Seminars and Visits

Latest Events

Free Members Day Seminar

Members Day Seminar – The Bell Inn, Charlbury in the Cotswolds AONB 8th May 2019

Bringing new life to protected Areasinvolving and empowering of young people in protected areas. The event will look at how different protected areas in the UK and other parts of Europe, engage young people in the life and workings of protected areas and have used the Europarc Youth Manifesto as a source of ideas and inspiration. Speakers will look at what are young people’s ideas and needs, how a board has adopted the manifesto, setting up a youth council and how other European protected areas are working with young people.

Alongside this we are aiming to have an update on the progress of the Glover Review from Defra.

If you would like to participate in this event – which has limited places and are already booking up – please contact Anita Prosser

Coastal Site Visits

Durham Heritage Coast                Tuesday 4 June                 10.30 – 16.00

Lead officer – Niall Benson, Durham Heritage Coast Officer
An opportunity to get out of the office, visit great coastal sites and meet and share experience with other EAI members. Each day will start with a short meeting, followed by a tour to look at issues and projects that are being undertaken

Main themes – history, legacy issues and opportunities, management challenges, Beach Care, HLF SeaScapes project, inshore management, democratic deficit.
The Durham Heritage Coast is a great example of how different organisations have worked together to transform an industrial landscape into a nationally recognised Heritage Coast landscape, providing a range of cultural, natural, and geological places of interest, stunning coastal views and beaches and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The Heritage Coast partnership has recently been successful in securing the first HLF marine Landscape Partnership funding which will help to deliver 30 projects set to benefit our coastal heritage, the marine environment and local communities. Through the 30 projects, the Seascapes scheme will improve access to beaches, explore the shipwrecks and habitats beneath the waves, improve biological recording through citizen science, construct a coastal conservation centre, tackle marine litter and create opportunities for local people and visitors to enjoy being on and in the sea.

Refreshments, lunch and minibus transport provided.

Start and finish at Durham railway station / Seaham, depending on delegates mode of transport.

Places are limited please contact Anita Prosser if you wish to participate in the event.

We are organising a second site visit to the Dorset Coast

Dorset AONB    

details to be confirmed but provisionally mid to late June-  10.30 – 15.30

Lead officer – Tom Munro, Dorset AONB Manager

Start and finish at Wareham. Main theme is coastal management and realignment – a proposed managed realignment project at Arne Moors and ‘accidental’ realignment elsewhere.

Food and transport arrangements to be finalised but again anyone staying overnight will need to arrange their own accommodation.

Places are limited please contact Anita Prosser if you interested in this event.

Past Events

New Ways of Funding Protected areas

In the present financial climate all those involved in protected areas are having to look at new ways of funding their activities and developments.  This Europarc Atlantic Isles (EAI) event explored how we can work together and with new partners to find new income sources. The event  challenged our thinking about generating income.The event also looked at how we can continue to work and share learning and experiences with the wider Europarc family and continue active involvement in the Europarc Federation prior to the federations General Assembly and elections

Presentations were made by:


Professor Lynn Crowe

Andrew Denton CEO of Outdoor Industries Association

Mark Holroyd – Board member of National Parks Partnership

In the afternoon Anita Prosser preseneted the work of Europarc Atlantic Isles and the Federation

Notes from the meeting will follow soon

Previous seminars

Our previous training seminar was’The Uses of Apps and New Media in Protected Landscapes

The day started with Karen Griffiths from the Yorkshire Dales National Park presenting an exciting overview of the park’s work in developing smartphone apps.

This was followed by a lively presentation from Anneleen Mengels in the Hoge Kempen Nationaal Park in Belgium examining the subject of digital payback.

Jan Wildefeld from EUROPARC Deutschland demonstrated superbly how web technology is being used to interest children in the work of protected areas and park rangers. The first part of his presentation can be found here.

Sarah West of the Stockholm Environment Institute, York, gave an inspiring outline of many tools in the field of citizen science relevant to conservation.

These presentations were followed up in workshops enabling participants to explore possibilities in greater depth:

Richard Hammond of Greentraveller gave insights into the use of video and social media to promote sustainable tourism in protected landscapes. (Link to be added)

Dan Boys of Audiotrails led a group through the steps of producing a smartphone app in the field of heritage interpretation. You can also test your apps knowledge with Dan’s smartphone quiz.

David Aanensen of Imperial College, London demonstrated the uses of EpiCollect as a model for data gathering in biodiversity and other fields. (Link to be added)

Protect and Prosper – Optimising the economic benefits of designated landscapes’, held in Oxford on 10 February 2011.

  • Seminar Report can be accessed here.

The presentations of the four keynote speakers can also be downloaded:

Managing Landscapes: more outcomes, less outputs?, Edinburgh, 3-4 November 2009

Seminar report

 

Naturally Better – how protected landscapes can help deliver health and wellbeing outcomes, Wallingford, 26 March 2009

Seminar report

 

Presentations available:

Charlie Foster (Senior Researcher, University of Oxford), Green Space, physical activity and public health

Claus Jespersen (Director of Regional Office, Danish Forest and Nature Agency), Nature as an attractive sector for the preventative health sector.

Thomas Classen (Bielefeld School of Public Health), Nature conservation and preventative health protection in Germany – a strong partnership?

 

Beyond Boundaries – protected areas, cities and the European Landscape Convention, London, 26-27 January 2009

Seminar report

 

Making sustainable tourism a foundation of the rural economy, Belfast, 23-24 October 2008

Seminar report

 

Protected Areas in the 21st Century – what does the future hold? Cardiff, 27-28 March 2008

Seminar report

 

Community Engagement and Protected Areas: what works, and what you need to do, Newcastle, 1-2 November 2007

Presentations available on request.

 

Climate Change and Protected Areas, Kings College, Cambridge, March 2007

Click here for the summary.

 

Renewable energy in protected areas with a European perspective, Bath, 31 January – 1 February 2006

Seminar report