UKILN Conference Programme 2017

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Our 2017 conference in Linlithgow, Scotland is sponsored by Scottish Environment Protection Agency, with Historic Environment Scotland and West Lothian Council.

Monday 24th April 

Field visit and networking around Linlithgow Loch

13.00    Tour of the Loch  Meet, Linlithgow Palace. –  local experts will take small groups around the loch, discussions will include links between the loch and community values, cultural heritage and future challenges. **( weather forecast showery so bring appropriate clothing and footwear.)

15.30    Linlithgow Palace – a unique opportunity to learn about this historic and iconic Scottish palace, hosted by Historic Environment Scotland.

17.00   Return to Linlithgow Town Centre

19.30   Pre- Conference Dinner Reception

20.00   Conference Dinner at West Port Hotel, Linlithgow
21.00 After dinner. Dr. the Rev. Stewart Gillan, St Michael’s Parish Linlithgow. “Swan Loch” (lake)


Tuesday 25th April 

UKILN Conference 2017: Exploring the values and management of our urban waters – past, present and future

09.30   Registration with refreshments at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, North Hall

10.00   Welcome to UK and Ireland Lakes Network and Linlithgow – Gerry Darby, Lough Neagh Partnership and Chair of UKILN.

10.20  Nick Benge – WaterGems  “Practical aspects of urban waterbody regeneration.”

10.50  Linda May/Bryan Spears – CEH Edinburgh “UK approaches to urban waterbody restoration.”

11.20    Callum McPhail – SEPA  “Restoration of a large urban loch, Strathclyde Loch.”

11.50    Chris Hassall – Leeds University  “Treasure the little things: ecology, management  and creation of urban ponds.”

 12.20   Facilitated Networking

 13.00     LUNCH

 13.45    Paul Wood – Loughborough University. “Restoration of urban streams and ponds”      

 14.15    Jo Girvan River Life. “ Restoration in an urban setting.”

14.45     Brian D’Arcy – C & D Associates “Sustainable Urban Drainage in the protection and improvement of urban lochs.”

15.15     Alan McCulloch – SEPA  “The Water Environment Fund, SEPA and urban regeneration in the water environment.                                                                                                                           

15.45   Round Up and Final discussion

15.50  Conference Conclusion and Depart