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PROJECT PRESENTATIONS - here are some key presentations delivered during the project 

(each presentation title is preceded by the date given in the format YYMMDD)

180712 CIEEM Summer Conference - Paul Sizeland SNH (A2676562)

... given to the CIEEM summer conference 2018 "Fit for the future - building a resilient protected areas network"; gives an introduction to the project, the ecological coherence protocol, includes some case studies and indicates how the project contributes to SNH's review of protected areas. Learn more here

171012 Central Scotland Green Network Habitat Network Project - Paul Sizeland SNH(A2429620)

... gives an indication of how the project's mapping outputs might serve to assist with quantifying the potential for the habitat network opportunity within the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area.  The habitats are as determined under the priorities set by the CSGN strategic targets to 2025. For more information about the CSGN delivery plan learn more here

170609 - EcoCoLife risk management Life Platform meet Cambridge - Kerry Wallace SNH (A2308575)

... gives a brief overview of the project and explains EcoCoLife's approach to managing risks.

170525 Carnwath Cluster launch Lanarkshire's Large Heaths and Mosses - Restoring Precious Peatlands - David Hill Butterfly Conservation (A2311352)

... developed by Butterfly Conservation Scotland, this presentation provides an overview of a new cluster of peatland sites identified through the Ecological Coherence Protocol during the lifetime of the project for management and improvement works.

170511 - EcoCoLife - EULife Platform meet Tallinn Estonia - Paul Sizeland SNH (A2298022)

... gives a brief overview of the project and focuses on how the project has identified and assessed ecosystem services being delivered through the project and how this approach has implications for planning policy. The full range of presentations and conference proceedings from the Tallinn meeting can be seen here

170509 EcoCo a practitioners perpective ialeUK Student workshop Edinburgh - Paul Sizeland SNH (A2298018)

... gives a complete overview of the project with examples of how the project has used habitat, ecosystem services and opportunity mapping to determine where the best places for people and wildlife are best targeted across the CSGN area. It also includes a brief appraisal of how well the appoach followed by the proejct has worked.

170404_05 Brighton River Restoration Conference - Glazert Catchment - Roberto Martinez SEPA - Clare Rogers Royal Haskoning DHV (A2267893)

... provides an overview of the SEPA managed Glazert catchment project component in East Dunbartonshire focusing on the main opportunities for river restoration under Water Framework Directive (WFD) drivers. 

161215 Ecosystem Services in EcoCo MAES workshop Brussels - Alistair Whyte SNH (A1823350)

... gives a brief introduction to the project and explains how EcoCoLife assesses ecosystem services to inform a European workshop held by the Mapping & Assessment of Ecosystem Services (MAES)  initiative of the Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE).

1605 Peatland restoration in the East Ayrshire Coalfields ERASMUS - Hedmark Norway Daisy Whytock EACEI (A2249325)

... by the East Ayrshire Coalfields Environment Initiative gives an introduction to their work as funded by Life and others given to a gathering of the Erasmus European education forum.


IMAGINARY FORESTS - EcoCoLIFE's innovative 'Circus Whilst You Shop' theatre shows

Through EcoCoLIFE, Rowanbank Environmental Arts and Education theatre company delivered a series of 'Circus Whilst You Shop' performances at various shopping centres across the Central Belt.  Using acrobatics, trapeze work, stilt-walking and music, the 'Imaginary Forests' show of a group of displaced forest dwellers trying to find their lost tree, captivated 2,700 people through 18 performances in six different venues, with around 8,500 views of the videos on social media!  Here's a short taster of the magical show, and longer one too.

Here's the final report, and there's also a series of short, engaging and humourous videos which chronicle Granny Lichenleaf, Moomai, Lulu Whizzlegs, Azan Shooopard, and Tunthunker as they explore the urban world of concrete in their search for the lost green spaces...

Socio-economic Impact Assessment

EcoLIFE assessed the value and benefits the project has had for people and the local economy, and we've found many significant effects.  These include positive impacts on people’s health and well-being, the incredible value that volunteers provide to the project, the role of the  project in stimulating local suppliers and contractors, the effect on employment across the project area, amongst other findings.  The assessment uses both quantitative and qualitative measures, and six case studies give in-depth analyses of the project’s impacts.  The full report can be found here.


EcoCoLIFE's final conference report and presentations

The final conference celebrated EcoCoLIFE's successes and shared lessons learnt from its experiences other landscape-scale projects in the UK and Internationally. 

