November 2013: The intensification of conservation: Essential combination or contradiction in terms?

This meeting will take a look at the farmed landscape, which has been described as the most damaged landscape in the UK, and how agricultural pressures are causing a decline in biodiversity, with species and plants struggling to find space within highly productive systems.

The impact of agriculture on the environment can be softened through compulsion (‘greening’) or motivating land managers through the incentives of agri-environment schemes. The ‘intensification of conservation’ (more biodiversity from less land through positive management) will be considered by key speakers.


  • Dr Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscapes, The Wildlife Trusts
  • Dr Alastair Leake, Director of Policy, GWCT