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Farming and Biodiversity in Scotland – An Essential Partnership

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Brunton Hall Ladywell Way


EH21 6AF

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The TWIC Spring Conference is a chance for individuals from across the region to join together at the start of the recording season to share news and to enjoy an interesting programme of talks. This year's theme focuses on farmland biodiversity and talks will highlight the diversity of wildlife found on farmland - from soil organisms through to wildflowers, birds and mammals - and how this interest can be managed. There will also be two talks from previous speakers to update us on their projects. Everyone welcome.


10:00: Registration and coffee/tea

10:30: Welcome and Introduction - Graeme Wilson (TWIC Manager)

10:45: Complex Soil Communities: Why should we care and how can we use them? - Dr Tim Daniell (University of Sheffield/ The James Hutton Institute)

11:25: Arable Weeds – A Disappearing Problem? - Luke Gaskell (Kittyfield Farm and Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland recorder)

12:05: Tea/coffee

12:20: The PARTRIDGE Project: Grey Partridge Conservation in the EU and Scotland - Fiona Torrance (The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust)

13:00: Buffet lunch - Supported by Caledonian Conservation Ltd.

14:00: Managing Farmland for Biodiversity: A Land Manager’s View - Teyl de Bordes (Whitmuir Farm, near Selkirk)

14:40: Building Biodiversity into Decision Making for Farmers - Dr John Kerr (Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture)

15:20: Comfort break

15:40: Great Crested Newt Detectives Project 1 year on - Pete Minting (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust)

16:00: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Alexa Seagrave (Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project Officer – South Scotland)

16:20: Summing up - Ian Young (TWIC Director)

16:30: Conference ends


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If you would like to bring a poster, pop-up or table top display for your organisation please contact, letting us know what you would like to bring and the space required and we will confirm if this can be accommodated. There will be limited space in the venue for displays, so space will be prioritised for speakers and sponsor.

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What can I bring into the event?

Entrance is free, but there may be a few items to purchase so please bring cash or your cheque book if you would like to sign up for TWIC membership.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Phone 01875 825968 or email

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