FCCAN Virtual Networking Event – “Rewilding”

Tuesday 8th December, 7pm – 9pm, Online

Network with other groups taking climate action in Fife and learn more about how ‘rewilding’ can support biodiversity and mitigate the climate crisis.

We can’t wait until we can see you all face-to-face again, but in the meantime, we’re going to be holding our next networking event online!

Join us for an inspirational evening with speakers and discussions on “Rewilding”. 

Rewilding is gaining momentum as a new approach to support biodiversity and mitigate the climate crisis. Councils across the UK are looking for new ways to reduce intensive grass cutting and create more natural and vital habitats for wildlife. However, the debate about this topic in communities is sometimes fierce. Fife Council just launched an online grasslands consultation and is looking for people’s views on this topic. During our event, we will discuss ways local organisations can help Fife Council implement their rewilding proposals.

Our speaker for the evening will be Dr Philip Sterling from Butterfly Conservation, who will present on ‘Raising the bar: how to transform every patch of mown grassland to support wildlife’.

Following this, Cllr Ross Vettraino will lead a discussion on how we can stimulate positive community interest in the potential of rewilding green spaces.

There will also be time to network with other Fife community groups, and updates from the Fife Communities Climate Action Network steering group. 

Our networking events share learning and inspiration and can lead to new partnerships and projects. Just bring along your curiosity and ideas.

It would be great to see you all there!

Booking information

This event is for representatives of any Fife community group, charity, community council, development trust etc., who are taking action on the climate crisis, or who would like to get involved.

The event will be held online via Zoom (we’ll have plenty of short breaks!)

It’s free to attend, but please book a place so we know you’re coming along. Zoom joining instructions will be sent out by email before the event.

Our Speaker

Dr Philip Sterling works at Butterfly Conservation and is an expert in urban wildlife. He leads ‘Building Sites for Butterflies’, a national programme encouraging better management of grasslands in urban areas for wildlife. His practical experience in creating and managing urban spaces for wildlife comes from 25 years as an ecologist working for Dorset County Council. In his current role, he is also part of the Brilliant Butterflies partnership with the London Wildlife Trust and Natural History Museum, where they are working with local communities in south London to transform their greenspaces, especially in school grounds and public open spaces, to support wildflowers and butterflies.

Fife Council’s Online Grasslands Consultation

Fife Council’s online grasslands consultation is open until 31st December.
Learn more and find out how you can have your say in our blog.

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