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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:

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:

Bloomin’ blanket weed! Call for participation in algae and lake management questionnaire

blanket weed

My name is Hannah Kemp and I am a PhD researcher at the University of Nottingham working in partnership with the National Trust.

Hannah Kemp

Across the UK, many freshwater ecosystems are experiencing more frequent and widespread blooms of filamentous macroalgae, more commonly known as blanket weed. The formation of thick mats on lake and pond surfaces have the potential to cause major ecological damage as well as look unsightly and prevent leisure activities and conservation.

As part of my research, I have created a questionnaire to investigate the occurrence, impact and management of blanket weed algal blooms in UK freshwater bodies.

The questionnaire should be carried out by people who manage or work with UK freshwater lakes/ponds and have a good knowledge of the site. If you would be interested in taking part in this research or could help facilitate the distribution of the questionnaire in your organisation here is a link:

By participating in this questionnaire, you will be helping put together a UK wide dataset about blanket weed algal blooms to better understand the scale of the problem. Your answers will also help inform research into how best to manage blanket weed blooms whilst maintaining good ecological status and lake amenity value. Answers about waterbodies that do NOT experience blanket weed blooms are just as important!

If you want to chat more or have any questions or ideas please email me on thank you!

Last call for UK & Ireland Lakes Network 2017 conference registrations

DSC_0138.jpgUKILN conference field trip 2016, delegates at Thirlmere.

Join us for our annual conference and networking event on 24th and 25th April at Linlithgow to focus on urban loch, lake and lough management.

It will be a fantastic opportunity to be inspired by others working on stillwaters across the UK and Ireland. You will meet others and network, be able to share best practice and challenges, and perhaps form the beginnings of new partnerships.

The format this year is a half day field trip around Linlithgow on Monday, followed by the conference meal. We then have an exciting programme of presentations and discussion on Tuesday find the full programme here.

We are still open for last minute registrations online here.

WaterPro Seminar Invitation

WaterPro: You are invited to an international seminar on

‘Bioremediation to manage runoff from Agriculture, Mining & Landfills Seminar’ 

Wednesday 10th May 2017
Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland
From 9am – 1pm

WaterPro May17 Seminar image

WaterPro: The overall goal of WaterPro is to develop eco-efficient tools and models for good water quality management and protection for the Northern Periphery sparsely populated area.

Donegal County Council are partners in the Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme WaterPro Project which will develop eco-efficient tools and models for water and storm runoff management practices and environmental protection.

As part of the exchange of knowledge on the project Donegal County Council are hosting a free to attend seminar: Bioremediation to manage runoff from Agriculture, Mining & Landfills.

Presentations will focus on sustainable methods of treating runoff and polluted waste waters.

There will also be a site visit to Churchtown Landfill site, Lifford which has been restored and uses a combination of an irrigated willow plantation and integrated constructed wetlands to treat leachate before it enters the River Finn. Please note PPE is required for the site visit.

This event is free of charge and those with an interest in the environment, agriculture or mining are most welcome.

Click on this link to view the agenda and register today for the seminar.


(For those travelling the Clanree Hotel will offer a special price of €72 B&B single occupancy, reference WaterPro at time of booking)

Full details on


Halloween on Lough Neagh

Autumn at Ballyronan Lough Neagh


There are lots of spooky ‘goings on’ around Lough Neagh & Its Waterways this Halloween!

Are you brave enough?

Lough Neagh has lots a fantastic myths and legends that provide great character to this beautiful landscape. Among these are some creepy and compelling tales of ghosts and hauntings that stretch back hundreds of years. Here are 5 of the most haunted places around Lough Neagh and the stories behind them.  Read more if you dare: 5 Spooky sites around Lough Neagh & Its Waterways

Spooktacular Fireworks

Spooktacular Fireworks

Thursday 27th October

Enjoy de-frightful fun at Junction One, in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, on Thursday 27th October from 6pm!

  • Spooky Haunted Jungle Playground
  • Halloween Grotto
  • Ghost train
  • Q Radio Roadshow with Sonya Mac
  • Paw patrol characters plus Mickey and Minnie in Halloween Costumes
  • Spooktacular firework finale at 8pm

Kinnego Marina Swamp Trail

Kinnego Marina Swamp Trail

Date: Friday 28th October 2016

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Venue: Kinnego Marina

Price: £5 Per Person

Take the children through the freaky forest trail to the spooktacular fancy dress & BBQ – then – adults, if you dare, can you complete the terrifying swamp trail, or, are you afraid of the scare?
Further details on Facebook: Kinnego Marina Swamp Trail

  • Halloween Hooley

    Date: Saturday 29th October 2016, 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: Meadowbank Sports Arena

    Price: Free entry

    The ever popular children’s event will be bustling with all things spooky to help keep your little monsters entertained. Get ready to enjoy a family performance by Babcock & Bobbins, burn off some wicked energy on the inflatables, participate in Halloween themed arts and crafts, take part in a fancy dress competition, take delight in the puppet shows, face-painting and lots, lots more.

Lough Neagh Top 100 Global Sustainable Destination

Lough Neagh Top 100 Global Sustainable Destination

Lough Neagh is one of only 100 destinations worldwide to have been awarded ‘Sustainable Destination’ at the Global Sustainability Competition in the Castle of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The awards celebrate the efforts of tourism destination’s responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives globally.  Lough Neagh was nominated by the UK & Ireland Lakes Network and evaluated by experts of the Green Destinations Top 100 Team and by members of the special Top 100 Selection Panel, that included over 60 tourism sustainability experts. The Top 100 initiative aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously.

Lough Neagh Top 100 Sustainable DestinationEimear Kearney of Lough Neagh Partnership accepted the award on behalf of the destination and said: “For Lough Neagh to be named among the 100 greenest of destinations worldwide is a real achievement for our destination. “In order to be selected for this award we had to provide extensive information on Lough Neagh and our efforts towards sustainability for the benefit of visitors, residents and the world.  We are really honoured to have been selected from 150 nominations to receive this unique award.”

Lough Neagh is the biggest lake in the UK & Ireland and an internationally important wetland with numerous environmental designations, local and national nature reserves.  It is one of our greatest natural resources and one of the most important conservation areas in the whole of Northern Ireland, with very unique species and habitats worth protecting.  The achievement is an endorsement of the fantastic work by various stakeholder groups around the Lough and marks a commitment going forward to preserve Lough Neagh and its biodiversity.  Lough Neagh Partnership recently commenced a European water quality project and just last week launched a new plan to address loss of bird species and wetland habitat on shores of Lough Neagh.