REVIVE, the coalition for grouse moor reform is holding its 2021 national conference at Perth Concert Hall on Sunday 14th November.
REVIVE’s first conference was held at the Perth Theatre in 2019 and was a sell out event. Two years on, interest and support for the coalition’s aims continues to grow so this year’s conference has been moved to the larger concert hall venue. Perth Concert Hall has implemented a suite of measures to help everyone stay safe – see here.
This year’s conference will be hosted by Chris Packham and the names of those speaking/presenting have just been announced in the preliminary programme, as follows:
10.00: Doors open/registration
10.30: Welcome, by Chris Packham
11.00 – 12.30: SESSION ONE, More wildlife on our moors
Ruth Tingay, Raptor Persecution UK
Robbie Marsland, League Against Cruel Sports Scotland
Kirsty Jenkins, OneKind
Colin Smyth, MSP Scottish Labour, South of Scotland
12.30 – 13.30: lunch
13.30 – 13.40: Welcome back, by Chris Packham
13.40 – 14.00: Polling and public attitudes to grouse shooting, by Mark Diffley (Director, Diffley Partnership)
14.00 – 15.00: SESSION TWO, Energising our Environment
Dr Helen Armstrong, Broomhill Ecology & author of A Better Way
Nikki Gordon, John Muir Trust
Duncan Orr-Ewing, RSPB Scotland
Mark Ruskell, MSP Scottish Greens, Mid-Scotland and Fife
15.00 – 15.20: short break
15.20 – 16.20: SESSION THREE, Land reform, people and power
Duncan McCann, economist and author of Our Land
Robin McAlpine, Common Weal
Lesley Riddoch, journalist, broadcaster and campaigner
16.20: Closing speeches (full line-up tbc)
Andy Wightman, author, campaigner & former MSP
As well as presentations and panel discussions, there’ll be a number of stalls and plenty of time in the breaks for chatting with the REVIVE directors and guest speakers, as well as opportunities for making new connections and for catching up with old friends.
Tickets for this conference are now on sale (£11.50, including £1.50 booking fee per ticket; £5 for unemployed/Under 16s) and can be bought online HERE
I look forward to seeing some of you there.
For those of you who want to find out more about the REVIVE coalition for grouse moor reform, please visit the website here