Conservation grazing - a universal panacea

Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Torrington Square,
United Kingdom

Conservation grazing, a universal panacea?

Speaker: Clive Chatters, Head of Conservation (Policy and Evidence), Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Friday 14th March, 18.30 - 20.00

Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London

Clive Chatters studies rural environment at Wye College where he organised lectures for the Environment and Wildlife Society (EWLS). He then worked with Colin Tubbs at the Nature Conservancy Council, before joining the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust in 1989, where he's now one of the senior management team. He has worked on conservation in the New Forest. For most of his time with the Trust, he has developed and delivered its science base and policy framework. This has led to him representing the Trust in numerous settings, including public inquiries and select committees.

Conservation land managers are still discussing the implications of the debate prompted over a decade ago by Frans Vera. To what degree may grazing by large herbivores be considered an ecological 'norm' in the landscapes of our part of Europe? As practitioners we find conservation grazing comes in many forms and not all of these are under the control of conservationists. In the debate about grazing we see phrases such as 'overgrazing' or 'undergrazing', but are these concepts helpful to the practical manager? With such a wide-ranging discussion how do we know when we are getting it right?

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.

Management of wildlife habitat

Free lecture Series, Birkbeck, Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, supported by the Linnean Society of London

In a crowded island how do we make space for a diverse wildlife? Until recently, the management of wildlife habitat was by mimicking traditional economic management, in an attempt to preserve rich remnants of the past and deter alien invaders. Dissenting voices, however, argue that we can create large blocks of wilderness, where natural processes allow native species to manage themselves with minimal intervention by us. Another view is that tradition is too focussed on birds, bees and wild flowers, ignoring most other biodiversity. Yet others find value in mixtures of both native and established exotic species and argue that it's difficult and unnecessary to strive purely for natives. This series asks whether our traditional management prescriptions needs an update?