Two exciting webinars for 2021: Biodiversity of Grasslands. They will cover the state of the science and practical implementation with farmer views on 26 January and 2 February respectively. Join these FREE webinars by clicking here
The way government will support grassland livestock farming is changing. Providing ‘Public goods’ like biodiversity will in future be much more important but is the science there to design appropriate policies and can farmers deliver as well as continue food production and viable businesses?
26 January 2021 – The science: state of grassland biodiversity
Dr Lisa Norton, CEH: Grassland biodiversity in the UK: status, trends and prospects.
Prof Robin Pakeman, James Hutton Institute: Plants, invertebrates and birds in upland grassland: effects of grazing management.
Dr Will Peach, RSPB: Management of lowland grassland for invertebrates and birds
2 February 2021 – Implementation: Can policy & practice reverse biodiversity decline
Clare Pinches, Natural England: Policies to conserve and increase biodiversity in grassland
Ian Boyd, Cotswold Beef Farmer. A profitable farm rich in wildlife
Chris Clark, Nature Friendly Farming Network. Maximum sustainable output: making nature a stakeholder in a profitable business
Each webinar will consist of short presentations led by an expert speaker panel, with the ability to ask questions and make points on chat, plus a final discussion session.
This is a Stapledon Trust, BSAS Global and EAAP joint venture
Precision Livestock Farming 17 and 19 November 2020
- the current state of the art – presentations on the use of technologies in grassland and range systems in Europe, Australasia, Africa, and Americas
- the future potential of PLF and sensing technologies in extensive systems. Studies by companies developing systems of sensing, communication and storage of data and transfer of relevant information to producers and policy makers.
- To view part 1 presentations click here
- For Part 2 click here
Locking in C with Grasslands 25 June 2020
Soil – Andy Neal Rothamsted Research Portrays soil as a living system
Pasture – Katja Klumpp INRA France Looks at pasture composition, grazing management and sward multifunctionality.
Woodland on farm – Helen Sheridan UCD Dublin Takes about woodland vegetation at different levels as a component of all grassland farms.
Locking in C with Grasslands webinar is here.
How can policy facilitate locking C in Grasslands? 2 July 2020
This is a complex area where there is a need for the policy environment to be right and for farmers and land owners to be on side. Given the time it takes to change soil carbon levels and the diversity of existing carbon levels may be difficult to identify one policy that works for all. This webinar and its discussion helps viewers better understand ways where we might move forward to map the best policy environment.
Rebecca Heaton, Climate Change Comittee: Land use for a net zero UK
Jorgen E Olesen, Aarhus University, Denmark: How to manage critical thinking in a policy environment that needs carbon sequestration
Paul Muto: Natural England’s evidence based approach
How can policy facilitate locking C in Grasslands webinar is here