‘Eyes in the Field’ Wildlife Crime Conference 2015
‘Eyes in the Field’ Wildlife Crime Conference
Buxton, Derbyshire Saturday 21st March 2015
Registration from 08:30 – Pre-bought ticket only
Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) has organised a one-day wildlife crime conference called ‘Eyes in the Field’, based on BAWC’s ‘Recognise, Record, Report‘ initiative. Designed to help all of us tackle wildlife crime, we’re holding the conference in Buxton, Derbyshire and have confirmed some really great speakers (see below).
We are taking bookings for the conference now, and are delighted to announce that thanks to support from the RSPB we are able to drop the ticket prices for this keenly anticipated event – and thanks to the generosity of an anonymous supporter we can give FREE TICKETS to FOUR young conservationists/wildlife activists! Details are below…
BAWC, October 2014: “One thing we don’t need to tell anyone is that wildlife crime is an abuse and a show of disrespect: disprespect to the legal system, disrespect to the animal involved, and disrespect to the vast majority of us who obey laws protecting our wildlife. There’s no need to say that wildlife criminals are arrogant bullies. It’s probably superfluous to add that anyone who poisons a bird of prey, digs up a badger sett, smashes a bed of pearl mussels, or sets a dog on a hare should be punished, and punished properly.
Probably unnecessary, yes, but sometimes it’s good to get these things off your chest. To say it out loud. Amongst people who feel the same way you do. That’s what we’re aiming for with the ‘Eyes in the Field’ conference. Practical solutions, shared experience, and a good rant amongst friends.”
Aimed at ‘the public’ rather than at wildlife crime professionals, the idea behind the conference is to give us all the information we need to help tackle wildlife crime by providing a spread of information on: the impacts of wildlife crime; the work that charities/NGOs do to investigate wildlife crime; the training the police and investigation officers receive in tackling wildlife crime; how the police respond to reports of wildlife crime; and the processes that enable laws to be passed (or repealed) in Parliament.
In alphabetical order our line-up of confirmed speakers is as follows:
- Dr Mark Avery – Conservationist and campaigner
- Alan Charles – Derbyshire Police Crime Commissioner
- (Speaker tbc) – Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group
- Dominic Dyer – Chief-exec Badger Trust and Policy Advisor Care for the Wild International
- Bob Elliot – Head of Investigations RSPB
- Craig Fellowes – Wildlife Crime Training
- Charlie Moores – Birders Against Wildlife Crime
- Chris Packham – Naturalist and broadcaster
- Paul Tillesley – Head of Investigations League Against Cruel Sports
- Dr Ruth Tingay – Conservation scientist
- Chris Williamson MP – Labour MP Derbyshire North
For more details and speaker biographies please go to Speakers ‘Eyes in the Field’ 2015
This will be a very full and interesting day, and we are planning to end the conference with an open panel debate. Throughout the day we will be encouraging audience interaction wherever possible.
Tickets are £40.00 each.
Please note that we have just 110 tickets. They will be sold via email only, and because there are so few available we reserve the right to accept or decline a ticket request. They will not be available on the day.
If you are interested in a ticket please email email@example.com and Charlie will email you payment details etc.
Price includes a seat at all the talks, a two-course buffet lunch (please let us know when you reply whether you prefer a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian option so we can alert the venue well in advance), and tea and coffee throughout the day (non-dairy ‘milk’ will be provided).
Once payment has been accepted and cleared we will email a numbered A4-sized ‘ticket’ to you, which we ask you to print off and bring to the conference as tickets will be used to ‘check in’ each delegate (we’ll keep a copy in case you need another one!).
Tickets will be refundable up until Saturday 28th February 2015.
FYI each ticket will also have a blank area which can be used to write a question for our speakers to answer in a debate at the end of the conference.
We will be providing each delegate with a name badge on registration. These will be used to help identify delegates and check that only ticket-holders gain access to the talks and buffet.
Please let us know by email how you would like to be named on the badge and the name of any organisation you represent if applicable (if buying tickets for other delegates please let us have their information also).
Supporting young conservationists/wildlife activists.
Thanks to generous support from a donor we are able to offer a package which includes free tickets to the conference to four young conservationists/wildlife activists!
- Originally just one package was made available – specifically for Findlay Wilde (left), the remarkable 12 year-old who built ‘Harry the Hen Harrier’ and is undoubtedly a future conservation leader (perhaps we’ll be going to HIM for bursaries in ten year’s time!).
Findlay and his father were offered free tickets to the conference – with just one criterion to fulfil: all that Findlay needed to do in return is to write a short blog post for our website on his experiences (if you’ve not read Findlay’s own blog you’re missing out – see Harry the Hen Harrier’s Winter Roost for example).
Findlay was delighted when we told him. When we reported back to the sponsors, explaining how thrilled he was, we were immediately offered three more packages – preferably to go to two girls and one other boy if at all possible!
These packages are exactly the same as was offered Findlay. They consist of either 1) TWO tickets to the conference (one each for the winning young conservationist/wildlife activist and an accompanying adult), or 2) ONE ticket and paid accommodation local to the conference for one shared room (up to a maximum of £70.00).
We expect that there will be considerable interest in these sponsored ticket/accommodation packages. While we’d like to be able to give free tickets to every young conservationist or wildlife activist who wants one (we know as well as anyone how important it is to encourage and support the next generation of ‘eyes in the field’), we simply can’t – so we need to select three ‘winners’.
We’ve kept the ‘rules’ as simple as possible, and have agreed with our sponsors that we’ll choose who wins by asking entrants to write a short essay explaining why they would like to come to our conference and what they would most like to learn from attending it. We will select the three most original and engaging entries.
- Entrants must be aged between 11 and 16 years old (at the time the essay is submitted) and they must write the essays themselves
- The essay should be between 100-500 words
- The essay must be submitted by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) and received by us no later than midnight November 30th 2014
- We will acknowledge all entries, and notify the winners no later than midnight December 7th 2014
- Our decision is final
- The ticket packages are only valid for the ‘Eyes in the Field’ wildlife crime conference in Buxton on 21st March 2015
- There is no cash alternative to the ticket package, and the package may not be transferred to anyone else unless agreed in advance by Birders Against wildlife Crime
Need more details? Please email email@example.com.
Thanks to a donation from the RSPB which was given to us specifically to lower delegate ticket prices, we have been able to fix prices at £40.00/ticket. We have also been given a donation from the League Against Cruel Sports specifically to produce and disseminate information from the conference ‘post event’, and another from Steve Mills and Hilary Koll of Birdwing.eu which has enabled us to provide additional refreshments to all delegates!