Mammal Society's Autumn Symposium

Rewilding Britain director, Helen Meech, joins speakers on 27 October

Rewilding Britain director, Helen Meech, joins speakers on 27 October
Benefit of beaver reintroductions will be discussed at the Mammal Society Symposium Photo: Peter Cairns/scotlandbigpicture.com

A 2-day event for practitioners, academics, policy makers and the public 

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015 to Wednesday 28 October
Place: Exeter, Devon

Catalysed by the recent reintroduction of beavers to Devon and Scotland, this meeting will evaluate the role that biodiversity recreation can play in delivering ecosystem services. To be held at Exeter’s beautifully refurbished Rougemont Hotel, the conference is just a few miles from one of the recent reintroduction sites.

Day 1: Restoring biodiversity delivers ecosystem services: reality or pipe dream?

This scientific symposium will consider the credibility of the proposal that schemes good for wildlife are also good for humans. It will examine the challenges of evaluating costs and benefits, and compare approaches based on biodiversity with those centred on key species.

Speakers include: Ian Bateman (University of Exeter), Jane Memmott (University of Bristol), Laurence Couldrick (South West Rivers Trust), Helen Meech (Rewilding Britain); Jenny MacPherson (Vincent Wildlife Trust), Martin Gaywood (Scottish Natural Heritage)

Day 2 will be a case study of beaver reintroductions. With presentations from those directly involved in current and previous schemes, it will explore the conflicts and solutions associated with reintroducing a large mammal, and discuss the available evidence on water flow control and other ecosystem services.

Speakers include: Roisin Campbell-Palmer (Royal Zoological Society of Scotland), Richard Brazier (University of Exeter), Paul Kemp (University of Southampton), Simon Jones (Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park), Mark Elliott (Devon Wildlife Trust)

Find out more and buy tickets on the Mammal Society's website

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