SCOTLAND'S REWILDING EVENT
Stirling, 21st September 2019, 09:30 - 18:00
IMAGINE A WILDER SCOTLAND
Against a backdrop of crashing global biodiversity and climate breakdown, Scotland has the opportunity to become a world leader in restoring its land and seas to good health. To do so, it needs to see the Big Picture. It needs to be bold. It needs to think beyond its smattering of nature reserves, and to summon up huge bundles of imagination to envisage what a future, wilder Scotland could look like.
The Big Picture Conference explores the potential for rewilding large parts of Scotland. It draws on inspirational stories and experiences from around the world, delivered first hand by rewilding practitioners, policy makers and storytellers.
Download the conference itinerary.
Rewilders of the Future
Holly is a 13 year old conservationist and activist. She campaigns for the protection of wildlife in Scotland and is a youth ambassador for SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. Holly also coordinates the Fort William Youth Strikes for the Climate and writes a regular environmental column for the Lochaber and Oban Times.
Gus Routledge is studying Countryside Management at Scotland's Rural College near Aberdeen. Although his main interest is in ecology and conservation, he takes time to understand other aspects of the countryside to build a bigger picture of Scotland's land management issues.
Vanessa is a researcher in Landscape Ecology, with particular interests in Forest and Landscape Restoration and future scenarios for land use change in Scotland. She is passionate about communicating science to support evidence-based decision making in land use and conservation policy and practice.
Tom runs both the Argaty Red Kite and Argaty Red Squirrel projects. He is also a member of the Nature Friendly Farming Network steering group.
Treat yourself... and our planet!
Rewilding isn’t restricted to landscape scale change. It is a vision that we can integrate into our daily lives. This extends to the products we buy and the organisations we support. An exciting addition to the day’s events is our ‘Rewilding Market’ in the Treehouse, which will host an array of stalls and exhibition stands. What better way to cool our brains cells between presentations than with a bit of retail therapy?
Rewilding Market and Sponsorship
We invite exhibitor enquiries for the Treehouse Rewilding Market and for Conference Sponsorship.
Download our brochure here.
We promise to:
- Contribute a percentage of conference revenue to Trees For Life's accredited carbon offsetting initiative.
- Avoid single use plastics
- Provide a predominantly vegan lunch, made with local, seasonal produce where possible.
- Minimise food and drink waste
- Reuse or recycle any appropriate waste produced
- Send downloadable E-tickets instead of paper
You can help by:
- Bringing your own reusable cup (for hot drinks)
- Car-sharing or using public transport
- Using scrap paper if you wish to take notes, or bring a tablet/notebook laptop
The venue, Macrobert Arts Centre, is continuously making efforts to reduce its environmental impact and is a member of the Green Arts Initiative. Find out more here.
University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
Located at the heart of the University of Stirling, Macrobert Arts Centre is a cultural hub for Stirling, the Forth Valleyand Scotland, making active connections with people, communities and ideas, for entertainment, wellbeing and understanding.
You can view full access details to the venue here. Macrobert Arts Centre welcomes all visitors with additional access requirements and is committed to making all their spaces accessible to everyone.
Free Wifi is available at the venue
There is no parking charge on campus on the day of the conference.
We would ask that you, where possible, car share or utilise public transport, to reduce our impact on the environment and the pressure on the car parks.
There are 3 parking bays at the venue entrance for blue badge holders.
There are regular bus routes to the University Campus (University Bus Hub – 54 / UL) from Stirling City Centre, as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Those wishing to travel by train will find services from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth.
Nextbikes are also available to rent from Stirling City Centre.
For more information on the options available, visit here.
Stirling Court Hotel is an award-winning hotel, situated right on the University of Stirling campus. It offers an excellent number of facilities, including a wide range of room sizes and a relaxing café-bar. The hotel offers dinner, bed and breakfast and bed and breakfast options. As an attendee of the Big Picture Conference, you will receive a discount of 25% on bed and breakfast at the hotel.
Food & Drink
To make sure everyone returns in the afternoon fed and watered, we will be providing lunch in three sittings. Your sitting number will be given to you at registration.
EAT WITH US
During the lunch break, we’ll be serving a warming vegan soup and a selection of sandwiches (non-vegan options available). Please purchase your lunch ticket(s) (£8.95) when you buy your day pass.
If you’d prefer to bring your own food, that’s not a problem. If you’d like to sit down for lunch within the Macrobert Arts Centre, you’ll be provided with a sitting number.
FANCY A STROLL?
If you’d rather a change of scenery at lunch time, there are other eateries within walking distance – such as the cafés on campus or the hotel restaurant, Stirling Court Hotel.
The university cannot guarantee which campus café’s will be open on the day at this stage, but if you’d like to be updated nearer the time, just let us know.
Hot drinks and shortbread will be provided at the mid-morning interval, which is included in the price of your ticket. The venue’s coffee shop will also be open if you feel like something a little extra.
BE PART OF IT
Join us for an unmissable day of inspiring presentations and thought-provoking discussions as we bring rewilding to life.
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