The conference report is available here

The programme is available here

The presentations are also available:

EcoCoLife - the story so far: Paul Sizeland, SNH

Species and habitat conservation

The Hydroscape project: Nigel Willby, University of Stirling

EcoCoLife speakers:

Slammanan Plateau peatland restoration: Scott Shanks, Buglife

Baronshaugh, Cemetery Marsh wetlands & meadows creation: Mark Mitchell, RSPB

Garnock floodplain reconnection: Gill Smart, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Ecosystem services and resilience to climate change

Ecosystem services, and resilience to climate and environmental change: Marc Metzger, Edinburgh University

EcoCoLife speakers:

Skinflats managed realignment: Yvonne Boles, RSPB

Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve restoration: David Pickett, SNH

River restoration, the Tyne and Glazert catchments: Charlie Perfect, SEPA

The benefits that connections to nature bring to people

LIFE Green-Go!Carpathians: Piotr Mikołajczyk -

EcocoLife speakers:

Volunteer engagement with the East Ayrshire coalfields: Daisy Whytock, East Ayrshire Coalfields Environment Initiative

EcoCoLife socio-economic assessment: Donatien VonRohland, Scottish Natural Heritage

The Bog Squad: David Hill, Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Introduction to the revised Ecological Coherence Protocol

B-lines across central Scotland: Suzanne Burgess, Buglife

Inner Forth & A practitioner’s guide: Kate Fuller, Inner Forth Futures

Peat Damming Techniques

Peat Damming Techniques;- methods of installation by OpenSpace

Peat dams - method of installation

Plastic piling - method of installation

Small bunds - method of installation

Peat edge re-profiling - method of installation

Deep trench bunds - method of installation

Monitoring reports

Monitoring reports

Management Zone Site site Site
Barns Ness (Whitesands) Whitesands Quarry - Wetland    
Baronshaugh Cemetery Marsh - Wetland  
Blawhorn Moss Blawhorn Moss - Peatland    
Carnwath Cluster Cranley Moss - Peatland Braehead Moss - Peatland Blacklaw Moss - Peatland
East Ayrshire Coalfields Airds Moss - Peatland Common Farm - Peatland Dalmellington Moss - Peatland
East Ayrshire Coalfields Low Moss - Peatland Shiel Farm - Peatland Tappethill Moss - Peatland
Falkirk Stepping Stones Avonglen - OMH Bonnyfield LNR - OMH Forge Dam - OMH
Falkirk Stepping Stones Rough Castle - OMH Wester Dam - Wetland  
Flanders Moss Flanders Moss - Peatland    
Garnock Valley Bankhead Moss - Peatland Bogside Flats - Wetland Dubbs Water - Freshwater
Garnock Valley Eglington Country Park - Wetland Garnock Floods - Wetland Hunterston Tern Island - Wetland
Garnock Valley Lochwinnoch - Wetland Oldhall Ponds - Wetland Stevenson Ardeer Quarry - Wetland
Garnock Valley Tarryholme - Wetland    
Glazert Catchment Glazert Catchment Options - Freshwater    
Inner Forth Black Devon Wetlands - Wetlands Bolfornought Farm Hedge - OMH Bo'ness Railway Wildflowers - OMH
Inner Forth Bridgeness Ship Breakers - OMH Calachem Green Roof - OMH Cambus Pools - Wetland
Inner Forth Garibaldi Bing - OMH Grangemouth School Green Roof - OMH Grangepans Meadow - OMH
Inner Forth Kinneil Estate Nest Boxes - OMH Kinneil House Wildflowers - OMH Skinflats - Wetland
Inner Forth Wester Moss - Peatland    
Slamannan Plateau  Fannyside Muir - Peatlands    
Tyne Catchment Knowes Weir - Freshwater    


the Afterlife conservation Plan outlines the actions that will be continued beyond the life of the project as far as is known at April 2019.  download it from the link; Afterlife conservation Plan


Layman's Report

A concise pictorial summary of the achievements of EcoCoLife can be found in the Layman's Report


SGP event - Joining up Nature in Practice 

Programme for the day;   Presentation 1, Jonathan Porter - International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK)Presentation 2, Brian McDonald, Natural EnglandPresentation 3, Paul Sizeland. SNH;  Programme for the Day;  

Case Study Posters - Amy Gove, Scottish Water, Assessing Peatland IntegrityHugh Chalmers, Tweed Forum, Eddlestone WaterIan MacKenzie, SWT, Edinburgh Pollinator PledgeNeville Makan, SNH, Carse of Stirling ProjectScott Shanks, Buglife, The Slammanan Bog ProjectShona McConnell, SEPA, Catchment Scale RestorationDarren Moseley, Forest Research, Modelling and Mapping Ecological Network Connectivity, Coherence and Resilience to Inform Decision MakingDoug Shapley, RSPB, Targeting Atlantic Woodland Conservation

Final Report

Download the EcoCoLife Final Report here. Confidential and sensitive information has been removed.  If you would like further information indicated in the report and in particular referenced as an Annex, please feel invited to contact any member of the project team here.