Grassland Conservation Conference

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural Grassland Conservation Conference will be held on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th August hosted by Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

**Conference fee waivers are available on a competitive basis for those eligible for the discounted conference fee. Conference fee waivers are provided by the Stapledon Memorial Trust. Applications to Ashley Lyons**

*Call for abstracts for 15 minute oral presentations and posters are now open. Enquiries to Ashley Lyons.*

A major challenge of applied ecological research is dissemination to conservation practitioners. In order to maximise the impact of research and to ensure current conservation issues are highlighted for potential research it is important for scientists and practitioners to work together. The Grassland Conservation Conference aims to provide a platform for the development of collaboration and knowledge exchange between scientists and practitioners.

The Key Note Speaker is Dr Richard Jefferson, who has over 25 years experience working for Natural England as a Senior Grassland Specialist. Richard’s lecture Evidence to Advice: How research-practitioner partnerships can support successful grassland conservation will open proceedings and is sure to stimulate discussion.

The first day of the conference will feature oral presentations from academics, conservation practitioners and policy makers and a poster session sponsored by the George Stapledon Memorial Trust.

The second day of the conference will be a series of parallel workshops and field visits dedicated to a range of grassland conservation management issues:

  • Upland calcareous grassland workshop – dedicated to upland calcareous grassland conservation management, with a view to producing a working management document for UK upland calcareous grasslands.
  • Lowland semi-natural grassland field visit – with a focus on conservation, restoration and connectivity.

Full conference fee: £80

Discounted conference fee: £40 ***

***Discounted conference fee available for employees and volunteers of conservation organisations & charitable bodies, farmers and students. We have a limited number of fee waiver bursaries available for those eligible for the discounted conference fee, email for further details.

Bursaries are also available to cover the cost of poster printing.

To register your place please fill out this form and send to Payment can be made to register and book accommodation here

If you wish to apply for a conference fee waiver please fill out the appropriate forms below and send to

To submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation fill out this form and return it to the email address provided on the form by 01/08/2017.

To apply for a Stapledon Memorial Trust Bursary fill out this form and return it to the email address provided on the form by 01/08/2017.