The symposium has a fantastic line-up of plenary speakers, oral and poster presenters as well as round-table discussion.

You can see the full programme below and, for more detail on the lightning and poster presentations, take a look at the Book of Abstracts.

British Ecological Society image of a view of a grassland delta


Programme sessions

Day 1 – 24 June 2024

10:30Session 1 - Setting the Scene
High-level introductory content which will help set the scene as to what our overall purpose should be, new ways of working and underlying approaches which will help frame the discussions at the symposium and guide the community going forward.
10:35Setting the Scene Keynote 1 - Nancy Ockendon, Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme
11:00Setting the Scene Keynote 2 - Richard Fitton, Finance Earth
11:25Lightning Talk

Diana Pound, Dialogue Matters - Landscape governance and justice - Enabling Positive and Resilient Landscape Change
11:55Lightning Talks

Elizabeth Hancocks, Natural Resources Wales - Nature Networks in South Central Wales

Ruth Hall, Natural England - The Environment Act habitat target and landscape projects

Jack Bloodworth, Scottish Government - Living labs and pathways to multifunctional landscapes in Scotland

Gavin Siriwardena, British Trust for Ornithology - Monitoring biodiversity impacts of landscape-scale and long-term experiments; challenges and solutions
13:25-14:25Lightning Talks

Andrew Stringer, Forestry England - Nature recovery in the nation's forests managed by Forestry England

Emma Martin, WWF - Wholescape: a new framework for investment in nature, climate and people

Jenny Hodgson, University of Liverpool - How can transdisciplinary landscape projects create the ecological connectivity that will be needed under climate change?

Olly van Biervliet & Julia Newth, WWT - The role of wetlands for increasing landscape resilience

Tim Graham, RSK Biocensus - Responsible Bodies and Conservation Covenants: New legal approaches to support the creation of resilient landscapes
14:25Session 2 - Upland and Headwater Systems
14:30Upland and Headwater Systems Keynote 1- Jeremy Roberts, Cairngorms Connect
14:55Upland and Headwater Systems Keynote 2 - Rob Collins, The Rivers Trust
15:20-15:40Lightning Talks

Jan Dick, UKCEH - Connecting people and nature to ensure resilient landscapes

Alvaro Roel Bellot, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College - Compatibility with land use practices and environmental benefits are linked to decisions to create mixed native woodland in Scotland
16:00-16:20Lightning Talks

George Porton, University of Leeds - Monitoring ecological restoration in the UK uplands: an example from the Wild Ingleborough project

Lee Schofield, RSPB/Lowther Estate - Wild Haweswater - For Wildlife, Water and People
16:20-17:20Discussion and feedback
17:20-18:50Poster session - The poster session will be 1hr 30 minutes long, and will allow you to engage on a deeper level with people who are interested in your subject.

Day 2 – 25 June 2024

09:15 Session 3 - Lowlands and River Systems
09:20Lowlands and River Systems Keynote 1 - Rosie Hails, National Trust
09:45Lowlands and River Systems Keynote 2 - James Bullock, UKCEH
10:10-10:30Lightning Talks

Bruce Winney & Kate Heppell, National Landscapes Association & The Chilterns Conservation Board and QMUL - Restoring nature in the calcareous landscapes of southern England: land use opportunities, co-benefits and trade-offs

Hans de Kroon, Raboud University - Living Labs for biodiversity recovery in the Netherlands: scaling up from successes in the past
10:50-11:20Lightning Talks

Antonia Eastwood, RSPB - Improving outcomes for wildlife in highly productive landscapes - where to start?

Richard Pywell, UKCEH - Developing nature positive, carbon neutral farming systems - the AgZero+ programme

Julie Ewald, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust - Farmer Clusters; farmer-led landscape conservation, the UK story Part One
11:20-12:20Discussion and Feedback
13:15Session 4 - Connected, land, coastal and marine systems
13:20Connected, land, coastal and marine systems Keynote 1- Louise MacCallum, Solent Seascape Blue Marine Foundation
13:45Connected, land, coastal and marine systems Keynote 2 - Daisy Durden, WWF
14:10-14:50Lightning Talks

Jo Bayes, Environment Agency - Applying a Natural Capital Approach at a Source to Sea Scale: The Blackwater & Colne Case study

Jens-Arne Subke and Malina Modlich, University of Stirling - The Forth Environmental Resilience Array (Forth-ERA) - monitoring environmental systems at scale

Rick Stafford, Bournemouth University - Novel marine ecosystems can aid nature recovery, net zero and levelling-up targets

Ben Porter, Tir Canol - Landscape scale restoration in the heart of Wales: lessons from the tumultuous journey of 'Summit to Sea'

15:10-16:10Discussion and Feedback
16:10-16:30Summing up and close

Timetable subject to change.