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Tickets are on sale now

Registration is now open

Have a look at the programme and field trip options, then book your place

Monday 9th September

Travel to venue


Lunch and registration


Welcome to the conference
Welcome. Nick Johannsen, Chair of the Big Chalk partnership
Setting the scene: What can Big Chalk achieve? Bruce Winney, National Landscapes Association
The political and funding landscape: how we might go about making it work. Edel McGurk, Natural England.
The value of the Big Chalk partnership. Sarah Jackson, Limestone Link

Refreshments and networking break
Conference delegates have the opportunity to create an ePoster on the Big Chalk theme, which creates a great opportunity for discussion during conference breaks. If you would like to create a poster contact Anna on

Keynote: Professor Sir John Lawton
Making space for nature: past, present and future


Close of session

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Visit to Butterfly Conservation’s Winchester site

7:30pm for 8:00pm

Dinner at the Holiday Inn

Tuesday 10th September

All day

You’ll be able to attend one field trip, but we ask you to give your top three choices so we can balance numbers. Take a look at the Field Trip information below before you book your place.

7:00 for 7:30pm

Dinner at the Holiday Inn Winchester

After dinner (time tbc)

Walk a few minutes to the Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium for a Dark Skies session delivered by Cranborne Chase National Landscape.

Field Trips

Hinton Ampner Estate, South Downs National Park
Winterbourne Downs and the Stonehenge Estate
Great Bustards, Martin Down NNR and Cranborne Chase
Pewsey Downs and North Wessex Downs
Aston Rowant NNR and Hambledon Valley

Wednesday 11th September


Workshop session – the draft session titles are:
- Ensuring existing and emerging payment schemes deliver for Big Chalk
- Connecting nature's recovery through LNRSs and across Big Chalk
- Innovating for nature 1 - re-imagining monitoring and evaluation
- Innovating for nature 2 - managing successional and mosaic habitats
- Designing a shared future - Big Chalk's programme to 2030
- Big Chalk's role in meeting 30by30 targets

Refreshments and networking break

Second workshop session – you will be able to choose two topics to cover during the morning




Panel discussion: Making Big Chalk happen - how do we make the vision a reality?
Panellists include:
Drew Bennellick, National Lottery Heritage Fund
Alicia Gibson, Finance Earth
Sion McGeever, Defra
Edel McGurk, Natural England
Additional participants to be confirmed

Closing session:
Speaker to be confirmed
Simon Smith, the Cotswolds National Landscape
Nick Johannsen, Chair of the Big Chalk partnership


Close of conference

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