|The two-day international conference and excursion on scrub and woodland on coastal dunes will be held at Liverpool Hope University.
As this would be a contribution to marking the 20th anniversary of the Habitats Directive, the conference will primarily be set within the context of the habitats of the Atlantic Biogeographical Region but will seek to draw on research from a wider geographical area. Conference Themes
The organisers invite contributions along the broad themes outlined below. The focus of the event is on scrub and woodland as coastal dune habitats. The conference will create an opportunity for participants from diverse backgrounds such as forestry, woodland management, dune management, academia and policy making to meet and exchange knowledge for the sustainable management of coastal dunes. This will contribute to the aims and objectives of the Sand Dune and Shingle Network and the European Dune Network . Research on the development of dune woodland and scrub habitats in north-west Europe
• What does an overall trend to stabilisation mean for scrub, woodland and dune habitats?Atlantic Dune Woodland in the Atlantic Biogeographical Region, including the potential of developing this habitat in the British Isles
• How do we currently value these habitats and how does this impact on their management?
• How to define the habitat?The relationship between wet woods and coastal dune slacks
• What examples exist already and how did these develop?
• What are the management and research issues
• What is our understanding of this relationship?Dune forestry practices (in the UK and northwest Europe)
• Managing forests for multiple uses – case studies Alien species
• Climate change and the shape of things to come?
• Experiences of the INTERREG project on defining sustainable silvicultural practices
• Managing the public response to forest change
• What effect are they having on dune scrub and woodland habitats?Develop a new national strategy in the UK for Sea Buckthorn
• What can be done to make these habitats more resistant to attack?
• Should we embrace scrub and/ or find new ways to manage it?
For more information and to register: