Brownfield Conference 2013

On the 31st of October 2013 Buglife held its second Brownfield Conference at the Whisby Nature Park Education Centre, a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve.

The event was attended by 70 delegates from a variety of backgrounds including ecological consultancies, conservation organisations (RSPB, Wildlife Trusts), statutory organisations (Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission), expert entomologists, Council ecologists and planners, local naturalist groups, universities and interested individuals.

The morning and afternoon sessions saw a number of case studies presented which detailed novel approaches of working in partnership with industry/developers/local authorities in order to conserve and manage brownfield sites, from woodlands to former sand extraction pits to active industrial sites.

The mid-morning talks focussed on brownfields and the planning system; the importance of which was highlighted by a summary presentation on the State of brownfields in the Thames Gateway report (51% of wildlife rich brownfields lost between 2005 – 2011), and importantly how to identify the UKBAP Priority Habitat –  open mosaic habitats on previously developed land.

Please click on the links in the download sidebar to view the conference proceedings.

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