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South West Winter Seminar 2016

Biodiversity in Urban Green Spaces – how can the ecologist’s voice be heard?

07 December 2016, Taunton

SW Winter Seminar 2017As part of our objective to promote best practice in the profession in our region, the South West Section committee wanted to organise an event to inform and inspire our members in terms of how we can influence the design and management of urban developments to achieve good outcomes for biodiversity. In combination with our annual meeting, we held a very successful seminar at the Somerset College for Arts and Technology in Taunton. Six excellent speakers covered:

  • how biodiversity can benefit from high density development
  • exemplars in biodiversity design (green roofs, green walls and SUDS)
  • mechanisms for successful management and aftercare
  • advice to secure desired outcomes from a local authority perspective.

The talks were followed by site visits to see sustainable drainage solutions at the college campus, and how community involvement has transformed a council-owned green space to create a superb community and wildlife resource.

The seminar organisers would like to extend their gratitude to the speakers and field trip leaders for helping to make it an excellent day. Speaker presentations are available below.

Author: Julian Arthur CEcol CEnv MCIEEM, SW Section Convenor

Photos: Simon Bates MCIEEM, SW Section Committee

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Delegates learning from Bob Bray about the design of rain gardens


Speaker Presentations

Urban density – maximising opportunities for biodiversity

Dr Lincoln Garland MCIEEM (Biodiversity by Design)

Green roofs and walls – habitat creation or gardening?

Gary Grant FCIEEM (Green Infrastructure Consultancy) 

Integrating SuDS with biodiversity and green space

Bob Bray (Robert Bray Associates)

Sustainable landscape management for biodiversity

Jonathan Ducker (The Land Trust)

Green Infrastructure Implementation – the sharp end realities!

Simon Bates MCIEEM (Exeter & East Devon Growth Point)

Sarah Foqué CMLI, MFA (East Devon District Council)


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