Marine Conference 2014

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Tue, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Cumbria Wildlife Trust's second marine conference will be held at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on Tuesday 8th April 2014.

Expert speakers, including multi-award winning camera man Doug Allan, will inspire us with talks about the diversity of life that can be found on our shores, an update on Marine Conservation Zones and the impacts and benefits of offshore wind farms. The conference will also explore how to engage and inspire people about the Irish Sea, with information about The North West Wildlife Trust's plans for future work.

The sessions will provide something for everyone - from novices to life-long lovers of marine wildlife.

Tickets are £25 adults, £15 students. Price includes refreshments, buffet lunch and delegate pack.

Book your place online or telephone 01539 816300.


9:00am Registration with welcome drinks

After registering, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and take a look around the exhibits before taking your seats for the welcome address.

9:30am Welcome address

 Dr Anne Powell, Chair of Trustees for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, will introduce our Chairman for the day, David Sharrod, Trustee for Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Living Seas’ ambassador. Our Chairman will set the scene for the day and introduce our first speaker.

9:45am Inspiring the Nation

 “Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug” – Sir David Attenborough

As a multi-award winning cameraman (BBC’s Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Ocean Giants, Wild Cameramen at Work), Doug has spent his career immersed in the marine environment, filming some of nature’s most fascinating marine species. Doug will talk to us about how his work as a wildlife cameraman and photographer helps to enthuse and inspire people about our marine environment

10:30am Prospects for the Irish Sea

Sir Martin Holdgate, Trustee for Cumbria Wildlife Trust and former Chief Environment Scientist to the UK Department of the Environment, will present on the riches of the Irish Sea and the threats it currently faces, emphasisng a science-based approach to conservation. 

11:00am Tea and coffee

Enjoy a break with tea and coffee

11:30am Marine Conservation Zones

David Harpley, Cumbria Wildlife Trusts Conservation Manager, will provide an update on the ongoing process of designating Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in the Irish Sea. Laurence Browning, Natural England, will outline Allonby Bay as a case study and will make the case for whether or not it should be designated in the next tranche. 

12:00pm Wind farm development in the Irish Sea

Bronagh Byrne, Environment & Consents Manager at DONG Energy will look at the value of environmental monitoring to the offshore wind industry and discuss how approaches to environmental monitoring are being improved

12:30pm Lunch

A buffet lunch will be served in the Terrace Bar. The seating is ‘casual’ so do please stroll around and find a place to make yourselves comfortable.

1:30pm Translating and Communicating Marine Science

Dr. Tavis Potts, of the Scottish Association for Marine Science, talks to us about the translating science into policy, public marine perspectives and marine communication. 

2:00pm Communicating Marine to the Wider Public

Aligning messages with values. Karen Mitchell will look at public research carried out by Natural England on the difficulties of communicating with different cohorts of the general public on marine matters.

2:45pm Tea, coffee and scones

Our final refreshment break of the day in the Terrace Bar and your final opportunity to browse the exhibits on display.

3:15pm People, Planning and the Opportunities to Make a Difference

Dr. Bob Earll will share his knowledge of marine planning in and around the Irish Sea, including fisheries biodiversity and 'society'. What role can we, the public, play?

3:45pm Parallel sessions

  1. Student session – hear about ways to increase your experience within the marine conservation field from recent Wildlife Trust trainees. Also presenting will be a member of staff from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, which supports organisations offering traineeships such as our own very successful Marine Graduate Training Scheme.
  2. Celtic Seas Partnership – this partnership brings together stakeholders from across the Irish Sea in order to work together addressing the need for healthy, sustainably managed seas. Hear about their work to date and plans for the future of the project from Caroline Salthouse, North West England’s Stakeholder Engagement Officer.
  3. Acoustics & Vibrations of Marine Renewables- Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd will share their expertise in this field and discuss their latest research on the noise effects of operational offshore wind turbines on marine species that commonly occur in the Irish Sea.

4:30pm Closing remarks

Our conference Chairman, David Sharrod, will round things up for us and offer final thoughts after the day. What are our conclusions? What have we learnt and what actions should we take to ensure a healthy future for the Irish Sea? Summing up the importance of conserving the biodiversity and beauty of our Irish Sea and its marine life, and how we can go about this. Speaker TBC.


Book your place online or telephone 01539 816300.

Venue location

Netherwood Hotel,
Grange over Sands,
LA11 6ET

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Tuesday 8th April 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm
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Suggested donation: £25 adults; £15 students
Suitable for 18+ years
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Netherwood Hotel,
Grange over Sands,
LA11 6ET
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