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Summary of UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference 2023

Urgency, Innovation and Collaboration for Lakes, Lochs & Wetlands

The Seven Lochs Partnership hosted the 2023 UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference in Glasgow on 10th and 11th October.

Over two days delegates experienced a trio of thought provoking site visits in the Seven Lochs Wetland Park and Strathclyde Country Park, and received a series of papers which provided:

  • European context: climate change impacts on lakes and water systems,
  • progress with sustainable urban drainage retrofitting in Glasgow through the City Deal,
  • a range of examples of partnership and collaborative working and community engagement with lakes, and;
  • lightening talks on tools for lake management.

John Pinder, Chair of the UK and Ireland Lakes Network in summing up said

“The site visits and papers have reflected the theme of the conference ‘Urgency, Innovation and Collaboration’, and delegates have had the opportunity to make new and rekindle existing connections with others working on lakes. Many thanks to all those who supported, hosted and attend the conference for making it a success”.

Conference presentations:

Conference 2023

Seven Lochs Wetand Park

Urgency, Innovation & Collaboration for our lakes, Lochs and wetlands

Over the last 14 years or so UKILN has been a network, we have largely concentrated on sharing best practice in lake protection and restoration between all those who work directly with lakes in some capacity or have them as part of their work-place responsibility.

In recent years however and particularly as we came out of the Covid restrictions, there has been a stark awareness of just how important lakes and lochs are to us: not only their ecological and water quality, but also the value they are for individuals and communities well- being.  This now becomes an increasingly important perspective for us to explore through our annual conference.

In 2023, we are particularly fortunate to team up with the “Seven Lochs Partnership” who have, for some time, not only recognised just what lakes give communities and individuals but also that the optimal approach for their protection can come from the communities themselves living close to their shores.

The very Partnership itself demonstrates how different organisations can work together on a common agenda to create a better environment, contribute to community well-being and use nature based approaches to tackle the future challenges posed such as climate change: in effect, establishing the resilience that will be needed for the whole area of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park to thrive.

It’s not surprising therefore that in distilling down the conference programme to establish this year’s title, we have arrived at that seems more to do with social science, rather than our conventional technical and  scientific agenda.   “Urgency, innovation and collaboration” These are the cornerstones of modern and successful partnerships and Seven Lochs certainly provides lots of evidence on how that can be realised.  Over the 2 days we will show-case specific projects and initiatives implemented but perhaps more importantly, offer a framework which could be adopted / adapted for similar scenarios where we look to social and environmental challenges being seen as joint plans.

The conference follows our tried and tested formula of one day of presentation and a further day out in the field, seeing first- hand the fantastic work this Partnership and associated communities / volunteers have accomplished.

In addition to hearing from key players  from the Seven Lochs partnership area, we will draw from other lake Partnerships with experience about similar challenges being addressed across mainland Europe, coordinated by the Germany based Global Nature Fund.

The conference, as ever, aims to be eclectic in scope and inspirational in content.

We very much look forward to seeing you in October at Strathclyde University and on site around the Seven Lochs Wetland Park


John Pinder    —-  Chair UKILN         

Scott Ferguson  —- Seven Lochs Project Coordinator

The UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference 2022

Lakes and their restoration – opportunities for nature recovery and people: Cheshire, June 22.

A multi-sector audience of environmental NGOs, practitioners, academics, researchers and statutory agencies gathered providing a great opportunity to learn and share experience on:

  • The role of lakes in the context of nature recovery networks, landscape and catchment scale restoration
  • Engagement of citizens in understanding lakes
  • How lake restoration is being delivered across England

Tony Juniper – Chair of Natural England opened the conference with a keynote paper describing his own fascination with lakes and making the case for wider collaboration to create a more sustainable future for lakes.

Conference presentations:

The second day was based around two field visits to internationally designated lakes in Cheshire, Hatchmere and Tatton Mere, to see and hear about issues affecting them, and discuss solutions implemented for their restoration. Including the introduction of beavers, restoring the hydrological regime, altering fish assemblages and improving water quality.

Feedback from the event:

“I am much more inspired to do stuff on lakes”

“It reinforced the importance of focusing on lakes as well as rivers”

“Meeting face to face – changed views”

“I liked the full day of talks, it made it easier to get funding to come”

“I got a big dollop of CPD out of it!”

