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									Wild Ideas Challenging nature conservation
Date: Time: Venue:
9 July 2008 Arrive: 9:30 for a 10:00 start, finish no later than 4:30 Coin Street Centre. 108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London. SE1 9NH (

This event will:  Discuss major drivers and influences in UK nature conservation policy  Consider key opportunities and new directions for conservation  Hear from practitioners at the leading edge, on topics including:  Key issues in terrestrial and marine nature conservation  Nature and well-being  Working with natural processes  Give participants quality discussion time in structured workshops BANC (The British Association of Nature Conservationists) has a 30-year reputation for being on the cutting edge. In ECOS, our publication, we provide a place for people to explore new ideas and fresh thinking in nature conservation. We now want to get this discussion off the page and into live debate and dialogue. Please join us on the 9 July to:
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Be inspired and challenged Hear about new thinking and new ideas in nature conservation Take part - question or critique current practice and explore or dream up fresh ideas.


Speakers will inspire, challenge, provoke, give a fresh twist to old ideas or introduce some new ‘wild ideas’.
 Stephanie Hilborne - Chief Executive - The Wildlife Trusts Conservation in a Rapidly Changing Context What’s changing and how will it affect conservation practice? When Stephanie was appointed to lead The Wildlife Trusts’ she was the youngest ever CE. She keeps her focus firmly on helping the Trusts meet the challenges for Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century.  Mike Townsend – OBE, Senior Advisor evidence and policy development - the Woodland Trust Goods and Services – will they serve nature well. With increasing focus on valuing environmental services, do we run the risk of placing value only on that which can be shown to have immediate utility? Should we resist the push to value nature in the way we value baked beans or package holidays? Having retired from the post of Chief Executive, Mike continues as a senior advisor for the Woodland Trust on evidence and policy development.  Stephen Moss - BBC Producer Natural History Unit Nature Deficit Disorder. When people are living without much contact with the natural world what effect does this have on human well-being and behaviour? How can we inspire and help people experience nature today? Stephen works for BBC Natural History Unit and is the Producer of BBC’s wildlife hits such as Spring Watch, Big Cat Diary and The Nature of Britain.  James Robertson - Writer and Editor 'Keep the faith or wake up and smell the coffee? Down but not out – the mood of conservationists and the dichotomy facing nature conservation. This is based on a recent BANC funded survey undertaken by James. James is a nature writer and editor of the wildlife magazine Natur Cymru - The Nature of Wales. His career in nature conservation has mixed championing a conservation ethic with a thirst for practical action.  David Collins - Independent Adviser on the management of coastal change. Adapting to change – a species in trouble. Tough questions for nature conservationists – can we adapt our attitudes and actions to help nature respond to climate change and sea level rise. Lessons from East Anglia. David is well known in marine circles for grappling with the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing coastline.  Lisa Chilton - Marine Development Manager The Wildlife Trusts Playing Catch Up. Marine conservation has often been described as the poor relation, lagging well behind terrestrial conservation. But with the rapid advances emerging through the Marine bill and other drivers, is marine conservation catching up or has it even leap frogged ahead and avoided some of the pitfalls that hinder terrestrial conservation? Lisa is a well-known and passionate marine conservationist. She works as Marine Development Manager for the Wildlife Trusts.  Philip Bubb - ecologist trained in holistic management Seeing the whole picture – holistic management. Science is a reductionist approach to gaining knowledge and has failed to help us get to grips with the complexity of environmental management. A holistic approach is needed. Philip–works for UNEP-WCMC  Diana Pound - Chair of BANC Jigsaws and Jenga – getting better at winning. We can’t just keep blaming everyone else for the trouble nature is in. What is the effect of our risk averse and, reductionist modes of operating?. Do the doom and gloom messages work and are we really champions of genuine sustainability? Diana is an advocate for nature conservationists to break out of conventional approaches and do more systems thinking. She designs and facilitates stakeholder participation in ecological and environmental dialogue.

Workshops Handouts

Workshop sessions will emerge from the thoughts and ideas the speakers provoke. The workshops will give everyone a chance to discuss and explore the ideas they have heard in more depth. On the day participants will be given: the days agenda, a one page summary of each presentation, and attendees list After the event the outputs will be put up on the BANC website There will be some exhibition space to promote your own ‘wild ideas’ and for those sponsoring the event. If you would like to exhibit please contact For sponsorship opportunities (including exhibition space, logo on the conference handouts and up to 4 people) please contact

Exhibition space Sponsorship

1 Conference Fee - includes all refreshment, lunch, and delegate notes
Fee With membership discount £79 £49

Individual (booking privately)
£129 £65
new reduced rate for members

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3 Booking and Payment
BOOKING     PAYMENT By Cheque By BACS     REFUNDS 
Places are filling up so please book ASAP Please print out and send your booking form by post or save this form, fill it in and e-mail it back to us at: Payment must reach us prior to the event (exceptions may be made for organisations sending staff who can provide evidence that payment is being processed). We reserve the right to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. In this unlikely event we will offer a refund without liability for any consequential or indirect loss. We accept payment by cheque & BACs. We regret we cannot accept credit cards. Cheques should be made payable to: BANC. Please pay in Pounds Sterling and send to: Wild Ideas Event C/o dialogue matters 3 Upper Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5AF BACS transfer (internet/telephone) payments made to BANC should quote the following: Sort code 08-90-75 Account Number 50022708 Customer Reference: Surname + initials + postcode Please email to say when the payment will show in BANC’s account. No refunds will be made for cancellation less than four weeks before the event.

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