Cornwall AONB Annual Conference 2017 - is now fully booked!

'Working in Partnership for Nature'

Saturday 20 May 2017 - Goonhilly Earth Station, The Lizard, Cornwall.

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With just over 100 delegates booked to attend, the Annual Conference is now fully booked. Our 'reserves list' is also now full as well.  Apologies for any disappointment.  We will post info, presentations, photos etc of the day's proceedings after the event on here.


The theme of this year's conference is 'Working in Partnership for Nature' and is a key event in a season of events to celebrate the extension of the Lizard National Nature Reserve. We are delighted to announce that this year's keynote speakers will be, 

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General, The National Trust

Matthew Thomson, Co-Chair, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership and Chief Executive, Fifteen Cornwall

The conference will be opened by Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, owner of the Trelowarren Estate.

The day will highlight the plight of nature but will focus on the positive action that is happening in Cornwall to restore biodiversity and what more can be done,  through the joint action of conservation organisations and local volunteers. 

Over the past 5 years, the National Trust, Natural England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, The Cornwall AONB Unit, and the National Farmers Union have come together on the Lizard under the banner 'Linking the Lizard Partnership'. One of the major successes of the Partnership is the extension by Natural England of the Lizard NNR through the addition of Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Trust land holdings to create the largest National Nature Reserve (NNR) in the South West.

The conference will take place at Goonhilly Earth Station, located right in the heart of the NNR. In the afternoon, you will be heading out on a number of fascinating field trips to explore the work taking place across the Lizard to build a better future for wildlife. Of course this will also give us a chance to drink in the amazing landscapes of the AONB on the Lizard Peninsula.

Later in the day, there will be some quick-fire plenary talks from a variety of organisations and people who are all working their socks off for nature.

We'll round of the day in fine Cornish style with some pasties for tea accompanied by the rambunctious Cadgwith Singers!



09.30 - 10.00  Registration, tea and coffee


Welcome and introduction - Dr Robert Kirby-Harris, Chairman, Cornwall AONB Partnership

 Opening remarks - Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, Trelowarren Estate 

'The National Trust - Working in Partnership for Nature' – Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General, The National Trust

'environmental growth and the local nature partnership' - MATTHEW THOMSON, CO-CHAIR, CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY LOCAL NATURE PARTNERSHIP AND chief exec, fifteen cornwall 

Nature in the AONB - Stories from our year - Colette Beckham, Cornwall AONB Partnership Manager

Questions and Answers Session


12.15   Locally Sourced Lunch 

Planning Surgery* - during lunch delegates can speak to Jim Wood, Cornwall AONB Planning Officer about local planning issues max 5 mins per delegate (*prior booking essential)

Tour of Goonhilly Earth Station* – (NOW FULLY BOOKED) during lunch delegates can book on a short guided tour of Goonhilly Earth Station, led by Shaun Richardson, Goonhilly Estate Manager.  An interesting and informative tour of the work taking place at the Earth Station and will include walking outside around the estate (*prior booking essential - now fully booked)

1.15  Afternoon

Field trips and indoor workshop sessions.  Delegates will attend ONE of the following field trips or indoor activities (prior booking essential - see booking form)

Delegates to attend ONE of the following:

1  Conservation grazing on the National Nature Reserve (NNR) in partnership with our farmers - Kynance.  Leader: Justin Whitehouse, The National Trust.  Field trip – off site to Kynance via bus.  Walking ability: Moderate

2  Farms for AONBees Project - working with land managers, advisors and farmers to produce tailor-made, pollinator friendly management recommendations to enhance the Cornish landscape for conservation and food and drink production.  Leader: Dr Grace Twiston-Davies, University of Exeter (Penryn campus) and Cornwall AONB.  Indoor activity (may include possible field trip to nearby farm).  Walking ability: Easy

3  Windmill Farm - part of the National Nature Reserve thanks to Partnership working.  Leader: Callum Deveney, Head of Nature Reserves, Cornwall Wildlife Trust.  Field trip - off site to Windmill Farm via bus.  Walking ability: Easy

4  Provoke The Picturesque - Photographic Workshop.  Walking and talking, using digital SLR camera, digital camera or iPhone camera.  A short walk around the local vicinity i.e. the paths next to the World War II radio stations and undertaking two specific visual arts tasks.  Leader: Andy Hughes, Photographer.  Please bring YOUR OWN: DSLR camera (with SD card) or a digital camera (with SD card) or an iPhone (no other phones please).  Outdoors walking on-site at Goonhilly Earth Station.  Walking ability: Easy

5  The Biodiversity of the Lizard National Nature Reserve (NNR).  Leader: Phil Bowler, Senior Reserves Manager, Natural England.  Field trip – off site.  Walking ability: Moderate

6  Working in partnership for two of Cornwall's speciality species; Cornish choughs and Atlantic Grey seals – walk and talk including the invaluable input of volunteers in these projects and will hopefully include opportunities to see choughs and seals.  Leaders: Catherine Lee, Community and Volunteering Officer, The National Trust; Sue Sayer, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and Nicola Shanks, RSPB.  Field trip to Lizard Point – off site via bus.  Walking ability: Easy/Moderate

3.30     Tea and Coffee at Goonhilly Earth Station

3.45     Plenary talks

Wild Lizard – Promoting the Lizard as a destination for nature, -  Sandy Pulfrey of The Hen House and "Welcome to Wild Lizard" Committee

Working together to protect our shores, - Sue Scott, Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area

The ESI and AONB - acronyms working together in Partnership - Prof Juliet Osborne, Director, Environment & Sustainability Institute/University of Exeter

4.15     Chairman’s closing remarks

4.25     Cadgwith Singers and Pasties for tea

5.00     Depart

Places on this conference are limited and it is now fully booked

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