Webinars

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network runs webinars to share good practice, new tools and resources around the UK. These are one of our most popular services, serving many who otherwise could not access this type of learning opportunity due to budget or travel restrictions.

We have the experience of running over 75 webinars. For recordings of selected events that have already taken place, see our webinar library

We also run the Natural Capital Finance & Investment Forum, a popular subscription service that includes webinars on the topic of financing environmental restoration. 

Upcoming webinars

Every month of the year we run free webinars featuring tools and projects from around the UK. Join our network for free and you will be the first to be notified.

Natural capital for people and place

24th June 2021, 1-2 pm

In localities throughout the UK, there is a growing need for a shared understanding of the natural environment. Based on this understanding, we can enhance nature and human wellbeing. Join this free webinar to explore how Natural England's new Natural Capital Evidence Handbook can support you in place-based planning and decision-making. The Handbook is designed to foster collaborative working and partnership between all those who can shape places fit for the future. In particular, it helps you to make the most of the Natural England natural capital evidence and resources already available. In this webinar, Tricia Rice and Alice Lord from Natural England will introduce you to the Handbook. They will explain how you can use it to apply natural capital evidence throughout strategic decision-making to help recover nature for people and wildlife in your place. Register here.

Payments for ecosystem services and the delivery of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Wales. Stories, lessons and challenges

28th & 29th June 2021, 1-2 pm
In conjunction with the Welsh Government Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) funded PES Collaborative Learning Group, Ecosystems Knowledge Network is hosting two webinars to share learning from a set of pioneering initiatives that are delivering sustainable management of natural resources in Wales. This is an exciting opportunity to reflect on emerging lessons and promising directions arising from work so far. Contributors will include The Black Mountains Land Use Partnership, The ‘A Pumlumon PES’ SMS project, The Welsh Peatlands SMS project, The Powys Moorlands Project SMS, the Fferm Ifan farmer group, and Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water’s, Brecon Beacon Mega Catchment Project. Whether you are based within Wales or beyond, you are invited to join these free webinars to learn and to share your perspectives. Two interactive webinars:

Part A: 1-2 pm 28th June (register here).
Part B: 1-2 pm 29th June (register here).

The Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) is supported by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas.

Managing road verges for nature, the environment and people

24th June 2021, 1-2 pm

Road verges form a network of habitats that cover 1.2% of land in Great Britain. Verges can support a surprising diversity of species, yet are generally managed with little regard for wildlife. Over the past decade, there have been growing calls for councils and highways authorities to manage road verges for nature. Alongside this has been a growing realisation of the potential role of verges (including street trees) as green infrastructure, with an opportunity to provide broader environmental and social benefits (e.g. carbon storage, improved air quality, and access to nature).

In this webinar, Ben Phillips (University of Exeter), Kate Petty (Plantlife) and Phil Sterling (Butterfly Conservation) discuss their work to improve road verges for nature, the environment and people. They will ask: 1. Why do road verges matter? 2. What about roadkill and pollution? 3. How can we better manage our verges? And, 4. How can we implement this in practice? The talk will combine the latest in road verge research (including that carried out over the past four years at the University of Exeter), road verge management guidelines (from Plantlife’s campaign – created in partnership with highways authorities and conservation organisations), and practical examples from across the UK (including pioneering work in Dorset). Register here.

See our listing of previous webinars, with links to selected recordings.