Welcome to our autumn newsletter. We have an excellent collection of articles, eighteen in total covering ialeUK news and wide-ranging insights into landscape ecology from the UK, Canada, Ireland and the United States. As part of our 25th Anniversary, we also want to hear from you. We want to understand what you think of landscape ecology: how far the discipline has come, the value of what we are doing now and the role we need to take in the future.
Don't miss out on an ialeUK member discount to attend this European conference on urban green infrastructure: celebrating nature-based solutions for cities. The 2-day conference is to be held in Budapest 29-30th November 2017.
Late in June 2017 and within the space of a week, Manchester Metropolitan University saw two established landscape associations concern themselves with the state of UK landscapes. Leon, founder-director of Viridian Logic, who previously earned a PhD in extragalactic astrophysics in 2015 provides a valuable insight.
A family reunion without Uncle Walt! And a knowledge exchange conference where people are willing to learn and share ideas. These were some of the ways land manager Sarah Blyth describes her first experience at an ialeUK conference.
Have you ever worried that you might spell a word wrong or use a word in the wrong way? Naturalist, educator, and author David Lukas from California provides an inspirational insight into our language, what is not working at present and how we can find the voices we need to articulate a better future.
In recent months, Ordnance Survey (OS) have published an interesting array of new datasets. In this article the OS provide a detailed look into the tools and capabilities that enable their them to deliver high quality datasets for bespoke applications. Project examples include the hedgerow dataset for the Rural Payments Agency and the single habitats layer for Natural England.
Recent evidence shows that small water-bodies are not only vital habitat for freshwater plants and animals, but also critical for successful catchment management. Pascal from The Freshwater Habitats Trust gives his perspective on their importance.
Ancient trees are exceptional specimens. They can tell us a lot about the history of the land in which they sit and provide a tangible link to historic events. They are standing nature reserves. Kylie introduces the Tree Register and Ancient Tree Forum, which aims to build a database of these vulnerable trees.
It can be difficult and expensive for small businesses to source marketing material and images. But The South Downs National Park Authority has come up with an innovative solution, whilst in turn helping to promote the special features of the area.
Local people are vital to ensure the UK’s parks and green spaces are used, loved and improved. With political uncertainty and dwindling public funding, local voices need to be heard louder, clearer and one of the best ways to achieve this is through the 'friends of groups'.
The way in which we seek to understand the endemic and epidemic conditions of disease that afflicts us, has always been a matter of landscape ecology. Tom Koch from the University of British Columbia (medical geography) provides an overview of the spatial patterns of disease as a result of complex human and environmental factors.
In England, the parliamentary enclosures of the 1900’s radically altered the landscape. A similar situation was happening in Ireland but for different motivations. This article provides a brief overview of the history of land tenure in Ireland and how it affected its structure and use.