Past Events

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The Galloway and Ayrshire Biosphere and its potential for local enterprise

Thursday 24 January 2008, 7:30 pm

SWANC Group

Speakers: Flora McDowall and Andrew Ward consultation co-ordinator for Galloway) from the Southern Uplands Partnership

A Biosphere is not a 'nature reserve', it is a place where people and the environment sustain each other.  It is intended to explore and demonstrate approaches to regional conservation and sustainable development.  Could the Biosphere designation be useful to local business and what can be learnt from Biospheres in other parts of the world?  How might we influence and be influenced by it?

Meetings held a the Ken Bridge Hotel near New Galloway. 

Talk costs -£2

Climate Change and Flooding

Thursday 21 February 2008, 7:30 pm

SWANC Group

Speaker: Chris Spray - Director of Environmental Science for SEPA

Climate change discussions have often focussed on what the science behind the headlines seems to be saying, and in particular, what and how accurate a range of predictions might be on a global scale.  In the UK, changes in precipitation patterns, snow melt, river flows, coastal surges and temperature have focussed recent attetion on flooding and whether what we are experiencing now is a symptom of climate change.

Meetings held a the Ken Bridge Hotel near New Galloway. 

Talk costs -£2

Rewilding Projects in Scotland - Bringing Back the Lynx?

Thursday 20 March 2008, 7:30 pm

SWANC Group

Speaker: Hetherington from Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.

This talk with consider the feasibility of reintroducing nationally extinct native species - why, where and how?  What is native, why did they die out and is there enough habitat left for them?

Meetings held a the Ken Bridge Hotel near New Galloway.

Talk costs -£2

The practicalities of micro-hydro power systems

Thursday 19 February 2009, 7:30 pm

The practicalities of micro-hydro power systems (for rural homes and businesses - how to site them, what the problems are. Gavin Kingsmith and Richard Langley will illustrate axamples of recent installations, and discuss exciting possibilities for future micro-hydro systems.

Meet: Kenbridge Hotel (junction of New Galloway/Balmaclellan)

7:30pm for the talk and 6pm if you want a pub supper.

Mountain Biking and Acitve Tourism

Thursday 19 March 2009, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Mountain Biking and Acitve Tourism, whats it all about?
Alice Blazy-Winning 7-Stanes Development Co-ordinator (Forestry Commission) will talk about the economic and environmental impacts of the 7-Stanes bike routes. (Mike Hazelhurst of MArthrown of Mabie will be in the audience to answer questions on outdoor tourism activities, including team-building/living-in the-wild experiences.

Meet: Kenbridge Hotel (junction of New Galloway/Balmaclellan)

7:30pm for the talk and 6pm if you want a pub supper.