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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.


22/09/2018    Big BioBlitz Botanic Gardens    1 Day

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, The Conservation Volunteers. Contact: 07970169607

Free full day event to record wildlife in the city. Pond-dipping, foraging nature walks, invertebrate surveys, hapa-zome, stalls & crafts. Communal food share picnic, bring a dish and try others.

23/09/2018    Apple Day Brighton    1 Day

Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 9PZ, Brighton Permaculture Trust. Contact: 07746185927

Apple Day Brighton is a free, family event in and around the orchards of Stanmer Park, featuring orchard-themed educational, fun activities for everyone. It includes orchard tours, food & drink, storytelling, children’s activities, music, apple identification, fruit tree growing advice, fruit from our orchards and stalls selling local produce.

25/09/2018    2018 Ranger Rendezvous    3 Days

Netherurd, Nr West Linton, Scottish Borders, Scottish Countryside Rangers Association. Contact:

The 2018 Ranger Rendezvous will take place at Netherurd House, near West Linton, in the Scottish Borders. There will be a range of talks and workshops covering this year’s theme of ‘Young People’. The conference is open to anyone working as a Countryside Ranger or Manager (or a similar profession) in Scotland.

29/09/2018    Autumn Recorders' Conference    1 Day

Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading, TVERC. 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.

29/09/2018    Northern Coleopterists Meeting 2018    1 Day

World Museum, Liverpool, Don Stenhouse. Contact:

02/10/2018    IUCN UK Peatland Programme 2018 Conference    3 Days

Balloch, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, IUCN UK Peatland Programme. Contact:

02/10/2018    Giving animals choice: how ZSL's Zoo Keepers use science to positively impact animal welfare     0.5 Day

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY, Zoological Society of London. Contact:

Hear directly from ZSL’s Zoo Keepers about their daily work with the animals in their care. Learn how they apply behavioural science for best practice in animal training to enrich the environments of ZSL's Living Collections, providing opportunities for animals to express their natural behaviours.

04/10/2018     5th World Conference on Climate Change    2 Days

Park Inn by Radisson, London, Conference Series llc LTD. Contact:

04/10/2018    International Biodiversity Congress 2018    2 Days

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, Navdanya. Contact:

05/10/2018    2018 National Forest School Festival    3 Days

Bradmoor Woods, Norfolk, Forest School Association. Contact:

09/10/2018    Evidence to Action: Research to Address Illegal Wildlife    1 Day

Zoological Society of London, UK, Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. Contact:

We are thrilled to announce our event organised by Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, BIOSEC University of Sheffield, Lancaster Environment Centre, Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology & ZSL. The programme will bring together researchers & end-users from across all sectors working on IWT, to find new ways of working together to tackle this complex topic.

10/10/2018    Social Value of the Outdoors    3 Days

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Northern Ireland, Outdoor Recreation Network . Contact:

11/10/2018    Urban trees of tomorrow – which are they and how to find them?    1 Day

Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY, The Yorkshire Arboretum. Contact:

The benefits of urban trees are well known - but which species are most suitable? Henrik Sjöman , from  Gothenburg Botanic Garden, Sweden, discusses how he is looking for the best to create a diverse and resilient urban forest.

11/10/2018    Restoring Ratty Conference: A critical look at water vole conservation in the UK    2 Days

Hexham, Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01434250898

The Restoring Ratty Conference will take a critical look at past and present water vole conservation initiatives in the UK. There will be talks from water vole professionals about their projects and research on various issues and their solutions, along with a panel discussion session on issues affecting water voles.

11/10/2018    Raising the Standards of Animal Welfare: Ensuring Ethical Treatment at the Time of Slaughter    1 Day

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, Public Policy Exchange. Contact:

11/10/2018    Strategic Planning for Landscape-Scale Conservation Symposium    1 Day

Arup - 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ, Bat Conservation Trust . Contact: 0207 820 7172.

This event aims to share knowledge and best practice regarding strategic, landscape-scale planning for biodiversity (not just bats). It is now widely recognised that we need to act at a landscape-scale to create ecological networks and fulfil the Lawton vision of more, bigger, better and joined sites for nature conservation.

15/10/2018    Annual Update (IPROW conference)    2 Days

Leeds, IPROW. Contact:

IPROW’s Update is a conference style event with a series of presentations, primarily from members, about recent innovations or initiatives, intended to provoke thought, discussion and opportunities for review or change of practice.

