landscapes that underpin the UK’s sustainable economic success. In his talk, he referred to a video by Conservation International, Nature is Speaking which can be viewed on YouTube here.
The video from the presentation by Mat can be viewed here.

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Field Trips – Field Trip 4 – Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4On day two of the conference, the local AONB Partnerships and National Park Authorities organised a day which gave delegates an opportunity to see a wide range of initiatives and projects.

The photos in the following slideshow below are from Field Trip 4 – Winning Ways for Wildlife which gave an opportunity for delegates to visit north west Hampshire in the North Wessex Downs, which includes the world-famous Watership Down – one of the ‘Icons of the North Wessex Downs’. They discovered how the Winning Ways for Wildlife Project has united conservation organisations, landowners and volunteers in taking practical action for local wildlife. They also saw some of the area’s important archaeological heritage.

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

Field Trip 4 - Winning Ways for Wildlife

 

Photo Credits: Henry Oliver, North Wessex Downs AONB.

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Field Trips – Field Trip 3 – West Wight Surprises

On day two of the conference, the local AONB Partnerships and National Park Authorities organised a day which gave delegates an opportunity to see a wide range of initiatives and projects.

The photos in the following slideshow below are from Field Trip 3 – West Wight Surprises which gave an opportunity for delegates to explore some of the western parts of the Isle of Wight AONB with visits to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust at the Bouldnor Forest Nature Reserve, a review of the AONB and tourism and an opportunity to learn more about the Time Taxi and the National Trust’s work conserving a site for nesting Bee Eaters.

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

Field Trip 3 - West Wight Surprises

 

Photo Credits: Tamar Valley AONB.

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Field Trips – Field Trip 2 – Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Cranbourne Chase AONBOn day two of the conference, the local AONB Partnerships and National Park Authorities organised a day which gave delegates an opportunity to see a wide range of initiatives and projects.

The photos in the following slideshow below are from Field Trip 2 – Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation which gave an opportunity for delegates to visit a number of sites and meet a diversity of people who are working with the Cranborne Chase AONB and each other in projects that “conserve and enhance” the farmed environment. The trip will focus on the long-running Farmland Conservation Project which has successfully moved from 100% exchequer funded to 100% private sector funded, the Stepping Stones Project which came out of the NIA programme, the Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) initiative and the Discover tourism projects.

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

Field Trip 2 - Collaboration and private sector involvement in farmland conservation

 

Photo Credits: Tracy Adams and Davide Blake, Cranborne Chase AONB.

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Bowland Award Winner – South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project

Bowland Award Winner 2015. Tracy Adams from South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project receives the Bowland Award from NAAONB Chairman Philip Hygate.Tracy Adams from South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project receives the Bowland Award from NAAONB Chairman Philip Hygate.

The Bowland Award is awarded annually by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) for “the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)”.

This evening, with a vote taken by their peers, Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership’s South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project was announced as this year’s recipient.

The Award was presented to Tracy Adams, South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project Manager. Michael Mounde, Chairman of the Cranborne Chase AONB, said,

“I am absolutely delighted that the South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project has been honoured and recognised in this way. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Tracy Adams, but also to our partners: the farmers, who create the birds’ habitat and Wessex Water plc who provide funding for the work.”

NAAONB Chairman, Mr Philip Hygate said “The South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project is a very worthy winner of the Bowland Award and it is fitting that this year’s recipient is a project that has contributed an outstanding environmental contribution to the well-being of the Cranborne Chase AONB, by sharing, learning and inspiring. I congratulate them on their achievements”.

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Video – Bowland Award Nominee – Tracy Adams

Video of the presentation by Tracy Adams, Nominee of the Bowland Award.
Read more about the Bowland Award Nominees and view their slideshow presentations here.

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Video – Bowland Award Nominee – Simon Amstutz

Video of the presentation by Simon Amstutz, Nominee of the Bowland Award.
Read more about the Bowland Award Nominees and view their slideshow presentations here.

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