What is the future for the New Forest and its ecology? Learn more at the first annual New Forest Knowledge conference.

Join researchers from Bournemouth, Southampton, Oxford and Gloucestershire Universities, as well as representatives from the Forestry Commission, Verderers and New Forest Association, as we discuss the Forest and its future.

This one-day conference on Tuesday 25th October 2016 will cover the ecology, conservation and management of the New Forest, and encourage attendees to share their thoughts.

The New Forest is widely recognised to be of international importance for wildlife. At the same time, the ecosystems of the New Forest provide many benefits to people, including recreation, rearing of livestock, timber production and clean water. The Forest can be thought of as an integrated system, in which both people and wildlife play a significant part. This system has always been dynamic, and in many ways it has been resilient to environmental change. But how is the Forest changing at the moment? And how might it change in future, given current concerns about climate change?

This conference will explore these issues, by presenting the results of recent research into the ecology and dynamics of the New Forest, focusing both on wildlife and the benefits provided by ecosystems to people, and the impacts of climate change. The afternoon session will include a discussion panel that will reflect on the papers presented, in which attendees are encouraged to participate.

See a provisional programme here.

The New Forest Knowledge conference is part of the Heritage Lottery funded Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme and will take place on Tuesday 25th October 2016. Registration opens at 9.30am and the afternoon session will finish by 5.15pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Tickets are only £15 and can be bought via Eventbrite at https://newforestknowledge-conference-2016.eventbrite.com

**TICKET SALES END WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2016**

For more information, contact New Forest Knowledge Project Officer Kath Walker at kath.walker@newforestcentre.org.uk or call 02380 286150.