Our webinars

We have recently changed the set up for our webinars, they are free to all those who are  from member organisations of the EAI section and the link can be obtained from anita.prosser@europarc-ai.org or if you are a non-member you can book  via eventbrite and the cost will be £50 per webinar. If you would like to become a member you can further information here and also contact anita.prosser@europarc-ai.org

Latest Webinars

Update on Implementation of Glover Review – Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 12.00

The Landscapes Review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England argued that that our system of national landscapes should be a positive force for the nation’s wellbeing, and made a broad range of recommendations for working together in new ways to become more than the sum of their parts. At this event, Defra officials will outline some of the work that has been happening to implement the review since the report was published, in particular highlighting a new government project which aims to improve people’s mental health through green social prescribing.

To book please contact Anita Prosser

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Making Space for Nature -10 years on  – Tuesday 10th November at 12.00

10 years ago this month Sir John Lawton produced the Making Space for Nature Report commonly known now as the Lawton Report. The report was based on many years of work, liaising with nature conservation organisations, local government, academia, land owning, farming and business sectors. The impact was significant in policy impact, shaping both the Natural Environment White Paper and the Biodiversity 2020 strategy.
After 10 years many reports would be outdated but the Lawton report is still informing policy and being used by government. On the 10th Annivessery Sir John and the panel wrote to government recognising the impacts the report had but also how little progress had been made. You can read the letter here
In this webinar Sir John will update us on his thinking and where we should be going and the relevance to the big issues of Climate change, agriculture and biodiversity loss.

UK Peat update and Overiew of the Peatland Code 6th October 2020 at 10.00

The International Union for the Conservation on Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme will provide an overview of the Peatland Code – an innovative funding mechanism for peatland restoration. The Peatland Code is part of the new toolkit to help businesses invest in natural solutions to the environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity, helping the UK’s green recovery.

This session will discuss how the Peatland Code can work for everyone involved:

  • Carbon buyers have reassurance that they have facilitated a responsible scheme, which will result in additional climate benefits
  • Projects have recognised procedures and standards to work to, and can use their validated/verified status as a means to market the carbon benefits to potential buyers
  • Society will benefit from enhanced climate mitigation and the restoration of the natural landscape.
Heritage of Peatlands 17th September 2020 at 12.00
Peatlands offer fascinating insights into how our ancestors lived and died. Moors for the Future Partnership, perhaps better known for its environmental conservation work to protect the peatlands of the Peak District and South Pennines, is hosting this webinar to explore in more detail the human heritage of peatlands. Join our speakers as they uncover the stories that make peatlands both environmentally and historically significant, what threats our heritage face, and how best to protect these landscapes as both treasures to humanity and functioning ecosystems.

Seascape Sensitivity and Visual Buffers: Latest Approaches and Guidance Part 1: Visual buffers wednesday 1st July at 10.30

Offshore wind farms are now well established and more substantial development is in the pipeline including extensions, Crown Estate Round 3 proposals and the current Round 4 bidding areas.

Some of the proposed developments are located in areas intervisible with nationally designated landscapes.
This webinar explores current best practice and policy/decisions and focusses on the distances at which wind turbines may have a significant effects on designated, and other, coasts. This includes analysis of all available seascape and visual impact assessments and marine visibility modifiers.

Speaker: Simon White (Director, White Consultants)- main author: ‘Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment: Update of Seascape and Visual Buffer Study for Offshore Wind Farms’, BEIS, 2020.

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Part 2 – Seascape character sensitivity Tuesday 7 July 10.30am

The second part of this webinar considers seascape sensitivity- first looking at national guidance for England and moving onto an assessment of seascape sensitivity to offshore wind farms in Wales.

The guidance prepared for the Marine Management Organisation shows how to carry out an assessment of sensitivity for all types of marine development. The webinar will explore the process, principles and who can use it.

The Welsh assessment, carried out before the MMO approach, specifically considers offshore windfarms and is driven primarily by potential effects on designated landscapes. The rationale and findings will be explored.

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Links to documents mentioned in the webinar can be found here

Building Blocks Part 1 on Wednesday 10th June at 10.30

Part 1 – Find out about Moors for the Future Partnership’s ground-breaking project Building Blocks- Next Steps in Gully Blocking. Building Blocks has enabled the Partnership to map 100,000 gullies that need their attention across the damaged blanket bog of the South Pennines Special Area for Conservation. This modelling has allowed them to create a list of areas to prioritise in their work for many years to come, and ensure that resources are secured into the future for the most sensitive landscapes.

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Part 2 on Wednesday 17th June at 14.30

Part 2 – Join the Partnership team for a closer look at the technical details of the Building Blocks project. Find out how the team carried out the modelling and what processes they undertook to map the 100,000 gullies. This webinar will provide information for those who want more detail on how to carry out a project like this.

