Linking Lakes: bringing together expertise in sustainable stewardship of lake watersheds

UKILN Annual Conference 21st and 22nd April 2016

Cumbria Local Enterprise Centre, Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DT


This conference will bring together those wishing to benefit from sharing challenges and best practice, and networking with a focus on case studies of sustainable stewardship of lake watersheds from Cumbria, the wider UK and internationally.

2016 Conference Programme

Thursday 21st April 2016

11.30 Registration
12.00 Lunch and Networking
13.00 Welcome to the 6th UK and Ireland Lakes Network conference
13.15 Opening Remarks – Lakes in 2016, Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park Authority
13.35 Implementing the European Landscape Convention in lake catchment restoration projects- An Azorean Case study, Miguel Fereirra, Governo dos Açores, Ambiente parques Açores.
14.05 The restoration of common reed on Windermere and Esthwaite’s shores. Mike Sturt, South Cumbria Rivers Trust
14.30 Sustainable land management within the Lake District, Andrew Fox, Lowther Estates
15.00 Break – including posters, networking and ideas for lakes Networking for the future
15.45 Living Lakes in Germany – Projects, Politics and Pamphlets, Thomas Schaefer, Global Nature Fund, Germany
16.15 The Broads – An Overview of Lake and Catchment Management, Andrea Kelly, Norfolk Broads Authority
16.45 Notes from a Large Lough. Lough Neagh Partnership

  1. Past & future ownership and their management issues.      Gerry Darby
  2. River to Lough Festival, Partnership and Collaboration. Eimear Kearney

17.15 Q&A and Discussion
17.45 Close, Tony Dean, UKILN Chair

The Conference meal will be 7pm for 8pm meal at The George Hotel, Penrith, CA11 7SU

After dinner speaker – Gordon Swindlehurst – BBC Radio Cumbria – ‘the lighter side of lakes’

Friday 22nd April 2016

Field visit and networking: Examples of sustainable stewardship in the lake watersheds of the Derwent Catchment.

Upper Derwent Watershed Study Tour (Thirlmere Reservoir and Bassenthwaite Lake)

Leave Penrith by coach





Thirlmere High Park Wood



Thirmere dam


Whole watershed management including farming, upland peat protection and forestry. Strategic supply and quality issues.
Water storage and flow control
Paul Phillips and John Gorst (United Utilities)


Travel to Bassenthwaite Lake




Dubbwath Silver Meadows wetland nature reserve.



Managed grazing, making space for water, public access and community partnership/ stewardship
Rick Petecki (Chairman Friends of Dubwath)
Keith Atkinson (tenant farmer)
Travel to Bassenthwaite Yacht club
Bassenthwaite Yacht Club
Comfort Break and light lunch including  focussed topic session
  • Bassenthwaite Yacht Club – Robin Dawson V. Commodore
  • Farming and Catchment Sensitive Farming – Emma Bullock, Susan Kenworthy (CSF) and Paul Barnes (farmer)
  • Osprey Project – Nathan Fox /Volunteer (Forestry Commission led)
Travel to mid River Derwent
Mid River Derwent  near Keswick
River restoration in action – Ian Creighton (West Cumbria Rivers Trust)
Leave catchment
Arrive Penrith


The 2016 Conference is sponsored by United Utilities

UKILN Conference 2016: Registration Form

Please register for your place by 28th February 2016.

    Select which of the following you would like to book:

    Day 1 - Conference - cost £50*

    YesNoReceipt Required

    * additional places for small organisations/students etc at reduced rates. Please contact John Pinder

    Day 1 - Poster / Board Display - cost £0

    I would like to display posters or materials to display and promote my research, products and achievements to delegates.

    Posters must be accompanied by an abstract (submitted by 15th March to, which will be included with the delegates’ pack.


    Day 1 - Evening Dinner - cost £25

    Three course dinner at The George Hotel, Penrith. A great opportunity to meet lake experts from around the UK and Ireland and enjoy some of the very best local food, drink and hospitality!

    Key note speaker: To be confirmed.

    YesNoReceipt Required

    Day 2 - Field Trip to Derwent catchment - cost £0


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    Phone Number


    Special Requirements (dietary / access / other)

    Payment Details for the conference and dinner:

    1. Direct to account: United Kingdom and Ireland Lakes Network, AC Number 65659292, sort code: 08-92-99
    2. By cheque: UK and Ireland Lakes Network and post to John Pinder at Yew Trees Hackthorpe, Penrith, CA10 2HX
    3. Other – please contact John Pinder for other options

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