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Reporting back on the successful GAP and DWT Conference

News Date: 28.09.2009

Reporting back on the successful Exeter Conference

GAP is delighted with the positive feedback from its three day conference on Re-connecting Fragmented Landscapes held at Exeter University from 22nd -24th September. 

Panel of Speakers Day 1

Co-hosted with Devon Wildlife Trust who organised an excellent choice of five local field trips, the conference programme also included twenty one speakers, four fringe meetings and some lively discussion.

Presentations covered topics ranging from soil conservation to water catchment management and the role of native breeds of grazing animals. Landscape scale conservation work on Devon’s Culm grasslands was highlighted as was work being undertaken in Wales, Lincolnshire and Germany.

Fowlescombe Farm Field Trip

One strong message that arose from the conference was that it was not just habitat that was fragmented but also the advice and information being made available to farmers by a myriad of statutory agencies and voluntary organisations. The need for an ‘honest broker’ to draw this all together in one place was stressed.

A role for GAP surely?

The proceedings are now available to download from the Publications section of the website.