15 April 2013

Natives, Aliens and Reintroductions Conference

The University of Glasgow is to host a conference of interest to Croak readers on June 22nd & 23rd 2013: ‘Natives, Aliens and Reintroductions: how does ecology inform wildlife conservation in Scotland?’ with Froglifer Rob Williams giving one of the presentations.
Considerable resources have been expended on attempting to rid the country of non-native plants and animals deemed to be harmful, such as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed.  At the same time, programmes have also been set up reintroducing species deemed to be desirable, such as Beavers, all against a backdrop of concern about the effects of climate change on the distribution of native species.

The two-day conference will be in the Graham Kerr Building, aimed at adults, and include talks, workshops, posters and excursions; a series of excursions to relevant sites; and a schools event on Friday 14th June, together with other schools events under the banner of the Glasgow Science Festival.

The registration fee is £15.00 (including lunch on the Saturday, and teas / coffees etc. both days). Full information and a downloadable booking form can be found here.  

The event is a contribution to the centenary celebrations of the British Ecological Society, and the Year of Natural Scotland. Glasgow Natural History Society, in collaboration with other members of the Glasgow Biodiversity Partnership and Glasgow Science Festival are leading the project.

The conference theme is also addressed in GNHS excursions throughout the year. Non-members are welcome to join, even if they haven't registered for the Conference itself.

Contact GNHS for any further information – info@glasgownaturalhistory.org.uk

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