To be held again at Wherstead Park on Sat Feb 29th 2020
Tickets should be available to buy on the door
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‘On the Verge of Success’ will be a national conference with the aim of sharing best practice on the management of roadside verges. There is increasing interest in these fragments of semi-natural grassland and their potential role as corridors for ecological networking. This will be an opportunity to find out more about some of the pioneering work happening in counties like Lincolnshire and Dorset, in adopting new technologies and county-wide’ wildlife verge management practices, which both benefit wildlife and save money..

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 09:30  Arrival and registration
(Tea and coffee available to buy from café)

 10:00  Welcome and introduction to the day
Martin Sanford, chair of Suffolk Naturalists’ Society

 10:10  Plantlife’s road verge campaign:
 Transforming the way the UK’s verges are managed

 Kate Petty Road Verge Campaign Manager

 10.45  Hazel Dormice on road verges
 Ian White, People’s Trust for Endangered Species

 10:55  Buglife, B-Lines and Road verges
 Catherine Jones Pollinator Officer

 11.30  Suffolk County Council
 Parish Roadside Nature Reserve Pilots

 Holly Emmens, Cllr Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council

 11:40 approx  Tea and coffee (provided)

 12.05  On the verge of change: Managing Norfolk’s highways in an age of austerity
 David White & Ed Stocker, Norfolk County Council, Natural Environment Team

 12.15  Highways for Wildlife
 Defending and extending the UK’s
 road verge network for biodiversity

 Mark Schofield, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

 12:50 approx  Lunch – a range of options is available from the café, including Gluten free, or bring your own

 13.35  Introduction to afternoon sessions

 13:45  Creating new verges of value to wildlife
 the importance of soil fertility or lack of it

 Phil Sterling, Butterfly Conservation

 14.20  Verge grass to fuel – a possibility to make conservation pay?
 Nick Cheffins, Peakhill Associates

 14.40  Enhancing biodiversity along the strategic road network
 Leonardo Gubert, (Senior Ecologist) Highways England

 15:15 approx  Tea and coffee (provided)

 15:45  Questions and Discussion with The Panel

 16:40  Close of conference

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