Join the debate in Perth

BES/NØF Symposium: Treelines and Beyond
Tuesday 4 September

Join in Perth, Scotland, on Tuesday 4 September where a debate will be web-linked with Bergen, Norway!

Registration is now open!

Please note the main meeting takes place in Bergen, Norway. There will then be a web-linked debate with Perth, Scotland, that you are also able to take part in. Please make sure you register for the correct part of the meeting.

The main Symposium will run for two days in Bergen, Norway. On the afternoon of the second day, Tuesday 4 September, there will be a debate between rural policy makers, land users and other key stakeholders, about the impact that land use and rural policy has on the biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services. This discussion will be live web-linked between Bergen and Perth, Scotland, a first for BES, and enabling direct comparisons between the two countries. The focus of these sessions will be a comparison of the landscape of South West Norway and upland Scotland with consideration of the land use and policy differences between the two countries.

If you aren’t attending the main Symposium, you can join us in Perth to take part in this debate and panel discussion. The venue is Perth College UHI.


  • Davie Black, Mountaineering Council of Scotland
  • Stuart Brooks, National Trust for Scotland
  • Charles Dundas, Woodland Trust
  • Anne Gray, Heather Trust
  • Davy McCracken, Scotland’s Rural College
  • Will Boyd Wallis, Cairngorms National Park Authority


Please note these are UK times (Bergen will be 1 hour ahead)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13.00 – 13:50
Introduction and summary of previous day’s meeting by Alison Hester

13.50 – 14.00
Two films, one each from the two countries, identifying key natural heritage features as well as land use & recreational interests.

14.00 – 15.00
Session A: Response to the films
1) Panel in each venue
2) Discussion in each venue
3) Web-linked summary of discussions
4) Further inter-venue discussion

15.35 – 15.35
Session B: Drivers of change at treeline, and more broadly in the uplands
1) Panel in each venue
2) Discussion in each venue

15:35 – 15:50 Coffee Break

15.50 – 16.15
Session B: Continued
3) Web-linked summary of discussions
4) Further inter-venue discussion.

16.15 -16.30
Session C) Discussion on how policy could encourage desired changes

16-30 – 16.40
Concluding remarks from senior policy person (web-linked)

16.40 – 16.50
Final comments


Registration is open until 17:00 (BST), Friday 17 August.

BES Member: £40.00
BES Concession Member: £30.00
Non Member: £60.00

*Concession Member is a BES/NØF member only rate and includes students and retired members.