10 May 2012
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Four Pillars Oxford Thames, Oxford
This year's conservation seminar focuses on issues around protected species and historic buildings, with particular reference to bats. Anyone involved in the conservation and adaptation of old structures will be aware of the ways in which such issues can affect the programming and cost of a project, and that on occasion even essential and urgent repairs can be delayed unacceptably.
The aim of the seminar is to try to achieve a dialogue between the professionals trying to advise on and to carry out such work, and the specialists in local authorities and other bodies whose task is to implement the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Most parties involved agree that the act is open to interpretation, and that consequently its implementation can vary markedly from one authority to another. For professionals and builders acting for clients this can be frustrating; for clients it can be both frustrating and costly.
It is hoped that through discussion it will be possible to arrive at recommendations for simplified procedures that in many cases could overcome the uncertainties and costs that frequently affect even the most modest project, while continuing to afford an appropriate level of protection to the species covered by the act.
It should be an interesting and, we hope, a constructive day. Read the views of building conservation and ecology specialist Andrew Plumridge.
Early bird (before Friday 27 April) - £90 + VAT (£108)
Bookings made after Friday 27 April 2012 - £105 + VAT (£126)