Due to the restrictions and uncertainties caused by the Corvid-19 pandemic, the CMA board has decided not to hold a conference in 2020, with all efforts instead being focussed on delivering a fantastic conference in 2021.
CMA conference 2019
This year’s conference was hosted by the National Trust and the Lake District National Park Authority. Based at Ambleside YHA from the 9th to the 11th October, we were treated to some excellent speakers and fascinating site visits, with a theme around landscape scale approaches to countryside management.
Building on the ‘Bigger, Better and More Joined Up’ approach outlined in the ‘Making Space for Nature’ review carried by Sir John Lawton the conference provided a chance for CMA members to develop their awareness and understanding of the impacts of countryside management at a landscape level.
Through a series of presentations, workshops and fieldtrips the conference looked at topical talking points such as rewilding, biodiversity connectivity and pollinators; discussed landscape projects which feature current and future issues around conservation, farming, water catchment and heritage protection; and heard about the experiences, ideas and best practice from fellow countryside professionals looking to encourage a wider vision for countryside management beyond a park or site boundaries. Click to view the conference programme
Co-organiser Steve Peach has provided an excellent Conference Report, including notes from the CMA AGM and Gordon Miller Award.
The following links lead to some of the presentations given at the conference:
- Martin Wain (Butterfly Conservation): Farmer Clusters
- Professor Lois Mansfield: Landscape Scale Management – Pros and cons for upland farmers
- Roger Cole: European Ranger Federation
- Chris Jones: Scottish Countryside Ranger Association update
- Urs Wegman: Swiss Ranger Association presentation
- Gordon Miller Award winner: The Environment and Me (TEaM)
The CMA aims to organise a annual conference or seminar, often focussing on a topical theme and located in a different part of the UK (excluding Scotland) each year. Listed below are programmes, photos and links to presentations from recent conferences.