REVIVE coalition for grouse moor reform: speakers announced for annual conference, 14 November 2021

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

5 thoughts on “REVIVE coalition for grouse moor reform: speakers announced for annual conference, 14 November 2021”

  1. Fantastic. Looking forward to it. Just wondered if a week or so before you could confirm if we need to provide proof of vaccination status? Expect there’s still time for all the regulations to change….

    1. Hi Bob,

      The latest news, according to the event page on REVIVE’s website, is that ‘No Covid passport will be required but standard safety practices will be in operation throughout the venue’.


      Although the official advice from the venue is that proof of double vaccination will be needed:

      I would recommend you contact Max at the Revive office for clarification.

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