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Red Squirrels United Knowledge Fair - March 2017


Red Squirrels United Knowledge Fair 2017

Northern Ireland

Day one: Tuesday 7th March

09:30 Registration opens at Cultra Manor within the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Belfast

10:00 Morning session: Lessons from European red squirrel conservation projects

Chaired by Nick Mason, Northumberland Wildlife Trust

10.00 Welcome – Jennifer Fulton, Ulster Wildlife

10.10 RSU: a nationwide approach to red squirrel conservation – Cathleen Thomas, The Wildlife Trusts

10.30 RSU: Northern Ireland – Conor McKinney, Ulster Wildlife

11.10 Break with refreshments

11.40 Saving’s Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Mel Tonkin

12.00 European Squirrel Initiative – Andrew Kendall

12.20 USaveReds in Italy – Valentina La Morgia

13:00 Lunch & networking opportunity

14:00 Afternoon session: Sharing knowledge and best practice for red squirrel conservation

Chaired by Rachel Miller, Lancashire Wildlife Trust

14.00 Community conservation – Julie Bailey, Northern Red Squirrels

14.20 Public attitudes – Mariella Marzano, Forest Research

14.40 Trapping and control techniques – Craig Shuttleworth, Red Squirrels Trust Wales

15.00 Remote trapping technologies – Iain Evans & Paul Watson, Newcastle University

15.05 Data collection and citizen science – Aileen Mill, Newcastle University

15.20 Break with refreshments

15.50 Workshop session with Mariella Marzano and Mike Dunn, Forest Research

 Round table discussion to focus on:

  • ·         Community engagement – how to raise awareness and why
  • ·         Volunteer recruitment and motivation
  • ·         Control measure – what works where
  • ·         Squirrel biology and monitoring

17.00 End

18:30 Drinks reception at Culloden Hotel, Belfast with posters on display

19:30 Evening reception at Culloden Hotel, Belfast: celebrating national red squirrel conservation

With speaker Brian Black, former UTV environment correspondent

Day two: Wednesday 8th March

09:00 Board coach at hotel

09.30 Leave hotel and travel to Mourne Mountains

11:00 Red squirrel conservation in the Mourne mountains

  • ·         Introduction by Conor McKinney, Ulster Wildlife
  • ·         Opportunity for policy makers to meet the team in the field
  • ·         Techniques in use in the area, biosecurity and trapping
  • ·         The eradication strategy in the Mournes

A packed lunch will be provided

Return to Belfast for approximately 3pm

Conference end




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