The ialeUK Annual Review will be held on Wednesday 7th September 2016 during the ialeUK annual conference, this year being held at the University of Reading. The Annual Review will follow-on from the plenaries and symposia to be held on the day and is open to all current members of ialeUK. Find out what we have been doing over the year, meet the committee, provide feed back or more information on how to get involved.
ialeUK Members have a chance to win a copy of a new book on Urban Landscape Ecology, edited by ialeUK and featuring many topics discussed at the ialeUK 2014 conference. The book provides a much needed summary of current thinking on how urban landscapes can provide the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal well-being. Read on to find out what the competition requires.
The 4th ERT Spatial Ecology and Conservation Conference (SEC4) was held on the 12th – 14th July at the University of Bristol. Delegates from across the world gathered to present their work and to discuss the latest developments in all-things related to spatial ecology, conservation, policy and practice. ialeUK member, Jessica Neumann provides a synopsis of the event. With a wealth of information shared during the 3 day event, summary of key information on Symposia 1-4 is provided in this edition and Symposia 5 in the Autumn edition. Please read on.
When the question "What do you think the focus should be to deliver a sustainable London? was raised at Green Sky Thinking event, organised by Temple Group, early this year - the results were quite intriguing: Cycling infrastructure received 5.6%, green infrastructure received 22.2%, air quality received 27.8% and systems thinking received 44.4%. But what is Systems Thinking you might be asking? Nick Voulvoulis, a reader in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, who presented that morning provides useful insight.
Often asked why he works on roundabouts (as if to say these areas are not for proper scientific or ecological research), Simon replies that roundabouts to him are not just traffic-calming devices! Read on to find out what these man-made features mean to an entomologist.
At face value, applying Lawton's four key principles "more, joined, better, bigger" makes perfect sense, but their application to specific landscapes needs careful consideration. This article explores what the required step change might entail for the Meres and Mosses Landscape.
Scotland has a new atlas, created in partnership to allow users to access a new open data infrastructure for sharing biological data. This article provides fuller information on the functions and resources available and links to relevant websites.
Biodiversity offsetting is controversial. People suspect developers of trying to buy their way out of conservation requirements by compensating for biodiversity losses somewhere else. But the framework for offsetting provides several advantages that current wildlife legalisation doesn’t offer, and we desperately need these if we’re to reach our UK target of halting biodiversity loss by 2020. This article provides a consultant ecologists' view on the benefits of the scheme.
It is essential to capture "sense of place" when undertaking Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, but are we gathering sufficient information by driving from place to place or from one viewpoint to the next? A landscape planner from Scotland gives his point of view.
The subject of this years postgraduate workshop was Participatory GIS, held in Edinburgh. It was a successful 2-day event all round. One of the participants of the day provides her experience of the day.