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Events (Conferences, fairs etc)

Professional events, conferences, fairs etc held for the countryside, arboriculture, wildlife, ecology and conservation sectors.

There are a lot of Celebration Days in the countryside, conservation and environment sectors throughout the world, for example Tick Prevention Week starting 1 April in the UK is to raise awareness regarding the dangers of tick bites, and how to reduce the chance of infection. A useful thought for all outdoor types. Have a look at the list on Naturenet.


21/09/2019    The Big Picture Conference: Bringing Rewilding to Life    1 Day

Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Scotland: The Big Picture. Contact:

The Big Picture Conference, the only event of its kind dedicated to rewilding in Scotland, will focus on inspirational stories and experiences from Scotland and around the world, delivered by rewilding practitioners, policymakers and storytellers. Delegates can also browse the Rewilding Market and network with other attendees.

24/09/2019    EUROPARC Conference 2019    4 Days

Kemeri National Park, Latvia, EUROPARC Federation. Contact:

24/09/2019    2019 Scottish Conference Climate Change: Its Impact on Scotland's Wildlife & Landscapes    1 Day

Stirling , Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Contact: 01962 868626

The conference will highlight key issues for Scotland and provide practical advice for delegates when they are considering climate change in their current ecological and environmental management practices.

26/09/2019    Conservation, Preservation and Demonstration: the What, Why and How of National Plant Collections    1 Day

Upton House and Gardens, Plant Heritage and PlantNetwork. Contact:

26/09/2019    SoilsCon 2019    1 Day

Phyllis Court, Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 2HT, Tim O'Hare Associates. Contact:

28/09/2019    TVERC Recorders' Conference      Day

Oracle 520, Oracle Parkway, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1RA, Thames Valley EnvironmentalRecords Centre. Contact: 01865 815451

Join us for a day of talks, workshops and updates on biological recording. A great opportunity to meet other local naturalists and share news. There will also be a wildlife bookstall and space for groups to bring displays. £10 for students/volunteer recorders and £18 corporate/professional rate, includes lunch and refreshments

28/09/2019    Climate Resilience: Think and Act like a Forest Garden    1 Day

National Forest Gardening Scheme AGM, Green Fish Resource Centre, 46 - 50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE, Manchester Permaculture Network. Contact:

02/10/2019    The Conservation Optimism Summit 2019    3 Days

Oxford, University of Oxford. Contact:

02/10/2019    Institutional Landowners Conference    1 Day

Hallam Conference Centre, London, Country Land and Business Association Limited. Contact:

Drivers of Investment will explore what makes for a successful investment strategy and how financial, social and environmental improvements can be generated. Featuring guest expert speakers from Rothschild & Co, United Utilities, the Duchy of Cornwall and the National Trust, this is an unmissable event.

04/10/2019    Future Foresters Skills Day 2019    1 Day

Shuttleworth College, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9DX, Royal Forestry Society. Contact:

08/10/2019    Future Planning: Designing Places in a Climate Emergency    1 Day

Glasgow, Ecosystem Knowledge Network . Contact:

09/10/2019    ‘Facts, Fiction and Interpretation’ AHI Conference 2019    3 Days

The Bedford Centre Hotel, 2 St Marys Street, Bedford, MK42 0AR, Association For Heritage Interpretation. Contact: 01795 436560

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09/10/2019    CMA Conference 2019    3 Days

Ambleside YHA, Countryside Management Association. Contact:

Building on the ‘Bigger, Better and More Joined Up’ approach outlined in the ‘Making Space for Nature’ review carried by Sir John Lawton the 2019 CMA Conference is a chance for members to develop their awareness and understanding of the impacts of countryside management at a landscape level. Through a series of presentations, workshops and field trips the conference will look at topical talking points such as Re-wilding, Bio-diversity Connectivity & Pollinators, discuss landscape projects which feature current and future issues around conservation, farming, water catchment and heritage protection and hear about the experiences, ideas and best practice from fellow countryside professionals looking to encourage a wider vision for countryside management beyond a park or site boundaries.

09/10/2019    How we damage nature and what we might do about it    1 Day

Westlain House, Village Way, Falmer, BN1 9PH, Royal Geographical Society. Contact:

11/10/2019    The 2019 National Forest School Association Conference    3 Days

High Ashurst Outdoor Centre, Forest School Association. Contact:

11/10/2019    Smart Parks    1 Day

Hotel Ibis Stevenage Centre, Danestrete, Stevenage , Landscape Futures CIC . Contact:

Specialised conference focussed on making formal and informal parks easier to find, engage with, and manage - by using technology. All-day event comprising talks, networking and exhibitions. Buffet lunch and refreshments included. Short walk from mainline station. Associated Twitter stream @parks_smart. £50 plus Eventbrite fee. (Opportunities to exhibit by arrangement)

12/10/2019    Scottish Badgers Annual Conference    1 Day

Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 78 George Street, Perth, PH1 5LB , Scottish Badgers. Contact:

Join the charity Scottish Badgers in Perth on Saturday 12th October for their Annual Conference. A packed day of talks, workshops and a chance to network with like-minded people. Speakers include Peter Cairns of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a representative from SSPCA's Special Operations Unit and more.

