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‘Ministry of Defence Large Scale Conservation, including coastal and climate change issues’

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The MOD estate supports the largest area of SSSIs and internationally designated sites of any other terrestrial landowner in the UK. Regular ‘damage’ from tanks and bombing, as well as areas hardly influenced by human activities are essential at maintaining their conservation value


Tanks, planes, bombs and biodiversity offer an obvious contradiction in terms. Yet the MOD estate supports the largest area of SSSIs and internationally designated sites of any other terrestrial landowner in the UK. Indeed the MOD has protected many large areas from the agricultural intensification affecting much of the pre-WW2 UK countryside elsewhere. More importantly many of these training areas cover vast areas offering a challenge to conservation land managers when most conservation experience is based small highly fragmented sites. This lecture focuses on key MOD sites managed on a landscape scale where regular ‘damage’ from tanks and bombing, as well as areas hardly influenced by human activities are essential at maintaining their conservation value. The speaker will also discuss issues associated with dynamic coastal sites and the influence of climate change on the approach to land management at the landscape level.

Ian Davidson-Watts is the Head of Natural Environment within the MOD agency Defence Estates. Ian studied Conservation Management at Sparsholt Agricultural College, Hampshire and is currently finalizing a part time PhD on the ecological differences of UK pipistrelle bat species. Following graduation he joined English Nature during the mid nineties and specialized in protected species and river sites of special scientific interest. He joined Defence Estates in 2001 and leads a team of ecologists delivering a wide range of work on one the most significant estates for wildlife in the UK and overseas.


Speaker(s):

Dr Ian Davidson-Watts | talks

 

Date and Time:

20 October 2006 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HX
020 7679 1069
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/ce/environment/ecssociety/index.shtml
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Organised by:

Ecology and Conservation Studies Society
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For any queries, please contact e-mail: wright@britishlibrary.net; tel: 020 7485 7903,
or contact e-mail: a.inniss@bbk.ac.uk; tel: 020 7679 1069

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