“The best training I have had since joined organisation”

“The importance of networking is harder to quantify”

Event sponsors

Many thanks to Iolight and Aquatic solutions UK for supporting the event

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about attending, or being involved in our next event please get in touch:

Invitation to CANAPE sustainable peatlands conference

canape conference poster

canape conference poster

This 3-day conference brings together European stakeholders, managers and policy makers to discuss their visions on restoring and protecting peatlands. The event focuses on innovative techniques, business models and policy options developed over 4 years of work by the Interreg projects CANAPE and Carbon Connects.

Day 1 13/10/2021 9.30 – 17.30 CET

  • Ecosystem restoration – protecting today’s environment
  • Utilising rewetted and restored Peatlands

Day 2 14/10/2021 9.30 – 16.30 CET

  • Business models – creating business opportunities
  • Policy for a better future

Day 3 15/10/2021 TBC

  • Field Trip!

For a more detailed agenda, please follow this link (opens in new window). 

During this symposium we invite stakeholders from various backgrounds and expertise to share their knowledge and insights through parallel working sessions to give participants the chance to follow and join interactive expert discussions on topics of their interest.

We are excited to offer this symposium in a hybrid format; welcoming participants for the main sessions in both a virtual room and at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden (Netherlands).

Due to COVID-19 measures, we are bound to a maximum number of participants in the room.

Reserve your (online/in-person) seat.

All information on the conference and latest updates can be found on the conference website.

LIFE Blue Lakes Capacity Building Workshop: Microplastics in Lakes

plastic lake

Programme – LIFE Blue Lakes Capacity Building Workshop

14:00 – Moderation and Welcoming

Udo Gattenlöhner, Global Nature Fund

Plastic waste and plastic litter – A general problem

Nina van Zinnicq Bergmann, International Waste Platform

No Microplastics – Just Waves. The mission of the LIFE Blue Lakes Project

Bettina Schmidt, Global Nature Fund

The Lake Paper – Solution approaches for Communities in Italy and Germany

Fabrizio Soddu, Legambiente

Interactive Session 1 –  Breakout Rooms

14:50 – Break

15:00 – Why do we need a Standard Monitoring Protocol for microplastic pollution in lakes?

Maria Sighicelli, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and Valentina Della Bella, Environmental Protection Agency of Umbria (ARPA UMBRIA)

Do we know occurrence, removal and fate of microplastics in municipal drinking and wastewater treatment plants?

Francesco Fatone, Polytechnical University Marche

Participatory process to involve companies of the outdoor, tyre and cosmectic industry

Dimitri Vedel, Lake Constance Foundation

Improving the existing legal framework at European level through the development of a Lake White Paper

Leonardo Gatta, Central Apennines River Basin District Authority (ABDAC)

Interactive Session 2 –  Breakout Rooms

Closing session. Conclusion and outlook

16:00 – End of event


The participation in the event is free of charge. A registration is necessary. Please register for the event under the link below. You will receive the dial-in information by e-mail after registration.

The EPA National Water Event 2021 Online Conference

The EPA National Water Event 2021 Online Conference is taking place on the morning of the 16 and 17 of June.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Water: integrating policy and practice’ with many expert speakers lined up to share their knowledge on how to protect & improve water quality in Ireland.

There will be 4 sessions at the conference:

  • 16 June 09:30-10:50       Session 1: Setting the scene
  • 16 June 11:20-13:00       Session 2: Opportunities for multiple benefits
  • 17 June 09:15-10:40       Session 3: Looking forward – integration in practice, pressures and solutions
  • 17 June 11:10-13:00       Session 4: Learning from communities

The full programme will be available in the coming days; for anyone wishing to attend the conference you can register for free at

Invitation to the “Water Film Club” on 23 March 2021

hand in water

The Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency is organizing an online event on March 23, 2021 to mark World Water Day. The aim of the event is to raise the awareness of participants on the importance of water and to increase their knowledge about the global hydrological cycle, water footprint, human water consumption and the water management developments and investments in the Lake Balaton region.

The presentations in the morning session will be in Hungarian (and interpretation will not be available). However, in the afternoon, as closure of the event, we will organise a “Water Film Club”, where we would like to introduce short video films on the protection of water habitats and water management of lakes from all over the world.