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Pennine PeatLIFE Restoration Work Review – Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 10.00

This webinar will review the peatland restoration techniques used in the Pennine PeatLIFE project and will compare and contrast those with techniques used by other organisations across the UK. The webinar will look at a range of restoration techniques and assess how successful they have been and how we can learn from experience for future projects.
Presenters will be: Alistair Lockett and Jenny Sharman – Field Officers

Links to other videos mentioned in the webinar

Upland peat bunding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLlXFPMo_ow

Heather brash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4T0Q2P_t4w

Hagg re-profiling – YPP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bcIyRs9-rg

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Stage Zero river restoration approach, design and applications taken from Oregon into a UK river context of Honlicote Estate – Tuesday 12th May 2020 at 15.00

Hear about the Stage Zero approach to river restoration it’s history,approach, design methods and applications in Oregon (USFS-RAT team) and how this was then used on the on development, planning, design and application of Stage Zero and beaver re-introduction on the Holnicote Estate in Exmoor and as seen on Countryfile.

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The Roles of Different Sphagnum Species in Bogs – Tuesday 28th April at 10.00

John O’Reilly will describe the unique features of Sphagnum plants that make them ideally suited to water storage and peat formation. We will introduce some of the key Sphagnum species that grow in bogs and describe the typical bog conditions that each is found in.

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Working with Landscape character and qualities of designated landscapes – a Development Management Perspective – Thursday 19th March 12.00

UK policy for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty calls for the conservation and enhancement of these area’s Natural Beauty and Special Qualities.

These areas are living cultural landscapes that through agriculture, forestry, tourism, heritage and energy related development sustain local communities, and in turn influence the landscape we see today.

This webinar will explore the range of development issues designated landscapes in Wales are experiencing and set to experience in response to climate change and supporting sustainable communities.  We will also look at some of the landscape planning and design solutions that can be used to seek ways of accommodating change in a way that conserves the character and qualities of a place.

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Followed by Q & A session

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Molinia Management – Thursday 27th February 2020 at 12.00 Learn from researchers and practitioners who are at the forefront of Molinia management.

As part of our MoorLIFE2020 project, we are running a webinar alongside Europarc Atlantic Isles on the subject of Molinia management. Molinia caerulea, also called purple moor grass, covers large areas of deep peat. It can dominate other blanket bog species, lowering the diversity of the bog and reducing its condition status as defined by Natural England.

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Nature and Public Health: the role of health in improving the health of a population – Thursday 5th December by Dr William Bird from Intelligent Health  will look at how nature experience directly affects our minds and well-being. From cognitive performance to intracellular metabolic changes, Dr. Bird reveals how contact with green spaces can diminish stress levels and positively correlate with a decrease of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.
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Sustainable Fisheries in Marine Protected Areas… how to make it possible? Wednesday 20th November at 12.00

The webinar will look at Fisheries assessment for management measures in Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds Marine Conservation Zone in Norfolk, UK, and will be presented by Fiona Tibbitt – Marine Lead Adviser, Natural England, and Alice Tebb – Agents of Change Project Coordinator, Marine Conservation Society

Film links within webinar:

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Waterfalls, peat pipes & gullies: hydrological restoration of challenging blanket bog sites a Pennine PeatLIFE perspective – Tuesday 10 September at 12.00

In this webinar Dr Chris Miller Pennine PeatLIFE Project Officer explores some of the challenges of restoring the hydrology of highly degraded blanket bogs including waterfalls, peat pipes, and nested gullies.  Chris talks through some of the approaches used by the Pennine PeatLIFE project to tackle these problems, and reflects on the limitations of the techniques used.

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Coastal PioneersThursday 23 May 2019 at 3 p.m.

The webinar aims to outline the ambition of Defra’s Marine Pioneer and report what has been achieved so far in the two pilot areas. It is hoped that the pilots may provide a basis for work in other coastal protected areas.

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Demonstrating UAV Use: Pennine PeatLIFE – A Progress Report – Monday 13th May 2019 at 12 noon

Following the very popular first webinar  on use of UAVs, Chris Osbourne – GIS & Remote Sensing Officer for the Pennine PeatLife project will provide an update as the use to date of UAVs used in the Pennine PeatLIFE project including lessons learned, types of data/images we have so far, and what we plan to next.

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A peatland-tailored User Guide on methods to value benefits from restoration

The webinar was on Friday 8th February at 12.00 and  presented by Marie Ferre from Leeds University. Marie who talked about a guide to help peatland restoration practitioners and anyone interested in peatlands value the socio-economic benefits of their restoration developed by The Moors For the Future Partnership (MFFP), the Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) and the University of Leeds .

