Event reports

We hold a wide range of events bringing together ecologists and policymakers, from large-scale conferences to panel debates and focused workshops.

People, Politics and the Planet 2015
People, Politics and the Planet 2015 Jason Reeves

2018

BES Scottish Policy Group report: "What does biodiversity success in 2020 look like?"

July 2018

(343 KB pdf)

This is a summary of a discussion held at the British Ecological Society’s Scottish Policy Group (BES-SPG) Pie and a Pint meeting in Inverness on the 21 May 2018. The event was open to all BES members and those interested in Scotland’s biodiversity strategy.  About 25 people attended from wide range of organisations.

The event was opened with five quick fire talks. After which, the participants split into four break-out groups to discuss these questions:

  1. What is working well with the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy (SBS) to deliver the 2020 targets?
  2. What hasn’t worked well in SBS?
  3. Where should we go after 2020? – for strategy (i.e. governance /process)
  4. Where should we go after 2020? – for biodiversity

 

Download BES Scottish Policy Group report: "What does biodiversity success in 2020 look like?" pdf

2018

The marine environment after Brexit: the future for science and policy

A joint BES and Marine Biological Association workshop report

June 2018

(1 MB pdf)

The British Ecological Society and the Marine Biological Association brought their members together, along with other interested scientists and environmentalists, for a one-day workshop to identify the key challenges and opportunities for marine environmental policy in the UK after Brexit.

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Finding the Common Ground: a BES Agricultural Ecology SIG report

February 2018

(977 KB pdf)

This document is the outcome of a British Ecological Society workshop organised by the Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group on 6 December 2017 with participants ranging from scientists to farming practitioners. There was broad agreement on what the evidence from science and practice has shown and the main issues that policy should address. The evidence was used to identify a headline goal for agriculture and the environment:

The goal for agriculture is to implement an agro-ecological approach to food production including biodiversity conservation. This should maintain land that is agriculturally productive, rich in wildlife, culturally rich and accessible for the enjoyment of wider society without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Download Finding the Common Ground: a BES Agricultural Ecology SIG report pdf

2017

PAAP on Agri-environment schemes in Scotland post Brexit

October 2017

(806 KB pdf)

This is a summary of a discussion held at British Ecological Society’s Scottish Policy Group (BES-SPG) Pie and a Pint meeting in Edinburgh on the 9th October 2017.

The event was open to all BES-SPG members and those interested in agricultural policy.  About 25 people attended from wide range of organisations.

The event was opened with five quick five minute talks. After the talks, the participants split into three break-out groups to discuss these questions:

  1. What agri-environment schemes have been successful in Scotland so far? What evidence is there for the positive or negative effects of different agri-environment schemes?
  2. How can agri-environment schemes be best coordinated at the catchment or landscape scale and by whom?
  3. Thinking beyond agri-environment schemes: what other initiatives should we be looking at or trying to incorporate in a future land management policy and who should pay for them?
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Urban greenspace – space for nature and people? PAAP

September 2017

(2 MB pdf)

This report contains the notes from the joint BES Scottish Policy Group and ESCom Scotland Pie and a Pint night,  held on the 9 May 2017 in Edinburgh. The event brought together academics, policymakers and other interested in the environment to discuss the question: ‘Are the provision and management of greenspace in Scotland on track to contribute to the delivery of our Biodiversity 2020 priority aims?’

There were five topical break out groups to discuss biodiversity, multi-functionality, green economy, regulatory ecosystem services and cultural services & health benefits in relation to the above question. The event opened with five minute flash talks from five speakers who had been selected to represent a diverse set of issues and expertise related to urban green infrastructure. This report summarises the event, the presentations and discussions held.

Download Urban greenspace – space for nature and people? PAAP pdf

Ecology for the National Adaptation Programme for Climate Change Workshop report Final

May 2017

(694 KB pdf)

This is the workshop report from the BES Climate Change Ecology Special Interested Group lead workshop ‘Ecology for the National Adaptation Programme for Climate Change’. It combines the highlights from the presentations and the breakout groups. The presentations have also been uploaded in separate document.

The main part of the workshop was given over to short (5 minute) talks and break out groups. The short talks covered either new scientific research or case studies of climate change adaptation to help capture some of the key developments that have taken place since the last National Adaptation Programme was published. Unlike climate change impacts research, adaptation is a necessarily practical discipline and the lessons learnt from experience are at least as important as those from academic research. The breakout groups were typically composed of a mixture of experts in the specific fields and participants with more generalist knowledge and expertise.

Download Ecology for the National Adaptation Programme for Climate Change Workshop report Final pdf

Presentations from the Ecology for the National Adaptation Programme for Climate Change Workshop

May 2017

(8 MB pdf)

These are the presentations from the BES Climate Change Ecology Special Interested Group lead workshop ‘Ecology for the National Adaptation Programme for Climate Change’. The main part of the workshop was given over to short (5 minute) talks and break out groups. The short talks covered either new scientific research or case studies of climate change adaptation to help capture some of the key developments that have taken place since the last National Adaptation Programme was published. Unlike climate change impacts research, adaptation is a necessarily practical discipline and the lessons learnt from experience are at least as important as those from academic research.

The presentations PDF can be viewed along side the main workshop report which combines the highlights from the presentations and the breakout groups. The presentations have also been uploaded in separate document.

Download Presentations from the Ecology for the National Adaptation Programme for Climate Change Workshop pdf

The future of the British uplands workshop summary and presentations

March 2017

(6 MB pdf)

This workshop, jointly organised by the British Ecological Society and Newcastle University, aimed to capture the diverse range of views regarding the future of the uplands. The key policy and research priorities will be identified from the workshop and will help to guide future work by British Ecological Society (BES) in this important area. Here is a brief summary of the day including the presentations.

Download The future of the British uplands workshop summary and presentations pdf

2016

Making Brexit work for Ecology and the Environment

Workshop at the 2016 BES Annual Meeting

December 2016

(476 KB pdf)

Our workshop identified priorities, challenges and opportunities to shape our engagement with Brexit during 2017, and to inform the work of our Brexit Policy Working Group.

Workshop report by Rick Parfett, Policy Intern.

Download Making Brexit work for Ecology and the Environment pdf