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Teagasc Biodiversity Conference 2011

Date: 25 - 26 May, 2011

Location: Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford



Wednesday, 25th May
09:00 Conference Registration
10:00 Introduction and welcome
Dr Noel Culleton (Head of Crops Environment and Land Use Programme, Teagasc)
10:10 Keynote address: The Burren Farming for Conservation Programme: lessons learned and progress to date (10.6MB, PDF format)
Dr Sharon Parr (Burren Farming for Conservation Programme)
10:50 Agri-environmental policy perspectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (5.3MB, PDF format)
Dr Andy Bleasdale (National Parks and Wildlife Service)
11:10 Coffee
11:40 Keynote address: Arable management options in the UK agri-environment scheme: the research behind the options (7.1MB, PDF format)
Prof Nick Sotherton (Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK)
12:20 Important areas of plant diversity outside of designated areas: where are they? (2.6MB, PDF format)
Dr Matthew Jebb (National Botanic Gardens)
12:40 A critical source area approach to the development of supplementary measures for high-status waterbodies (1.9MB, PDF format)
Dr Donnacha Doody (Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute)
13:00 Panel Discussion
13:20 Lunch
14:20 Keynote address: Environmental public goods and the post-2013 CAP (1.5MB, PDF format)
Dr David Baldock (Institute for European Environmental Policy, UK)
15:00 Three minute poster presentations (1)

Learning to improve agri-environmental schemes: using experts’ judgements to assess the environmental effectiveness of the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (585KB, PDF format)
Dr David Bourke

Halting biodiversity loss: the potential of High Nature Value farming in north-west Ireland (792KB, PDF format)
Pamela Boyle

Upland commonages in Connemara – can biodiversity be used to inform sustainable agri-environmental policy? (443KB, PDF format)
Brendan Canning

Probability of pollinator occurrence increases with duration of AES participation and floral diversity (499KB, PDF format)
Tim Carnus

Impact of riparian vegetation structure on small mammal communities (1.7MB, PDF format)
Daire Ó hUallacháin

The National Survey of Upland Habitats (2MB, PDF format)
Dr Jennifer Roche

Development and design of locally targeted HNV programmes in Ireland – The Aran Islands Case Study (3.6MB, PDF format)
Dr Patrick McGurn
15:30 Coffee and posters
15:50 Keynote address: HNV farming policy – progress to-date & future challenges (11MB, PDF format)
Dr Guy Beaufoy (Ecological Consultant, Spain)
16:30 The environmental impact of REPS: lessons learned & future prospects (677KB, PDF format)
Dr John Finn (Teagasc)
16:50 Invasive species in Ireland (15MB, PDF format)
Dr Noeleen Smyth (National Botanic Gardens)
17:10 Summary and Panel Discussion
Prof Gerry Boyle, (Director Teagasc)
Thursday, 26th May
09:00 Keynote address: Biodiversity options in agri-environment schemes for more intensive farmers
Dr Simon Mortimer (The University of Reading)
09:40 Improving floral and invertebrate diversity in grassland field margins (1.3MB, PDF format)
Ms Rochelle Fritch (Teagasc, University College Dublin)
10:00 What is the conservation potential of grasslands on lowland farms (7MB, PDF format)
Dr Caroline Sullivan (Humboldt State University)
10:20 High nature value meadows: results from a national grassland survey (5.6MB, PDF format)
Dr Jim Martin (Botanical Environmental & Conservation Consultants)
10:40 Coffee
11:00 Keynote address: Identification and distribution of HNV farmland in Germany (1.7MB, PDF format)
Mr Daniel Fuchs (PAN, Germany)
11:40 Habitats in the Irish farmed landscape (2.7MB, PDF format)
Dr Helen Sheridan (University College Dublin)
12:00 Pollinators and pollination networks in Irish farmland: implications for conservation of pollination services (3.2MB, PDF format)
Dr Jane Stout (Trinity College Dublin)
12:20 Monitoring previous agri-environment schemes in Northern Ireland-a review (1.5MB, PDF format)
Dr Jim McAdam (Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute)
12:40 Panel Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Keynote address: Evidence-based selection of catchments and measures for conservation and recovery of freshwater pearl mussel populations in Ireland (14.5MB, PDF format)
Dr Evelyn Moorkens (Ecological Consultant, Ireland)
14:40 Three minute poster presentations (2)

Positive effects of sown evenness on sward biomass across three years, nitrogen application and cutting intensity (483KB, PDF format)
Tim Carnus

Can current Irish riparian management practices enhance ground beetle diversity? (1.5MB, PDF format)
Donncha Madden

Hay meadow plant communities on the Shannon Callows: responses to summer flooding and changes in management (5MB, PDF format)
Catriona Maher

Cessation of grazing - the effects on land snail communities in farmed grassland, scrub and woodland habitats in the Burren region in the west of Ireland (2MB, PDF format)
Maria Long

HNV farming and the management of upland biodiversity on the Iveragh Peninsula, South Kerry
Dr Eileen O’Rourke

Floral resources for bumblebees on Irish farmland (1MB, PDF format)
Veronica Santorum

Agri-environment management of grassland field margins (1.8MB, PDF format)
Sharon Spratt

The food versus fuel debate – what effect will replacing traditional crops with Miscanthus x giganteus have on farmland biodiversity? (2.5MB, PDF format)
Dara Stanley
15:10 Coffee and posters
15:30 The role of habitat creation in the recovery of the Irish grey partridge Perdix perdix (1.4MB, PDF format)
Mr Kieran Buckley (National Parks and Wildlife Service)
15:50 REPS and farmland bird populations: results and recommendations from the Farmland Birds Project (1MB, PDF format)
Dr Alex Copland (Birdwatch Ireland)