14/10/2019    Annual Update 2019    2 Days

Derby, IPROW. Contact:

The Update will include a wide spectrum of topics of current interest, keeping you abreast of change and able to make savings through knowledge of opportunities and limitations. £335 members £435 non-members

14/10/2019    Healthy Cities Design 2019    2 Days

Royal College of Physicians, London, SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange. Contact:

22/10/2019    Outdoor Recreation 2030: Future Trends and Insights    2 Days

Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon, Outdoor Recreation Network. Contact:

Join the Outdoor Recreation Network for their upcoming ‘Outdoor Recreation 2030: Future Trends and Insights’ Conference on 22nd & 23rd October 2019. This two-day conference will look at what past and current trends tell us about how to prepare for the future, what determines the next “big thing” and the role the outdoors play in contributing to good health and wellbeing. Given the pace of change in the sector this is a timely occasion to gather leaders across the outdoor recreation industry and consider how to plan for and manage future challenges and opportunities. Please book early as tickets are limited and expected to fill up fast. Visit for the full programme and booking details.

28/10/2019    Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019    2 Days

Royal Society, London, Valuing Nature. Contact:

31/10/2019    Nature Matters 2019: Time for Nature    3 Days

St Peter’s School, York, New Networks for Nature. Contact:

02/11/2019    Scottish Botanists' Conference    1 Day

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland, BSS & RBGE. Contact: 0791 7152580

Everyone with an interest in Scottish botany is very welcome to the Scottish Botanists’ Conference. We will have a great mix of botanical talks, ID workshops, exhibits & posters. Our main speaker is Professor Robert Crawford, who will give a talk on ‘Plants at the Margin in a Changing Climate’.

06/11/2019    National Tree Officers Conference 2019    1 Day

Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Institute of Chartered Foresters. Contact:

07/11/2019    National Conference 2019: Beyond the Classroom    1 Day

The Blackpool Tower, Blackpool, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Contact:

12/11/2019    World Ranger Congress 2019    5 Days

Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal, International Ranger Federation. Contact:

12/11/2019    Communicate 2019    1 Day

Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Natural History Consortium. Contact:

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13/11/2019    NBN Conference 2019    2 Days

Albert Hall, Nottingham, The National Biodiversity Network. Contact:

This year’s NBN Conference is taking place on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November at the Albert Hall, Nottingham.The theme is “Network, Knowledge and Narrative – sharing and using data across the NBN and beyond”.  Over the course of the two days we will be hearing from individuals and organisations from across the NBN and further afield, with twenty speakers (including three keynotes) explaining the importance of sharing and using data. We also have an afternoon of Knowledge Exchange, workshop style, sessions on Wednesday afternoon. These are an opportunity to find out more about a particular aspect of work related to Network business. Some are presentation led, others are discussion based. At the end of day one, we will also have a special ceremony to announce, and present prizes to, the winners of the NBN Awards. Ticket prices for the Conference, which also includes the NBN Awards ceremony, range from £45 - £165 depending on whether you attend for one day or two days, and are members, non-members or students. The NBN Conference matches CIEEM’s Competency Framework so attendance automatically counts as relevant CPD. More information and how to book can be found on the NBN website.

13/11/2019    bgen Annual Conference 2019 - Securing Our Future    3 Days

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Botanic Gardens Education Network. Contact:

16/11/2019    National Dormouse Conference 2019    1 Day

Reading University, PTES. Contact: 020 7062 8619

This one-day event will primarily be for dormouse monitoring volunteers to learn more about hazel dormouse conservation and meet up with fellow wildlife enthusiasts. The day will be packed full of exciting talks from the country’s top dormouse experts and researchers.

19/11/2019    Planning for Success: Maximising Biodiversity by Turning Ambitious Strategy into Successful Delivery    1 Day

Llandudno, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Contact: 01962 868626

Arguably there has never been more emphasis on the environment in the planning and land use system. Green infrastructure planning, biodiversity net gain, natural capital assets, ecosystem services assessment, nature recovery networks – these are just some of the strategic approaches designed to make space for nature but how can we ensure that they are used to best effect?

26/11/2019    Conservation in the South West Uplands: Challenges and Solutions    1 Day

University of Exeter, Great Hall, EX4 4PY, Butterfly Conservation. Contact: 07717653968

This conference led by the All the Moor Butterflies project, explores some of the challenges facing conservation in the uplands of Dartmoor, Exmoor, and Bodmin Moor and how we might begin to solve them together.

28/11/2019    Rural Business Conference 2019 - Unlocking Tomorrow's Markets    1 Day

The QEII Centre, Westminster, Country Land and Business Association Limited. Contact:

Landowners are always looking for different ways to grow their businesses. New markets will develop not only as a result of Brexit but because of changing consumer preferences and the public’s shifting expectations of the countryside. Join us to hear from landowners who have successfully identified and exploited markets both local and international.

10/12/2019    BES Annual Meeting 2019 - Celebrating Global Ecology in Belfast    4 Days

Belfast, British Ecological Society. Contact:

Join ecologists from around the world in Belfast this December at the British Ecological Society’s Annual Meeting. You’ll find the latest ideas and the topics that matter in a changing world, with leading science being presented across all of ecology.

10/12/2019    Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) Conference 2019    1 Day

Said Business School, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP, LEAP. Contact:

23/02/2020    World Biodiversity Forum    6 Days

Davos, Switzerland Congress Centre, bioDISCOVERY, and URPP Glob¬al Change and Biodiversity. Contact:

22/04/2020    Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 International Urban Trees Reseach Conference    2 Days

University of Birmingham, Institute for Chartered Foresters. Contact:

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