First of all, we would like to say thank to those of you, who had already sent video films for this session. Secondly, we would highly appreciate, if you could join us in the Water Film Club as participants.

The event will be implemented by using the ZOOM webinar software.
Time: March 23, 2021 at 14.00 (CET)
Direct link to join the event:
Meeting ID: 881 2566 9290
Passcode: 593359


Invitation to join webinar on tackling eutrophication in lakes

lake balaton hungary

The Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency has invited Living Lakes partners and friends to join a free online seminar on ‘Experiences and good practices to tackle eutrophication in shallow lakes applying thin-layer sediment dredging technologies’ which takes place on March 16 2021.

With about 600 km2 surface area, Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe and it is one of the most important natural treasures of Hungary. Just like in case of other shallow lakes, sediments play an important role in the nutrient cycling of Lake Balaton.

As a result of high external loads of nutrients in the past, sediments became storages of such substances. The surface layer of sediments of shallow lakes can readily be resuspended due to wind induced wave action and contribute to the nutrient load (internal load) and, eventually to eutrophication which is manifested in harmful algal blooms.

Removal of the most active, most polluted surface sediment layer (10-30 cm) by thin layer dredging is a common technique in water quality/eutrophication control. In addition to overall water quality improvement of a shallow lake, dredging may contribute to providing better quality and utility value for beaches and small-boat harbours.

In the seminar, we would like to draw attention to the importance and impacts of sediment dredging on large shallow lakes, and to introduce Hungarian and international dredging best practices and experiences. The planned programme of the event can be found in the attachment. The language of the event will be Hungarian, English and Japan, with simultaneous interpretation.

The seminar will be organized on ZOOM,  the direct link, meeting ID, and passcode to join the meeting are found below:
Meeting ID: 886 4742 7533
Passcode: 937450

UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference 2019 Papers

The UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference – Lakes Protecting, Enhancing and Restoring was held in Westport, Ireland.

The conference papers are here:

Global Perspective on Lakes  Udo Gattenlöhner, Global Nature Fund

Lake Water Quality and the Water Framework Directive – Maths and Facts.  Dierdre Tierney, Environmental Protection Agency

Lough Forbes and challenges for safe drinking water.  Andrew Boylan, Irish Water

Odds and sods: Irish lakes and the Habitats Directive  Aine O Connor, National Parks and Wildlife

WFD and Fish in Lakes Monitoring – Methods, Trends and Climate change.  Fiona Kelly, Inland Fisheries Ireland

Lough Carra: past, present and future.  Chris Huxley and Tom Byrne, Lough Carra Catchment Association

The Local Authority Waters Programme–Lake Local Catchment Assessments in Action.  Bernadette White, Local Authorities Water Programme 

The Group Water Scheme sector in Ireland: An under-utilised resource for improving ecosystem services delivery?  Alec Rolston, Dundalk, institute of Technology

Cranes, drains and net carbon gains –working towards sustainable wetland management in the Broads National Park, UK, Dan Hoare, Broads Authority

Predicting in-lake responses to change using near real time models Tadhg Moore, PROGNOS PROJECT, DKIT

Remote sensing – a tool for lake assessment. Gary Free , Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing for the Environment

Assessing the potential of drones to take water samples and physicochemical data from open lakes. Conor Graham, Galway Mayo, Institute of Technology  

The Blue Dot Catchment Programme – preserving Irelands high status lakes. Cormac Mc Conigley, Local Authorities Water Programme

The Clones Lakes: How water quality decline is captured in charophyte lakes.
Mr Nick Stewart, Consultant 


On the second day conference delegates were treated to site visits to Loch Carra where this film was shared  and a tour of Burrishoole Research Station.


UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference 2019 – Lakes Protecting, Enhancing and Restoring.

The 2019 UK and Ireland Lakes Network 2019 Conference “Lakes – Protecting, Enhancing and Restoring”  is about to commence in Westport, Ireland. The programme is available here:

UKILN Programme 2019

2019 UKILN Conference Poster

The keynote speech will be from Mr. Udo Gattenlöhner, from the Global Nature Fund and sessions cover monitoring and assessment, actions on the ground and research.

It is a great opportunity to network and keep up to date with lake issues and best practice