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Big Chalk Conference 2024

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Welcome to the Big Chalk Conference 

Big Chalk is a big idea – connecting nature conservation and related activities across the calcareous (chalk and limestone) landscapes of southern England.
Covering 19% of England’s land area (including 26 Local Nature Recovery Strategy zones), Big Chalk seeks to demonstrate that landscape connectivity is possible on a large scale, increasing ecological resilience and helping wildlife respond to climate change. It gives life to the Making Space for Nature principles of more, bigger, better and joined-up spaces for nature at a scale greater than most conservation frameworks. It achieves this by championing, supporting and connecting partner-led activity on the ground.

This major conference will, for the first time, bring together colleagues and organisations involved in creating thriving calcareous landscapes across southern England.

This event is organised by the National Landscapes Association and supported financially by Defra through the Protected Landscape Partnership. The Partnership brings together Natural England with the national organisations representing England’s National Landscapes, National Parks and National Trails to collaborate, share knowledge and tackle common objectives including nature recovery and public access. 

Dates: 9th – 11th September 2024



The conference includes a field trip day; have a look at the programme before you book as you will need to have chosen your trip options.


We are seeking like-minded sponsors to help keep ticket prices as low as possible. Find out more about sponsorship benefits.


We’ve kept it really simple: the only choice you need to make for your ticket is would you like accommodation too? The conference is heavily subsidised so we hope everyone can attend the full event.

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