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Peatland Code in PracticeThis Webinar will provide a brief introduction to the UK Peatland Code – a voluntary standard for UK peatland projects looking to market the ecosystem benefits of restoration. It will focus on the Pennine PeatLIFE’s experience of the initial stages of registering and validating two of its Yorkshire Dales sites. This has resulted in the successful registration of one of  England’s first ever Peatland Code sites.

Following the webinar on the Peatland code we have now organised a Question and Answer session with both Dr Jenny Sharman who presented the webinar and Jillian Hoy, Peatland Code Coordinator, IUCN UK Peatland Programme

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Bare Peat Restoration

Join North Pennines AONB Peatland Field Officer, Alistair Lockett, as she explains bare peat restoration techniques that have been employed across Pennine PeatLIFE sites. The webinar will explore these techniques and explain the rationale behind them. It will offer an insightful approach to the work of the Peatland Programme along with a summary of ongoing works within the Pennine PeatLIFE project.

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On Wednesday 8th August at 12.00 -13.00 The Green Halo Partnership

The Green Halo Partnership is  encouraging public, private and third sector organisations to recognise the economic and social value of the natural environment – its natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides in the New Forest National Park.

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On Tuesday 5th June at 12.00 – 13.00 Geospatial Analysis of Blanket Bog habitats utilising Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technology.

Since 2012 the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technology to survey areas of degraded blanket bog habitats. The work has been conducted across the mountains and foothills that comprise the low-rising Pennine mountain range in northern England. The high resolution imagery and Digital Surface Models (DSMs) generated from these surveys allows us to analyse and map blanket bogs in far greater detail than we previously could before.

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On Friday 4th May 12.00- 13.00 Adding fuel to the fire: the pivotal role of Fire Operations Groups (FOGs) in wildfire fighting 

This second webinar  of the two in the wildfire series showcased the power and importance of partnership work in attending wildfires, and dealing with their aftermaths. Robert Stacey from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Secretary of the Northumberland Fire Group, will talk about improving understanding of wildfires internationally. Robert’s presentation will be followed by two other speakers on the wildfire subject.

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On Thursday 26th April at 12.00 Rising from the ashes – wildfire conservation, research and prevention in the UK and beyond

Two months after the Moors for the Future Partnership started, a huge fire swept across Bleaklow moor, sending plumes of thick smoke across Greater Manchester, forcing Manchester airport to close. The fire burnt seven hectares of moorland -equivalent of 14 football or hockey pitches -killing everything in its path from vegetation to livestock. This fire epitomised the task ahead and Bleaklow became the focus of the initial restoration works. Since then, the Partnership has undertaken conservation and science work on a wide range of moorland sites across the Peak District and South Pennines that stretch from Leek in Staffordshire to the River Aire in Yorkshire. This introduction will be followed by two other speakers on the wildfire subject by the Moors for the future partnership around Wildfires

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Paul Leadbitter provided a detailed outline of the Pennine PeatLIFE project on  Thursday 8th March at 12.30

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Funded by the EU LIFE programme with match funding from Yorkshire Water, Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water and United Utilities Pennine PeatLIFE is a new restoration project working on internationally important blanket bog in northern England. The partnership led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership in conjunction with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Forest of Bowland AONB will restore 1,350 ha of degraded bog habitat over a four year period on 16 sites across northern England. Restoration will deploy a range of techniques such as gully blocking, sphagnum planting, application of seed rich brash and coir rolls. In addition to practical restoration the project will demonstrate, contribute and evaluate the most cost effective way of sphagnum establishment. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as a proxy method for monitoring vegetation change after restoration will also be demonstrated as well as showcasing the Peatland Code as a viable payment for ecosystem services (PES) approach for upland peatlands.

From ecological meltdown to community-led marine protection; the Community of Arran case study 

Monday 29th of January at 13.30 Watch here

Howard Wood (Chair of Community of Arran Seabed Trust) will talk about spearheadeding a campaign that established the first community-developed Marine Protected Area in Scotland, giving citizens a voice in a debate that has been dominated by the commercial fishing industry.

The Firth of Clyde was once known for plentiful fishing of herring, cod, haddock, and turbot. Small-scale traditional fishing provided a source of livelihood for generations of families in the Clyde and Arran, who were able to fish sustainably thanks to long-standing laws that banned practices that towed fishing gear along the seabed.

Reducing the visual impacts of major Infrastructure in the protected landscapes of England and Wales

2pm, Monday 6th February 2017

EUROPARC Atlantic Isles in partnership with National Grid are jointly hosting an open webinar to highlight the ground-breaking Visual Improvement Provision project, a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of National Grid’s existing transmission lines in protected areas across England and Wales.

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