Conservation Volunteering - the Highland Biodiversity Conference 2015

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We're pleased to announce the details of the 2015 Highland Biodiversity conference, organised by Janet Bromham  and Jonathan Willet, Highland Council Biodiversity Officers, and funded by the Council and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The conference will take place on Monday 30th March in Inverness High School and is on the subject of “Environmental Volunteering in Highland – Do We Need a Collaborative Approach?” 

We are delighted that Cllr Thomas Prag has agreed to chair the day, and that we have speakers with a wealth of experience of conservation volunteering, including from the British Trust for Ornithology, Trees for Life, Scottish Waterways Trust, Cairngorms National Park and Highland Third Sector Interface.

Some of the issues we will be discussing are how to maximise the potential of our current volunteers, how can we support them consistently and to a high standard, better links between projects and volunteers and how can we recruit more volunteers?

If you would like to come to the conference please book a place with Caroline Vawdrey by 19th March at so that we can be sure to have enough food and seats for everyone.


See programme below - or download your own copy.

Environmental Volunteering in Highland: Do we need a Collaborative Approach?


Registration Tea / coffee & biscuits
Welcome and Introduction - Cllr Thomas Prag, Conference Chairman
(Chairman, Highland Council Planning, Development & Infrastructure Committee)"

Volunteering, the Highland Biodiversity Action Plan and the Single Outcome Agreement
George Hogg, Highland Environment Forum Chairman "

Highland Green Gyms
Speaker tbc, The Conservation Volunteers 

Potential for Synergy & Sharing Volunteers around the Great Glen
Speaker tbc, Trees for Life 

Cairngorms Nature: Environmental Volunteering in the National Park  
Speaker tbc, Cairngorms National Park Authority 

What’s Up? Recording Mountain Birds
Dr Ben Darvill, British Trust for Ornithology 

Questions & Answers


NHS – Health benefits of volunteering & how to work collaboratively 
Speaker to be confirmed – GP / MS

Nature and Wellbeing
Stephen Wiseman, Scottish Waterways Trust  

Highland TSI – What we do for Volunteering & the Saltire Awards for Young People
Mhairi Wylie, Third Sector Interface 

A Volunteer’s Perspective – what works and what is challenging
Speaker tbc, Saltire Ambassador / RSPB Volunteer

Questions & Answers

Introduction to Workshops Jonathan Willet, Highland Council

Tea / coffee to take to workshops


  • How can we improve co-ordination and work better together?
  • How do we encourage more people to volunteer in Highland?

Workshop Feedback  - Workshop Representatives

Conclusions and Next Steps - Cllr Thomas Prag

Highland Environment Forum

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