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Monday 26 June


Welcome and social drinks at the Salutation, Higher Chatham St, Manchester. M15 6ED

Tables reserved from 7pm. Map of location (opens new window).

Tuesday 27 June

Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Boundary Street West, Manchester, M15 6BR

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8.30am - 9.30am Registration and poster hanging

9.30am - 5.00pm Conference


Keynote: The long view on landscape ecology

Roy Haines-Young, Co-director and Principal Researcher, Fabis Consulting Ltd

Symposium 1: The long view on landscape ecology

Organisers: Marc Metzger, Jonathan Porter. This symposium will provide an opportunity to reflect on how landscape ecology has changed in the past 25 years and how it will continue to evolve. Speakers reflecting on papers presented at past ialeUK conferences are particularly welcome in this symposium.


Keynote: Upland landscape ecology

Rob McMorran, Environment and Countryside, SRUC

Symposium 2: Upland landscape ecology

Organiser: Vanessa Burton. Shifting pressures and agricultural subsidies in the uplands have shaped patterns of land use and biodiversity in recent decades. New demands including catchment-scale water management and rewilding initiatives are changing patterns again. This symposium will provide an opportunity to reflect on changing patterns and to debate the future policy for uplands.

5.00pm - 6.30pm Poster session with wine and canapes

7.30pm Conference Dinner

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill
Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5QS
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Wednesday 28 June

9.00am - 9.30am Registration

9.30am - 5.00pm Conference


Keynote: Lowland landscape ecology

Kevin Watts, Senior Landscape Ecologist, Forest Research

Symposium 3: Lowland landscape ecology

Organisers: Jess Neumann, Chloe Bellamy. Pressures for urban development and greater agricultural productivity are placing the lowland landscape under increasing strain. This symposium will explore relationships between spatial patterns of land use and landscape functions, providing insights into mechanisms for creating and supporting multifunctional, ecologically resilient lowlands.


Keynote: Seascape Ecology

Leonie Alexander, Urban Biodiversity Officer, Edinburgh Living Landscape

Symposium 4: Seascape ecology

Organisers: Anja Liski, Ylva Longva. Long overlooked, seascape ecology is increasingly at the heart of balanced assessments of the marine and coastal environment. Improved data availability and developments in analysis techniques are supporting plans and decisions regarding the seascape in both UK and beyond. This symposium will consider how our changing knowledge and new analytical tools on seascape ecology are changing approaches to planning and conservation in the sea.

Thursday 29th June

9.30am - 2.00pm half day field excursion

Lindow Moss

This half day excursion visited  Lindow Moss, once a very extensive lowland raised mire, fringed by heathland. During the trip participants observed the challenge of maintaining this small lowland heath (SSSI and Local Nature Reserve).

9.30am - 5.00pm full day field excursion

City Forest Park

This full day excursion visited City Forest Park in Salford, an impressive urban park similar in size to Central Park in New York and one of the most important sites in Greater Manchester for nature conservation and restoration.

Friday 30th June

Post-conference excursion (not included in conference fee)