8th UK & Ireland Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference

8th UK & Ireland Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference

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£65 – £180

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Newquay Zoo

Trenance Gardens



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Newquay Zoo is proud to be hosting the 8th UK and Ireland Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference (REEC), 11th -14th September 2022.

About this event

SHAPE-UK and Ireland is the regional division of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. dedicated to furthering enrichment efforts in the UK and Ireland. The mission of REEC meetings is to provide a forum for animal carers from smaller regions of the world to meet and discuss environmental enrichment and improving captive animal welfare.

All of our meetings have been a great success. So come and join us for REEC 2022 in Newquay, for what promises to be another fantastic conference packed with keynote speakers, talks, workshops and practical builds led by Team Building with BITE, and of course some great social events.


Early bird registration for the 2022 meeting is open until the5th August at a cost of £165 per delegate. This includes:

• Pre-conference icebreaker on the evening of Sunday 11th September.

• Attendance to all three conference days and practical build sessions (including tea and coffee refreshments and lunches).

• Social event on the evening of Monday 12th September.

After the early bird deadline, the registration cost will rise to £180.

Registration will close on the 4th Septmber.

Due to venue restrictions, delegate places are limited so we strongly advise early booking to avoid disappointment.


We have also included a limited number of day ticket options. Prices reflect administration charges and individual content for each day.

MON 12th Sep - £85. This ticket cost includes:

  • Pre-conference ice-breaker on the evening of Sunday, 11 September.
  • Attendance to day one (12th Sep) of the conference, including tea breaks/lunches.
  • Practical build session led by Team Building with BITE on 12th Sep.
  • Social event on the evening of Monday, 12 September.

TUES 13th Sep - £65. This ticket cost includes:

  • Attendance to day two (Tues 13th) of the conference including tea breaks/lunches.
  • Practical build session led by Team Building with BITE on 13th Sep.

WED 14th Sep - £65. This ticket cost includes:

  • Attendance to day three (Wed 14th) of the conference including tea breaks/lunches.
  • Attendance at the workshop “Documenting and Evaluating Environmental Enrichment; overcoming barriers and providing useful resources for animal care staff” on 14th Sep.

Abstract submission

Organisers invite the submission of abstracts for the 8th REEC, for both oral and poster presentations. Both experimental and practical-based presentations are encouraged and should focus on behavioural needs and improving animal welfare. This year we will also be introducing a new ‘speed presentation’ session, this will be a great chance to introduce a new enrichment device you have trialled.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th August. All abstracts will be reviewed by the REEC committee and it is anticipated that authors will be notified of the outcome within one week of the submission deadline.

All abstract submission forms should be emailed to kathy.baker@wildplanettrust.org.uk

It is highly advised that delegates register for the conference as early as possible to reserve their place due to number limits.

Accommodation and Travel information REEC Newquay 2022


As a popular seaside town Newquay offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxurious spa hotels to cosy B&Bs, surf lodges to holiday parks. We’ve given some suggested accommodation below but any more information can be found on the accommodation provider website or through popular sites such as Booking.com or Trivago. A great option for Newquay is Air B & B, we’ve seen a range of options on their site from around £60 per night.

The following hotels/hostels are all within walking distance (30mins) of the zoo and the town centre, and we have given a rough indication of cost per night from booking.com

Palace Surf Lodge - £22 per night for a bed in a shared dormitory room

Boonkeys surf lodge - £30 per night for a bed in a shared dormitory room

OYO Godolphin Arms Hotel £57 per night for a double room

Mordon Bar and lodge £73 per night for a double room

The Glendevor £80 per night for a double room

Great Western £82 per night for a double room

Legacy Hotel Victoria £95 per night for a single room


All the travel information below can also be found on the Visit Newquay website


By Bus

Cornwall is served by several bus companies. Newquay is served by 'Transport for Cornwall' & 'First Kernow'.

To plan your journey or find a current timetable:

Transport for Cornwal: www.transportforcornwall.co.uk

First Kernow: www.firstgroup.com/cornwall

Newquay is on the North coast of Cornwall and direct bus services run to Truro, Padstow, and St Austell. The Eden project currently requires you to change at St Austell. As a rough guide, most buses to destinations further than 15miles (22km) will involve changes so for example Newquay to St Ives or Falmouth involve changing at Truro.

By Coach

Newquay is part of the National Express network and the main stop is at Newquay Bus Station on Manor Road, just off the town centre. There is a secondary stop at Porth Four Turns but this is for passengers with hand luggage only as the vehicle cannot stop long enough to open its main luggage compartment. Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre is a booking agent for National Express and we can book your ticket in the office on Marcus Hill, TR7 1BD open 7 days a week.

We now sell National Express Coachcard’s.

The Megabus coach service has a stop at Newquay bus station but this can only be booked, in advance, through their own website.

By Car

One of the most practical ways of seeing Newquay and Cornwall is by car. There are many bus services and day trips covering the county but to get around Cornwall and see the great out of the way places a car gives you that freedom. The main motorway to Cornwall is the M5 serving Exeter, Bristol and all points North whilst from London the choice is the mainly dual carriageway A303/A30 or the M4/M5 via Bristol.

From Exeter follow the A30 to Cornwall and Newquay is fully signposted from the A30.

Car parking at the Zoo

The Zoo does not have its own private car park, there is a council run car park and normal car parking charges will apply at the time of the conference.

Therefore, we suggest delegates make the most of the public transport (from Newquay bus station the number 85 and 87 Truro bound services stop outside the zoo) or make plans to car share or walk from your accommodation to the zoo.

By Train

Newquay is on its own branch line, the Par to Newquay Atlantic Coast Line. Par is the connection to the Plymouth to Penzance main line and is just outside St Austell, on the Cornish south coast. The Plymouth to Penzance mainline then connects country wide. In the Summer, normally from the end of May to the end of September, Newquay has direct trains from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland (subject to operator changes or replacements). There is a daily London service from Newquay during July and August. Great value fares can be found if you book in advance, the earlier you book the more you save.

The railway station is located in the heart of the town on Cliff Road. The train station is seasonally manned. The station does not have a automated ticket machine so when the ticket office is not open tickets can be bought either on the train or online. Branch lines from the Plymouth/Penzance main line also serve St Ives, Falmouth and Looe. St Ives can get particularly busy for traffic in the Summer so the ‘Park and Ride, 5 miles out of St Ives at Lelant Saltings, is a good option. Bus connections put other areas and attractions in Cornwall within easy reach.

By Air

Cornwall Airport Newquay is 5 miles (8km) North of Newquay and is served by the Newquay to Padstow bus service (Number 56). Newquay rail station is in the centre of Newquay. Car hire is available from Rhino Car Hire.

The international airport offers daily, all year round services from London Gatwick, Manchester and the Isles of Scilly.

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