World Wetlands Day 2008 -- UK -- Isle of Man

06/02/2008

World Wetlands Day was celebrated on the Isle of Man in a very creative way, with a full day programme of discussion celebrating Manx Biodiversity, with special emphasis on wetlands. The day began with a presentation on "Healthy wetlands, Healthy people" by the former Secretary General, Peter Bridgewater. The well organised and well attended event was organised and hosted by the Isle of Man Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, particular thanks being due to Liz Charter and Fiona Gell.

Talks that followed reviewed the wetland inventory for the Island, being undertaken to understand possible other nominations for the list, after the successful nomination of Ballaugh Curragh in 2006. Other talks ranged over species and area conservation issues, many with a wetland focus.

The day's proceedings were attending and opened by local politician David Quirk, MHK, and chaired by Professor Trevor Norton and Peter Bridgewater. The meeting was very well attended and reported in local media. Among the conclusions was the need to focus the efforts on different species and habitat groups more effectively in a "joined-up" manner, particularly through a unified publicly-accessible biological recording system. Work is on-going to sift through data for a second nomination from the Island.

Photographs show the speakers and chairs assembled together in the poster display area, Philippa Thompson delivering the results of her wetland Inventory and Chris Sharpe presenting the Manx Bird Atlas, winner of an award for best bird book published in 2007.

Celebrating Manx Biodiversity and Conservation

World Wetlands Day Event

Hosted by the Wildlife and Conservation Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Isle of Man Government

Saturday 2nd February, 2008
Erin Arts Centre, Victoria Square, Port Erin, Isle of Man

Introduction
10.00 Welcome. David Quirk, MHK
10.05 Healthy wetlands, healthy people! Dr Peter Bridgewater, Chairman, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK.

Session 1: Protecting sites of conservation importance

10.25 Introduction to session. Professor Trevor Norton (Chair).
10.30 Ramsar Wetland Inventory for the Isle of Man. Dr Philippa Tomlinson, Wildlife and Conservation Division, DAFF and the Centre for Manx Studies.
10.50 Areas in conservation management. Aline Thomas, Wildlife and Conservation Division, DAFF.
11.10 Manx Wildlife Trust Wildlife Sites Project. Jodie Robertson, Manx Wildlife Trust.

11.30 Refreshments

11.45 Wildlife conservation and the historical perspective in Manx National Heritage. Kate Hawkins, Manx National Heritage.
12.05 The River Management Project. Dr Karen Galtress, DAFF.
12.25 The contribution of the Wildlife Park to conservation. Nick Pinder, Curraghs Wildlife Park, Department of Tourism and Leisure.
12.45 Closing remarks. Professor Trevor Norton.
12.50 Lunch

The Ayres by Steve Wright
During the lunch break this short film will be showing in the Auditorium.

Session 2: Species conservation, recording and research

13.30 Introduction to session. Dr Peter Bridgewater (Chair).
13.35 Searching for rare plant species. Andree Dubbeldam, Wildflowers of Mann, Manx Wildlife Trust.
13.55 The Manx Bird Atlas and beyond - working to conserve the Isle of Man's wild birds and their habitats. Chris Sharpe and Kim Etherton, Manx Bird Atlas.
14.15 Bush crickets - living on the edge. Dr Richard Selman, Wildlife and Conservation Division, DAFF.
14.35 The Manx Bat Group roadside mammal survey. Bob Moon, Manx Bat Group.
14.55 Man at the Crossroads: Moths, Butterflies and Climate Change. Stephen Jeffcoate, Butterfly Conservation.

15.15 Refreshments

15.30 Rare and endangered species in the Ayres National Nature Reserve. Louise Samson, Wildlife and Conservation Division, DAFF.
15.50 Recording amphibians. Luke Simpson, Isle of Man College
16.10 Species biological recording - why and how should we do it? Ed Pooley, Mammal Society.
16.30 Discussion.
16.45 Closing remarks on species conservation, recording and research. Dr Peter Bridgewater.
16.50 Final comments and close. Liz Charter, Wildlife and Conservation Division, DAFF.

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