Events

2017

Several more NAM events will be run in the Spring of 2017.  These will continue to have a species-focus theme, to highlight how minerals restoration and land management can provide a vital lifeline to threatened all-nature species.

The first of these events will run on 28 February at RSPB Ouse Fen in Cambridgeshire, a former Hanson site which is in the process of being progressively restored to create Britain’s biggest reedbed, supporting the likes of bittern, bearded tits, water vole, otter and marsh harrier in the process.

To reserve a place on this event, please complete a Booking Form here and send it in to us.  Limited spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any queries relating to our planned events programme or to discuss your bespoke training requirements, please contact the NAM Events Officer direct on 01767 693588.

EVENT: Invertebrate & Early Pioneer Species Conservation through Heathland Creation

Date:  04 April 2017

Location:  Binnegar Quarry, Wareham, Dorset

AGENDA

The event ‘Invertebrate & Early Pioneer Species Conservation through Heathland Creation’ continues our focus on the species which are set to benefit from the right sort of priority habitat creation in the right places.  In particular, we will be considering the species which can thrive during the successional stages of priority heathland habitat creation, as in this corner of Dorset, so important for remaining strands of this fast-disappearing habitat.

The day includes a visit to Binnegar quarry along the Puddletown Road area of minerals extraction, just outside Wareham.

This site visit follows an indoor morning session at a venue close to the quarry, with speakers from Raymond Brown, Dorset County Council, RSPB and NAM, showcasing how so many species can be present during the successional stages of a site’s restoration objective.

To reserve a place on this event, please complete a Booking Form here.

EVENT: Providing national white-clawed crayfish havens through minerals restoration

At this event – ‘Providing white-clawed crayfish havens through minerals restoration’ – we will be considering the potential restored mineral sites could represent for providing vital havens across the landscape for our embattled native white-clawed crayfish, as they struggle to hold their own against the invasive, non-native signal crayfish.

We are delighted to be making a return visit to Threshfield Quarry, near Skipton, in North Yorkshire to learn about the work which has been undertaken at the quarry, in an effort to create a refuge for white-clawed crayfish on site.

We will also look forward to hearing about the input from white-clawed crayfish experts, statutory bodies and ecologists, as they worked to establish a colony for the species, in this part of North Yorkshire.

To reserve a place on this event, please complete a Booking Form here.

2016

A new series of Autumn events from NAM will be focusing on priority species conservation through the appropriate and sustainable restoration and management of minerals sites, for biodiversity gain.

From bumblebees and bats, to fast-declining bird species, mineral site management and restoration is and can do much to help alleviate pressure on embattled species within the wider landscape.

Please find further information relating to these events here and a Booking Form to reserve your place, here.

We are very pleased to be visiting a number of new locations for this series of events and are most grateful to all parties for their co-operation in welcoming us to their sites and their assistance in helping to showcase work being undertaken to enhance biodiversity across the countryside.

As a bonus, there is also the potential to take part in an early-evening bat walk, following the event at Panshanger Park in Hertfordshire.  Please let us know if you are interested in this option at the time of booking and we will send you further details relating to this extra activity.

We hope as many minerals stakeholders as possible can join us at any number of these events and we would urge you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as limited places are available on a first-come, first-served basisSimply contact us first to reserve a place, as detailed on the Booking Form.

These events will be followed by a further number of events planned for Spring 2017.  We will keep you posted!

Meanwhile, for any queries relating to our planned events programme or to discuss your bespoke training requirements, please contact the NAM Events Officer direct on 01767 693588.

EVENT: Bumblebee conservation on mineral sites within the wider landscape

Date:         21 September 2016 (1 day event inc site visit)

Location:  Torr Quarry, Somerset

AGENDA

From the big to the small, appropriate biodiversity-led minerals restoration can help support and recover species across the board. In this event, we will consider how land management and restoration on sites within the Mendip Hills could throw a lifeline to endangered bumblebee species.

EVENT: Bats and more on the urban fringe

Date:         29 September 2016 (1 day event inc site visit)

Location:  Panshanger Park, Hertfordshire 

 

As restoration at Panshanger Park takes place on an ongoing basis, Brown Long-eared, Common and Soprano Pipistrelle are some of the species to benefit at this site located to the north of the London conurbation, affording increasing access for local communities to enjoy. *Option for early evening Bat Walk. Please advise interest at time of booking and details will be forwarded*

EVENT: Retaining the scrub for willow tits

Date:         06 October 2016 (1 day event inc site visit)

Location:  Willington Gravel Pits, Derbyshire

AGENDA

Willow tit presentation – Carl Cornish, Conservation Officer, RSPB

With numbers in fast decline, we will be looking at conditions required and measures which could be adopted on restored mineral sites to help safeguard the future of this endangered species.

EVENT: Wetlands for waders and windows for people

Date:         26 October 2016 (1 day event inc site visit)

Location:  Nosterfield Local Nature Reserve, N. Yorks

AGENDA

RSPB – Wet Grassland Design & Creation for Wildlife

Nosterfield LNR – Benefits for People & Wildlife

With the creation and management of priority wet grassland habitat and open water at this North Yorkshire site, wading species are not the only ones to benefit from this wildlife oasis. Join us to see how people are also reaping rewards from the opportunity to access nature on their doorstep.

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A series of 9 regional events, focussing on planning-related matters, were run to consider the potential for the strategic planning of priority habitat creation on mineral sites, across the landscape, under the Minerals Development Frameworks (MDF), which were newly emerging at the time.  A total of 350 minerals stakeholders joined in with these events and engaged in the discussion around minerals planning for biodiversity gain, providing valuable feedback and input to the development of the Nature After Minerals programme and its objectives .

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