This will be the fifth in a series of conferences the AAB has organised on Vegetation Management since 1992. There have been a number of significant changes since the previous conference held in 2007. These include the failure to achieve targets to halt biodiversity loss by 2010, increased awareness of climate change impacts, growing concerns over the declines in pollinators, the rising popularity of "sustainability" and "ecosystem services", and continued grant schemes for farmers based on the environment rather than on production.
An increasing number of challenges face those involved with vegetation management. These include:
• Pressure from development and urbanisation
• The need to adapt to climate change and climate extremes
• Continued biodiversity loss
• Resolving recreation and conservation
• Restoration and enhancement
• Invasive species
• Plant-soil interactions
• Cultural landscapes
We invited offers of papers and posters in areas associated with Vegetation Management in its widest sense. For example, in woodland and forestry, grassland, heathland, wetlands, coastal zones, forest nurseries, weed control, urban, roadside, riparian areas, amenity areas, nature reserves and so on. We welcome contributions on habitat management, restoration, translocation and management for invertebrates and for climate change. We are keen to encourage participation among postgraduate students and will be offering a prize for best student platform presentation and poster.
Papers will be published in the Aspects of Applied Biology series, which will be available to delegates at the conference.
A programme/booking form can be downloaded opposite.
This conference has been awarded 12 BASIS points - 10E and 2PD