TWIC Spring Conference: Biodiversity Matters

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



McSence Conference Centre

32 Sycamore Rd


EH22 5TA

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description


TWIC logo

The TWIC Spring Conference is a chance for recorders to get together at the start of season, to share news and to enjoy an interesting programme of talks. This time our programme is centred around key themes in the new Midlothian Local Biodiversity Action Plan, such as pollinators, people and nature, wildlife corridors, homes for wildlife and protected sites. The conference is free to attend and includes buffet lunch, but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. If you would like to promote your own survey or recording initative at the conference, please indicate you would like a display space on your registration form.

A draft programme is included below.

Deadline for booking is midnight, Sunday 21 April 2019.

Cover photo by David Palmar



10:00: Registration and coffee/tea

10:30: Welcome and introduction - Grant Ballantine (Midlothian Council)

10:40: Midlothian Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2019 – 2024 - Emma Hay (Midlothian Council)

11:10: The Pentland Hills Regional Park - What makes it a special place? - Jenny Hargreaves (Natural Heritage Service, City of Edinburgh Council)

11:50: Comfort break

12:10: Scottish Native Honey Bee Conservation - John Durkacz (Scottish Native Honey Bee Society)

12:40: Introducing the Scottish Borders Brown Hare Survey - Natalie Harmsworth (TWIC)

13:00: Buffet lunch - Please take the opportunity to look at the displays and purchase any raffle tickets.

14:00: Greener Greenways – Supporting & recording wildlife on the National Cycle Network - Lenka Sukenikova (Sustrans)

14:30: Next Generation Conservation – The Power of Young Voices in Saving Nature - Isla Hodgson (A Focus on Nature – The Youth Nature Network)

15:00: Tea/coffee break. Note raffle prizes will be available to be claimed at tea break and conference end.

15:25: Bats and Buildings: From Facts to Myths - Lindsay Mackinlay (Parnassus Ecology)

16:05: Summing up - Wilma Harper (TWIC Director)

16:15: Conference ends


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public transport

The nearest train station is Newtongrange station. Lothian bus no. 33 connects the venue with the train station.

Lothian bus numbers 33 and 3 connect Mayfield with Edinburgh city centre. Visit the Lothian buses website for more information:

Car parking

Free car parking is available at the venue.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring cash if you would like to purchase raffle tickets or your cheque book if you would like to become a TWIC member.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email or phone 01875 825968.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a list of delegates on reception desk.

Share with friends

Date and Time


McSence Conference Centre

32 Sycamore Rd


EH22 5TA

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved