Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference 2020

“Responding to the crisis for nature in Wales”

This conference will now be held online between November 23-27.

The conference is a free event. Save the date in your diary now – online registration will open later this autumn.

Anyone with an interest in biodiversity and ecosystem action is welcome to attend to discuss, share ideas, learn and collaborate on delivering the Nature Recovery Action Plan in Wales. Key players from the public, private and voluntary sectors will be in attendance, and the conference is delighted to welcome the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. Delegates are welcome to attend the conference every day, or for days or sessions of their choice

Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference 2018

National Museum Wales

The conference presentation videos are now available.

A big thank you to speakers, contributors & delegates who made the conference a great success!

Day 1 Presentation

All nature does for us…communicating values and incentivising action Professor Julia Jones, Bangor University

Day 1 Presentation

Restoring the balance Duncan Sinclair, Powys Moorland Partnership

Day 1 Presentation

Do arable weeds matter? Cath Shellswell, Plantlife

Day 1 Presentation

A Celebration of LIFE – the EU’s programme supporting environmental and nature conservation projects. Catherine Duigan Natural Resources Wales

Day 2 Presentation

Measuring the Health and Wellbeing Impacts of Environmental Programmes using Health Impact Assessment: Case Studies from Wales Nerys Edmonds, Public Health Wales

Day 2 Presentation

Geodiversity of the Brecon Beacons – why it matters Alan Bowring, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Day 2 Presentation

Learning for Life – the role of outdoor learning in wellbeing Tim Orrell, Swansea Council

Day 1 Presentation

Ministerial address Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn AM

Day 1 Presentation

Landscape-scale conservation: Using the past to inform the future Dr Kevin Watts, Forestry Research

Day 1 Presentation

B-Lines – a Wales wide network Matt Shardlow, Buglife

Day 2 Presentation

Keynote address The Environment for Future Generations Jacob Ellis, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Day 2 Presentation

Actif Wood Wales – Improving health and wellbeing, developing confidence and learning woodland skills Amie Andrews and Maggie Elsey-Cox, Small Woods

Day 2 Presentation

Restoring native broadleaves and biodiversity on a Planted Ancient Woodland Site – a steep eighteen-year learning curve!

Sue Price, Ruperra Conservation Trust

Day 1 Presentation

Welsh Government Policy Update Peter McDonald, Welsh Government

Day 1 Presentation

Living Seas Wales: Showcasing Wales’ Marine Wildlife Laura Evans and Beverley Phillips, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Day 1 Presentation

A Butterfly Indicator for Wales Russel Hobson, Butterfly Conservation

Day 2 Presentation

The Nature of Health Malcolm Ward, Public Health Wales

Day 2 Presentation

Environmental community youth engagement in the 21st Century Francis Curran

Day 2 Presentation

The Long Forest Project Shane Hughes, Keep Wales Tidy

Find out about previous WBP Conferences

The 2016 Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference was held in Bangor University on 7-8th September, bringing together policy makers, practitioners and industry to share ideas and discuss the opportunities which are to be had in uncertain times.

The first day focused on the National Natural Resource policy and the Nature Recovery Plan for Wales, the second day on biodiversity initiatives being taken forward by industry, and the challenges to achieve the well-being goals in the Well Being of Future Generations Act.

Several speakers addressed the nature of change, and stressed the importance for those involved in nature conservation to adapt and find new ways of working to combat the many challenges. The Conference coincided with the publication of SoNaRR, the State of Natural Resources Report, by Natural Resources Wales, and there was much focus on what this will mean for Wales. Brexit will inevitably bring new ways of working.

Delegates had a choice of attending workshops on SoNaRR, Ancient Woodland Restoration, the Caru Gwenyn project and the Nature Recovery Plan, or a field trip to Cors Erddreiniog on Anglesey. They also partook in several discussion groups and Question and Answer sessions with a panel of speakers.

The Chair summed up the Conference with a call to bring in new partners and engineer a big shift in the ways people think about nature. Problems with funding can often cause difficulties but these can be overcome by addressing the problems in smart and imaginative ways.

WBP Conference 2016

7th & 8th September 2016 Bangor University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2016

WBP Conference 2015

9th & 10th September 2015 Aberystwyth University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2015

WBP Conference 2014

10th & 11th September 2014 Cardiff University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2014

WBP Conference 2013

18th & 19th September Bangor University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2013

WBP Conference 2012

12th - 13th September; University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2012

WBP Conference 2011

14th & 15th September Trinity College Carmarthen

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2011

WBP Conference 2010

15th & 16th September, Bangor University

  1. Conference proceedings 2010

UK BAP Conference 2010

23 & 24th Nov, Stirling

The conference theme reflected on the new targets for biodiversity at UN and EU levels.

  1. Conference Proceedings UK 2010

WBP Conference 2009

16th & 17th September, University of Glamorgan

  1. Conference proceedings 2009

UK Biodiversity Conference

‘Delivering for Nature’ 10–11 September 2008, Aberystwyth University

  1. Conference proceedings 2008

WBP Conference 2007

12th & 13th September, Wrexham University

The conference write-up focused on the workshop sessions

  1. WBP Conference 2007

Featuring a Ministerial address from Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn AM, key note speakers, practitioner talks and workshops, the conference is a key tool in Wales’ aspirations to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem resilience in Wales and an opportunity to develop nature recovery actions in combination with wider policy initiatives. Networking sessions and opportunities for collaboration and future partnerships are a central theme of the event.

Wales has unique legislation in place to deliver nature recovery and multiple benefits for our environment, economy, and society. The Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales, the Environment (Wales) Act and future land management reform post-Brexit are central to this approach. The Well-being of Future Generations Act provides a framework for decision-making in the delivery of multiple benefits to current and future generations through well-being planning which need to be reflected in our new approach. The approach sets out the links between environment, health and well-being and the opportunities and challenges which we can address through our plans and actions at multiple scales.

WBP Conference - Overview and Draft Programme version 2 20.08.2018

Species in Wales

Amphibians & Reptiles



Terrestrial Mammals



Helping Wildlife

Wildlife Gardening