Managing Grasslands for Breeding Farmland Waders in the Wider Countryside

Summary

The first section of webinar will outline the habitat requirements of the five main species of waders breeding on agricultural land in the UK: curlew, lapwing, redshank, snipe and oystercatcher. For wader populations to thrive and sustain good levels of productivity they need breeding sites with the right aspect, appropriate sward structures, accessible feeding grounds, protection from farming operations and, in some cases, increased protection from predators.

The second section will focus much more on the practical delivery of habitat improvement measures, including grazing management, understanding stocking densities and livestock units, rush management, scrape creation, soil management to increase food supply, timing of agricultural operations and reducing the impacts of predators.

Also included in the talk will be information on the current conservation status of breeding farmland waders in the UK, and mechanisms for delivering wader management in the wider countryside e.g. the benefits of landscape scale partnerships, funding streams and advisory support.

Description

This webinar will be presented by Bridget England MCIEEM from Peewit Potential Wildlife Consultancy. Bridget has over fifteen years’ of experience in conservation. Now working freelance as an ecological consultant, she spent over a decade with the RSPB leading on landscape scale initiatives for breeding waders. That work included facilitating survey and monitoring programmes, habitat assessments, organising and supervising on-the ground delivery of habitat improvement measures, developing advisory materials, policy work and running workshops and training events.

Peewit Potential Wildlife Consultancy, specialises in surveying and managing for wildlife on large and small-scale agricultural units (from 1 ha to 10,000 ha), on grasslands, peatlands, wetlands and moorlands, and collaborates closely with NGOs and other independent consultants.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Group Booking Information

The group booking option is available for CIEEM members to purchase. This allows you to share the booking with up to 5 people (the remaining 4 attendees can either be members or non members). 

Please only select one group booking ticket when going through the booking process and then email the names and email addresses of those in your booking to: webinar@cieem.net. 

Tickets

Tickets Person(s) Price
Group Bookings (Members only) 1 £25.00
Member Ticket 1 £10.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £20.00