FREEING THE LANDSCAPE: Grazing animals as ecosystems engineers
The Knepp Vera Conference
A snapshot of the two days
Founding member of the Ancient Tree Forum and former English Nature Conservation consultant to the Crown Estate at Windsor
Renowned ecologist and ornithologist, involved in the Oostvaardersplassen since 1979
Freeing the landscape – grazing animals as ecosystems engineers
Geoarchaeologist and environmental archaeologist who has specialises in in the 10,000-year history of chalk grasslands.
Chalk grasslands: man or nature? The archaeological subfossil snail evidence
Dr Keith Alexander
Freelance Ecological Consultant
Beetles open a window into the past – sub-fossil evidence of a more open post-glacial forest.
Ecologist and lichenologist, has spent 30 years learning from the New Forest and visiting old growth woodlands across Europe.
Lichens, grazing and woodland structure; or a tale of two forests
UK Conservation adviser, Woodland Trust and specialist in ancient and other veteran trees, wood pastures and parkland.
Perceptions of primeval forest – Britain’s ancient oaks challenge the myth
President of the British Ecological Society, trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute
Grazers and Browsers for Conservation in the UK
National specialist on nature for the National Trust, is writing on the ecology of the Purple Emperor butterfly. Major breakthroughs have been made at Knepp.
Discovering the Purple Emperor – insights gained from rewilding at Knepp
Owner of Knepp Castle Estate and chair of Rewilding Britain.
Rewilding Knepp: how the economics stack up
Knepp's resident ecologist is putting together the ten year review of the rewilding project.
Turtle doves and nightingales: the wildlife results of Knepp
Scottish Director, Rewilding Britain
A Vision for a Rewilded Scotland
Landscape ecologist, and grazing and predation expert at ARK Nature. Since 2005 he has worked on the reintroduction of wisent (bison) in the Dutch dunes near Zandvoort.
Bison, wild cattle and horses in the Kraansvlak and Maashorst, The Netherlands
Head of Environment for Forest Enterprise England, observer on the Rewilding Britain Board of trustees and former Nature Conservancy Council forest ecologist
Change and Necessity: the way ahead for UK Conservation
Bill Sutherland & Nancy Ockendon
Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge, President of the British Ecological Society, and a huge fan of Frans Vera.
Future challenges and opportunities for rewilding and restoration
Leader of the groundbreaking 2010 review of England’s wildlife sites -‘Making Space for Nature’, and President of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (God’s own county)
Making Even More Space for Nature
Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London, an ecologist with special interest in plant-herbivore interactions.