Sharing Good Practice: Joining up nature in practice - making ecological coherence a reality

Wester Dam

Battleby near Perth

Where would improving habitats provide most value to people and wildlife? Ecological coherence was the key to finding out at this successful event. Summary Proceedings are available here. Presentations and case studies are listed below.

The EcoCo Project led this event and has been applying an 'ecological coherence' concept to identifying and delivering habitat improvement works on sites across central Scotland. The EcoCo approach targets habitat creation in a way that maximises delivery of policy objectives relating to; biodiversity, land use, green infrastructure and climate change and considers habitat connectivity, species dispersal and migration, habitat and species resilience, species diversity and ecosystem function.

Other landscape scale strategic projects have applied different methods and models to target interventions for habitat connectivity and biodiversity improvements. EcoCo is using habitat networks and ecosystem services (Ecoserv-GIS) modelling in its approach to identify the best places to work to provide greatest value for people and wildlife.

Participants learned about the EcoCo project and the background to the meaning of "ecological coherence", engaged with other projects' work through sharing and discussion on approaches that have applied similar strategic thinking to delivering habitat management, and contributed to lively discussion on different approaches to landscape-scale conservation.


Presentation 1 - Jonathan Porter, International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK) - "Why Landscape Scale Conservation?"

Presentation 2 - Brian McDonald, Natural England - "Nature Improvement Areas"

Presentation 3 - Paul Sizeland, SNH - "Ecological coherence in practice - models, maps and matrices"

Presentation workshop B - Craig Macadam, Buglife - Habitat networks - a Buglife example

Case Study Posters

Amy Gove - Scottish Water - Assessing peatland integrity

Darren Moseley -  Forest Research - Modelling and mapping ecological connectivity

Doug shapley - RSPB - Targeting Atlantic woodlands conservation

Hugh Chalmers -Tweed Forum - Eddlestone Water

Ian MacKenzie - SWT Edinburgh pollinator pledge

Neville Makan - SNH - Carse of Stirling Project

Scott Shanks - Buglife - Slamannan Peat Restoration Project

Shona McConnell - SEPA - Catchment scale restoration