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Ecology and the Historic Environment: Conflicts and Consensus

Midlands Section Conference 2016

12 October 2016, Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Sixty people gathered in the stunning surroundings of Calke Abbey for this conference. Talks included a look at the management of veteran trees, ornamental lakes, deer parks and church bats, along with case studies on Moccas Park and Coombe Country Park. The challenges inherent in managing a heritage landscape demonstrated the value of a robust Conservation Management Plan to aid in conflict resolution.

Donning boots and waterproofs, the afternoon workshops took delegates out to see some of these principles in action on the Calke estate and a few autumn showers were soon forgotten over tea and homemade cakes back at the barn. An enjoyable and informative day.

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The Riding School

Delegates gathered at Clake's Abbey's historic Riding School.


Betty's Pond

Carl Hawke talking about changes at Betty's Pond.


Bats in Churches

Charlotte Packman talking about bats in historic buildings.


Surveying for inverterbrates

Jon Webb discusses invertebrate surveying equipment.


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