Raptors, Uplands & Peatlands – Conservation, Land Management and Issues
Peatlands Special Interest Group event
The landmark event will bring together key academics and practitioners to examine the ecological and conservation issues of raptors on uplands generally, and peatlands specifically, from bogs to heather moors. We will be addressing the hugely controversial issues of why Britain has lost its upland hen harriers, and much more besides. This is a major national conference with relevance to wider international issues as well. It is the first of two major events, the second being a 3-day national conference in 2017, on issues for the conservation of birds of uplands & peatlands.
This 2-day event will ask speakers to explore the issues surrounding the topic from their own personal and/ or professional perspective, offering scenarios and solutions for the recovery of species and habitats. There will be the opportunity to not only present case studies from current projects but also raise fundamental questions about wider management, economics, monitoring and policy making at regional, national and international levels. The aim by the end of the two days will be to start to draw together the common themes and differences reflecting the speakers’ and delegates’ concerns about the future for raptors in uplands and peatlands, and the hen harrier specifically. This will set the scene for the 2017 event, which will re-visit some of the issues one year on. The output from the conference will be a short volume of contributions including a scene-setting paper and a review of discussion from the two days.
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