15/10/2018    7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress (ISPAH)    3 Days

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, Public Health England and Sport England. Contact:

16/10/2018    IFM 49th Annual Conference    3 Days

The Guildhall, Hull, Institute of Fisheries Management. Contact:

16/10/2018    CIEEM Welsh Conference Recovering Nature: Approaches to species reintroduction and rewilding     1 Day

Park Inn by Radisson, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, CF10 2JH, CIEEM. Contact:

The Conference aims to establish what rewilding is, its historical context and its value as a tool for ecological enhancement and protection. It will explore where rewilding stops and where traditional conservation management practices start. It will outline some of the measures, like species reintroduction, which can be employed to “re-wild” the landscape.

17/10/2018    Protecting British Pollinators: Preventing the Decline of Bees in Britain    1 Day

Central London, Public Policy Exchange Ltd. Contact:

19/10/2018    AA Student Conference 2018    2 Days

Merrist Wood College, The Arboricultural Association. Contact:

The first ever UK Conference for Arboriculture Students will be a landmark event. Free entry on Friday to all students and Free entry for AA Student Members on Saturday will enable young professionals the chance to delve into some fantastic CPD, plus in-depth demonstrations and industry exhibitors providing advice and expertise.

23/10/2018    Communicate 2018: The Art of the Possible    1 Day

Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Natural History Consortium. Contact: 01179253931

Communicate is an annual environmental communication conference bringing together a diverse group of delegates each year to develop their skills, share best practice and debate latest issues in science communication, nature conservation and engaging people with the natural world.

30/10/2018    Climate change adaptation in the natural environment: measuring progress    1 Day

David Attenborough Building, Cambridge University, BES Climate Change Ecology Special Interest Group. Contact:

01/11/2018    Invasion Science: Connecting research, management and policy    2 Days

Charles Darwin House, London, BES Invasion Science Group. Contact:

03/11/2018    Scottish Botanists' Conference    1 Day

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland. Contact:

06/11/2018    National Tree Officers Conference 2018    1 Day

Oakengates Theatre, Telford, Institute of Chartered Foresters. Contact:

07/11/2018    Talking Plants: How to Communicate Plant Science    3 Days

Cambridge University Botanic Garden , Botanic Gardens Education Network. Contact: 07341131965

bgen Conference, hosted by Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden and Sainsbury Laboratory, focusses on communicating plant science and research to a wide range of audiences. Join plant scientists from the University and plant science communicators and educators from across the UK for three days of ‘Talking Plants’.

09/11/2018    2018 ICF Midlands: Planning and Development in Existing Woodland     1 Day

The Core at Corby Cube, Institute of Chartered Foresters. Contact:

10/11/2018    Annual Conference: The Ochils:- A Special Place    1 Day

Stirling University, Forth Naturalist and Historian. Contact:

10/11/2018    Badger Trust Symposium 2018    1 Day

Ashorne Hill Conference Centre, Leamington Spa, Badger Trust. Contact:

13/11/2018    Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018    2 Days

National Museum Cardiff, Wale, Valuing Nature. Contact:

13/11/2018    The Living Planet Report 2018: current trends and future targets for biodiversity     0.5 Day

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY, Zoological Society of London. Contact:

The 2018 Living Planet Report will present the latest science-based analysis of the current state of global vertebrate biodiversity. Discuss what the next steps should be at this pivotal time for conservation. Having identified many threats to wildlife, what direction should conservation science take to reduce biodiversity decline?

16/11/2018    PTES Dormouse Mitigation Conference    1 Day

Natural History Museum, People's Trust for Endangered Species. Contact: 020 7498 4533

The Dormouse Mitigation Conference is a must for anyone involved in dormouse surveying, licencing and mitigation. You will get updates on survey techniques, how to plan mitigation strategies and updates to licensing legislation.

17/11/2018    Scottish Bat Workers Conference 2017    1 Day

Battleby Conference Centre, Redgorton, Perth PH1 3EW , Bat Conservation Trust. Contact:

This is a one day conference open to anyone with an interest in bats. It will be held at the Battleby Conference centre near Perth. Attending the conference is a great way to update your bat knowledge, practical skills and to network, through the varied programme of talks and workshops.

