Will be held at Wherstead Park again on Sat Feb 29th 2020

Conference 2020 will highlight & discuss the importance for wildlife of our Roadside Verges.
Now in advanced stages of planning, this page will be updated very shortly with more information, prices and links to buy tickets via PayPal. Full details of the Conference Program
will shortly be added below as they are finalised.

Pre booked tickets will only be available on line from this website
Keep an eye on the news links atop every page to be first in the queue.
Members get discounted tickets, but you will be able to join and buy a ticket at the same time.

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And why not click HERE to see details and video of our last two conferences
and get a feel for what our conferences held in 2014 & 2016 were like.


 The programme below is only a draft, so please visit again to check for any ammendments and do book your tickets once the link appears at the top of this page..

 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  Norfolk verges
 Ed Stocker, Norfolk County Council (TBC) and
 Sam Brown, Norfolk Wildlife Trust

 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 in East Anglia
 Rachel Thomas, 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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