ATF Highland Gathering - Highland Biodiversity

ATF Highland Gathering
June 12th and 13th 2014
Parkland and Pinewoods of Tayside and the Cairngorms
12th June 2014: Wood pasture, parkland and heritage trees
AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP; followed by field trip to Scone Palace Perth
09.00 Registration with tea + coffee on arrival
09.30 Introduction and welcome - Chris Knapman (Devon ATF) + Brian Muelaner (ATF Chair)
09.40 Ted Green (Founder President) “The History of the Ancient Tree Forum's Adventure
'from memory!!!”
10.10 Paul Hanson (Arboretum Internationale) “The practicalities of managing trees of
special interest: To prop or not to prop?”
10.30 Tom Christian Project Officer NTCS and iCONic (RBGE) "Global tree conservation in
Scotland - the work of the National Tree Collections of Scotland and the iCONic project"
11.00 - 11.20 Refreshment break with tea/coffee provided
11.20 “Ancient Tree Inventory in Scotland”: Andrew Fairbairn + Jill Butler (Woodland Trust)
11.50 Suzanne Perry (Natural England) “Surveying wood-pastures”
12.20 Gordon Gray-Stephens (Atlantic Hazel Action Group)
“Atlantic Hazel: Scotland’s Special Woodlands?”
12.40 Questions/Discussion
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch: There are excellent facilities available at Scone Palace, our hosts this
14.00 - 16.30 Field trip: Scone Palace, Perth PH2 6BD,
6BD Pinetum and parkland with Donald
Rodger (Arboricultural Consultant) and Brian Cunningham (Head Gardener)
By kind permission: Scone Estate
17.00 - 19.00 Optional field trip: Heritage trees of Dunkeld
19.30 for 20.00 Conference dinner at Dunkeld Hilton,
Hilton Blairgowrie
Blairgowrie Road, Dunkeld, Perthshire
PH8 0HX (£24.00/head): Arrive early to view heritage trees in grounds e.g. Pedestal Larch
13th June 2014: Caledonian pinewoods, treed landscapes and their ecology
09.30 for 09.45 prompt Field trip at Rothiemurchus Estate with Piers Voysey, Rothiemurchus
Forester. By kind permission of Johnnie and Philippa Grant
Meet at Loch an Eilein car park. Grid Ref NH 89641 08463 Please note that there is a £1.50
per person charge for car parking payable on the day and not included in event booking fee proceeds go towards the upkeep of this special place. Concludes approx. 12.30
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch: Bring packed lunch, or visit Rothiemurchus Centre, or Food Court at
Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Afternoon venue: Peregrine 2 at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore,
Inverness-shire PH22 1PN
14.00 Kate Holl (SNH) “Historical Transhumance in the Scottish Highlands”
14.30 Hayley Wiswell (Cairngorms National Park Authority) “The role of wood ants in pinewood
15.00 Liz Holden (S/E Field Mycologist) “Fungal ecology of Pinewoods”
15.30 - 15.50 Afternoon tea/coffee provided
15.50 Steven Falk (Buglife) “Pinewood invertebrates”
16.10 Dr. Stephen Cavers (NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
“Tree Health and Resilience in Pinewoods”
16.40 Closing remarks and questions Chris Knapman + Brian Muelaner + speaker panel
17.10 Depart
Cost: £15.00 per day (£30.00 whole event).
This is a non-profit making event and any surplus generated in excess of costs will be used by the
Ancient Tree Forum to further its charitable aims towards conserving our ancient trees and the species
that depend on them.
To receive a Booking Form please e-mail [email protected]
Full details, directions and accommodation information will be e-mailed with confirmation of booking.
Anyone interested in arranging a poster display is welcome to e-mail Chris Knapman at
[email protected]
Please note: Depending on weather conditions, midge numbers may be high; it is advised that insect
repellent is carried as a sensible precaution.
For more information on The Ancient Tree Forum go to
On Saturday 14/06/14 The Woodland Trust are holding a tree recording day at Abernethy NNR- All
welcome, contact Jillian Donnachie, People Engagement Officer, Woodland Trust Scotland
[email protected]
We look forward to welcoming you all to Scotland