Urgency, Innovation and Collaboration for Lakes, Lochs & Wetlands
The Seven Lochs Partnership hosted the 2023 UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference in Glasgow on 10th and 11th October.
Over two days delegates experienced a trio of thought provoking site visits in the Seven Lochs Wetland Park and Strathclyde Country Park, and received a series of papers which provided:
- European context: climate change impacts on lakes and water systems,
- progress with sustainable urban drainage retrofitting in Glasgow through the City Deal,
- a range of examples of partnership and collaborative working and community engagement with lakes, and;
- lightening talks on tools for lake management.
John Pinder, Chair of the UK and Ireland Lakes Network in summing up said
“The site visits and papers have reflected the theme of the conference ‘Urgency, Innovation and Collaboration’, and delegates have had the opportunity to make new and rekindle existing connections with others working on lakes. Many thanks to all those who supported, hosted and attend the conference for making it a success”.
- Keynote Speaker: European Living Lakes Association – Climate change and water ecosystems in Europe, Udo Gattenlöhner – Global Nature Fund
- Glasgow – City Deal Drainage Retrofit Programme – Objectives and lessons learnt, David Hay – Glasgow City Council
- Multi-Functional nature-based solutions through multi-partner finance, Martin Faulkner – NatureScot
- Sustainable finance for lake protection: a case study from Lake Windermere, Alison Whalley (Environment Agency) and Tim Duckmanton (LDPNA) – Love Windermere Partnership Part 1 and Part 2
- Empowering citizen science: real-time algal bloom monitoring via digital microscopes and artificial intelligence across eight states, Andrew Monk – IoLight
- Bloomin’ Algae in Scotland – a Citizen Science App, Jan Krokowski – SEPA / UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- The Big Windermere Survey: a citizen science approach to monitoring water quality, Lynsey Harper, Freshwater Biological Association
- Restoration of the shallow hyper-eutrophic lake, Kralingse Plas, Netherlands, using Phoslock, Kate Waters-Hart, Phoslock
- Lake-bedtime stories: the value of sediment records for lake restoration, Madeline Moyle and John Boyle, University of Liverpool
- Social gains from lakes, future threats and sustainable protection for nature, Nicola Morris, South West Lake Trust
- The Ecological Network Tool: Using spatial modelling to identify priorities for wetland and woodland creation across north-west England, Lorna Drake, Natural England and Natural Course
- Bullets, birds, and binoculars: engaging people and changing mindsets around Lough Neagh, Peter Harper and Nial O’Neil, Lough Neagh Partnership and D-on Architects