Nature Recovery Conference Wales

The Nature Recovery Conference Wales will highlight remarkable contributions to conservation.

On 14-15 September 2024, Folly Farm will co-host a Nature Recovery Conference with The Bug Farm, St Davids. Nature Recovery Conference Wales will be an opportunity for conservationists across the country to come together, highlighting remarkable contributions to conservation from a variety of individuals, NGOs, zoos, and charities.

More information including the itinerary, ticket purchasing, and accommodation options will be available soon on this page – so please save the date for now and keep checking this page for updates.

Conference Aims and Objectives

Britain is one of the most nature depleted countries in Europe and it’s widely accepted a critical juncture has been reached on the state of our natural environment. In Wales alone, the 2023 State of Nature Report found that of 3,897 species, 18% are threatened with extinction. Since 1994, the abundance of land and freshwater species has fallen on average fallen by 20% across Wales.

The challenges around the nature emergency cannot be solved in isolation, they require an integrated response. National and local conservationists are invited to gather on 14-15 September 2024 to present and discuss a range of initiatives to reverse the decline of nature in Wales at a conference hosted by Folly Farm, a zoo and rare-breed farm attraction in Pembrokeshire. The conference will explore the collaborative action needed to help nature recover.

The main aims are to:

  • Highlight some key nature recovery projects occurring across Wales and the UK.
  • Offer a professional networking opportunity to share ideas, stimulate communication and encourage partnership opportunities.
  • Understand the different approaches that organisations undertake a conservation project and how these different approaches might be helpful to other projects.
  • Highlight the work of zoological collections across the UK and discover how time, expertise, and funding can aid native species recovery programmes.

This two-day meeting will represent a diverse range of interest groups including conservation charities, zoological organisations, community renaturing groups, conservation and reintroduction specialists, wildlife groups, landowners, eco-tourism centres, higher colleges, universities, and government bodies working with the environment. The conference will also be of huge benefit to conservation students and educators to demonstrate the work that is being done across the country.

There will be presentations from a wide range of speakers exploring how to recover threatened and iconic animal and plant species through species reintroduction, community engagement and citizen science, providing more habitat and wildlife corridors. There will be opportunities to visit local renaturing initiatives and the second day of the conference will include an exclusive tour of The Bug Farm, in St Davids, an innovative and unique research and visitor centre, 100-acre farm, and nature reserve.

Most importantly the conference will act as a catalyst for the creation of new project ideas. Nature restoration cannot be tackled single handed – alone we are strong, together we are stronger.

Conference steering committee members

The conference steering committee is made up of conservationists from across Wales and the UK. They have been working hard to create a conference that will help to inspire collaborative action in the face of a nature emergency.

  • Jack Gradidge, Conservation Officer, Folly Farm
  • Sarah Beynon, Founding Director, Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm
  • Lucy Groves, UK Programmes Manager, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Professor Carl Jones MBE, Chief Scientist, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Laura Gardner, Director of Conservation, Wildwood Trust
  • Kevin Caley, Ecologist, Caley Consulants, Llanteg and Amroth Renaturing Community
  • Tom Bailey, Origin Vets, Llanteg and Amroth Renaturing Community
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