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Monitoring biodiversity: lessons learnt

This event will showcase a range of measures used to monitor biodiversity on site with a focus on lessons learnt and delivering good practice. A series of in-depth case study presentations will be followed by a break-out workshop session which aims to stimulate an engaging discussion on how to overcome the various challenges that exist and maximise opportunities, giving wider benefits. A short consultation report from the day will support knowledge sharing across the industry.

23 March 2016
15:00 - 18:15 (Registration from 14.30)

Biodiversity enhancements, the requirements of which are laid out in national planning policy, are steadily increasing on projects and developments at a variety of scales. This upturn in delivery coincides with an increased awareness of the multiple benefits that biodiversity enhancements provide – such as climate change adaptation and mitigating impacts such as surface water runoff, noise and air pollution.

However, there is little evidence that any monitoring of these enhancements is actually being undertaken to ensure their correct implementation, maintenance and long term success.  This is despite the presence of documents such as landscape environmental management plans (LEMPs) which dictate the need to. Issues that hamper this process include; skills shortages (to implement the LEMP), the cost of long term monitoring and liability.

Why attend
This workshop will seek to:
  • Provide practical advice on monitoring biodiversity in development and the lessons learnt.
  • Highlight how monitoring biodiversity and learning lessons can provide positive scenarios for nature conservation at both local and national level.
  • Provide lessons learnt from practical case studies highlighting examples of monitoring biodiversity in both the UK and abroad.
  • Identify and encourage ways in which local government policies can help ensure monitoring biodiversity is industry standard on all new developments – provide advice on exploiting opportunities.
  • Set out measures for closer links between relevant disciplines and stakeholders for monitoring biodiversity in developments.
The overall objective is to showcase the various forms of monitoring biodiversity enhancements and what lessons/examples of good practice can be learnt.

14:30     Registration
15:00     Chair’s welcome
15:05     Buildings for biodiversity
              Sarah Beattie, Land Securities
15:20     Developing automated technology for monitoring biodiversity on site:
              challenges and lessons learnt

              Alison Fairbrass, University College London
15:35     Lessons learnt from biodiversity monitoring on road schemes -
             The success of mammal crossings and the Blackwater Valley road study,

              Suzanne Glencross , Atkins
15:50     Questions & Answers
16:00     Coffee break

16:15     Artificial rockpools for coastal structures
              Ally Evans, University of Southampton
16:30     The swifts of Fulbourn village
              Edward Mayer, Swift Conservation
16:45     Monitoring Urban Biodiversity post-construction -
              Challenges & opportunities

              Morgan Taylor, Greengage
17:00     Questions & Answers
17:10     Break-out session
18:00     Feedback, discussion & next steps

Who should attend?
Academics, asset managers, consultants, engineers, ecologists, landscape architects, urban designers and local planning authority representatives.

23 March 2016
15.00 - 18.15 (Registration from 14.30)
A networking drinks reception will follow at the end of the event.

CIRIA offices, Griffin Court
15 Long Lane, London

FREE for CIRIA Core, Associate and Network Members 
£75+ VAT for non members 

If you are unable to book online contact Patrick Williams on 020 7549 3300. Your completed booking form can be returned by post or email to Patrick Williams.

3/23/2016 2:30 PM - 6:15 PM
GMT Standard Time
CIRIA Griffin Court 15 Long Lane LONDON EC1A 9PN

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