20/11/2018    Rewilding Perspectives and Applications Conference 2018    1 Day

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6JS, Royal Agricultural University and Cirencester Sixth Form College. Contact:

20/11/2018    CIEEM Autumn Conference 2018 Advances in Ecological Restoration and Habitat Creation    2 Days

Glasgow Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8RR, CIEEM. Contact:

The two-day Autumn conference will bring together policy makers, land owners and practitioners to review current thinking in ecological restoration and habitat creation. Drawing on examples from a wide range of ecosystems, the conference sessions will examine the different stages of the ecological restoration and habitat creation process from the policy and legislative context through to post-implementation monitoring.

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20/11/2018    CMA Annual Conference - Engaging Communities, Enhancing Lives    2 Days

YHA London Lee Valley Hostel, Countryside Management Association. Contact:

21/11/2018    National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Conference 2018    2 Days

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

The theme of this two day Conference is “The NBN in a changing climate”. There will be over 20 presentations, including keynotes and speed talks and an afternoon of “Knowledge Exchange” sessions. The UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing will also be presented, on the evening of 21 November.

22/11/2018    Linking behaviour to populations and communities: how can behavioural ecology inform conservation?    2 Days

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY, Zoological Society of London. Contact:

22/11/2018    CLOtC Annual Conference and Awards 2018    1 Day

Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Contact:

The conference focuses on keeping costs to a minimum and making best use of resources. Includes practical workshops and keynote speakers: Paul Whiteman, NAHT; Matt Hyde, Scout Association; Mei Lim, Weyfield Primary Academy; Emma Schofield, Boston West Academy; Coralie Hopwood, John Muir Award.

03/12/2018    Future Water Networks “Managing yesterday’s infrastructure using tomorrow’s technology”    2 Days

Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Nr Leamington Spa CV8 2LD, Future Water Association. Contact:

04/12/2018    CommOCEAN 2018 - 3rd International Marine Science Communication Conference    2 Days

Southampton, National Oceanography Centre. Contact:

11/12/2018    Rewilding in a changing climate    0.5 Day

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY, Zoological Society of London. Contact:

Climate change is happening fast, driving some ecosystems well beyond their limits. As environments alter and species redistribute themselves in response, restoring habitats to historical benchmarks may no longer be an option. Debate rewilding, a novel ecosystem management approach to conserving biodiversity.

16/12/2018    BES Annual Meeting 2018    4 Days

Birmingham ICC, British Ecological Society. Contact:

15/01/2019    Marine plastic pollution: the science story     0.5 Day

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY, Zoological Society of London. Contact:

Marine plastic pollution is one of the hottest environmental topics of our time. Highlighting research by ZSL’s #OneLess campaign and Thames River plastic bottle monitoring programme, discuss the social-science behind the movement to reduce single-use plastic, and how to focus future research and conservation interventions. 

17/01/2019    Future of environmental principles and governance post-Brexit    1 Day

Central London, Westminster Forum Projects. Contact:

12/02/2019    How electronic animal tracking has revolutionised marine conservation    0.5 Day

Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY, Zoological Society of London. Contact:

The oceans are changing and until recently their sheer size and inaccessibility has hindered our understanding of the consequent impacts on biodiversity. Animal tracking is now incredibly sophisticated, revealing behaviour in animals that we haven’t been able to study before. Discuss how data from telemetry technologies could improve marine conservation.

28/02/2019    Natural Capital Investment Conference 2019    1 Day

The Royal Society, London, Ecosystems Knowledge Network. Contact: 03332406990

16/03/2019    Recorders' Gathering    1 Day

Battleby, Perth, Butterfly Conservation. Contact:

08/04/2019    Unifying Tropical Ecology: Strengthening collaborative science    5 Days

Appleton Tower, Edinburgh, BES/gtö. Contact:

In 2019, gtö & BES will come together for a joint symposium with support from the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. This collaborative venture will bring together ecologists from the UK & Europe, together with their research partners from across the entire tropics. Submissions for Thematic Sessions, which will feature at this exciting joint Symposium, are now open.

09/04/2019    Ocean Business 2019    3 Days

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Diversified Communications UK. Contact:

11/05/2019    The Ocean Tide and the Port of Liverpool    1 Day

Liverpool, National Oceanography Centre. Contact:

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.