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FotO / FNH Conference 2018

The Ochils:- A Special Place
Lecture Theatre Cottrell A3, Stirling University

Saturday 10th November 2018

This year, FNH is linking with the Friends of the Ochils in presenting a conference in celebration not only of the Ochil Hills but also the Friends of the Ochils on their 25th anniversary of the founding of the charity. The Ochils are a distinctive landmark in both the Forth Valley and Strathearn, signalling ‘home’ as they come into view. They stand apart from the Highlands, geologically and historically, an upland landscape that is more intimate than the mountains to north and west, a special place. The conference will explore what makes them special, from aspects of their historical evolution, how they continue to be used, to how they might best be used and managed in the 21st century.

9.00    Registration – Cottrell Lecture Theatre A3 Foyer
9.30    Displays & Book Sales
10.00   Welcome (Richard Tipping: FNH Conference Convenor
10.05   Introduction to the Day (Stuart Dean, Friends of the Ochils)
10.10   A Special Place (Drew Jamieson, Friends of the Ochils)

Session 1: What Makes the Ochils Special ? The Historic Landscape (Chair: Richard Tipping)

10.30   Dumyat, Forteviot and Pictland (Murray Cook, Stirling Region Archaeologist)
10.55   The Hillfoots and the Industrial Revolution (Susan Mills)
11.20   Refreshments, Displays & Book Sales
11.45   Old Woodlands and New Forests (John Gallacher, Ecologist, UPM Tilhill Forestry)
12.10   Field Systems, Cultural Soils and New Forests at Jerah (Clare Wilson, University of Stirling)
12.35   Discussion

12.45   Annual General Meeting (FNH Chair)
12.55   Launch of FNH Journal Volume 41 (Murray Dickie: FNH Journal Editor)

13.00 – 14.00   Lunch

Session 2: What Makes the Ochils Special ? Traces of the Natural World (Chair: Stuart Dean)

14.00   Welcome Back and Introduction (Stuart Dean: Friends of the Ochils)
14.10   Plant Habitats and Challenges in the Ochil Hills (Alistair Godfrey & Liz Lavery)
14.35   Habitat Change and Bird Life in the Ochils (David Jarrett, British Trust for Ornithology)
15.00   Refreshments, Displays & Book Sales

Session 3: Ways forward

15.25   Flood Risk and Natural Flood Management of the Uplands (Heather Forbes, SEPA)
15.50   Enjoying the Ochils: recreation and inspiration (Bob Aitken, independent)
16.15   Coming together: Fragmented Responsibilities and Community Partnerships (Paul Roberts, SNH)
16.40   Discussion

16.55 – 17.00   Conclusion and Thanks: Conference Ends

Where is the conference held?
Stirling University campus has free parking and excellent bus services from Stirling town centre and the railway station. Main venue is the Cottrell Building – enter from car park opposite Logie lecture theatre or via Queens Court and follow signposting.

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