In front of a full audience made up of The organisers are incredibly grateful to all who attended and participated in the conference programme and the field trip held the afternoon beforehand.
We’ve received some wonderful feedback from those who attended last Thursday’s SUAS Project Conference held in the Glenview Hotel. At the centre of the many compliments received, are the Conference Speakers and the Conference Host, whose engaging and informative delivery of presentations, the knowledge and insights they kindly shared throughout and their collective and informative input to the panel discussion that featured at the end the day seem to have been really well-received by the audience.
Wicklow Uplands Council and the SUAS Project would like to sincerely thank each of them for contributing so generously to ensuring the conference programme was such a success:
The organisers are incredibly grateful to all who attended and participated in the conference programme and the field trip held the afternoon beforehand.
- Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett who opened the day with a warmly supportive keynote speech. Minister hackett kindly visited one of the SUAS Sites during a Heritage Week event in 2021 and has been incredibly supportive of the project and its conservation objectives throughout her tenure.
- Professor Julia Aglionby, Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land and Chair of the Uplands Alliance – University of Cumbria.
- Professor Davy McCracken, Head of Hill and Mountain Research Centre; Head of Department of Integrated Land management with Scotland’s Rural College.
- Faith Wilson, Consultant Ecologist – who has guided and advised the project team throughout and all of the hill-farmers participating in Phases 1 and 2 of the project.
The SUAS Project Team made up of Declan Byrne, Project Manager; Pat Dunne, Project Lead of the SUAS Operational Group and Brian Dunne, Coordinator of Wicklow Uplands Council, who delivered an overview of the SUAS Project ’s extensive activities across the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands as well as providing detailed discussion on its outcomes and learnings.
The conference itself, was held to coincide with the conclusion of the five-year SUAS EIP Project project that’s working with hill-farmers and a host of other stakeholders to achieve conservation goals linked to improving sensitive upland habitats in the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands.
For anyone unable to attend the conference event, media recorded on the day will be made available on the website soon.
Pictured Below: (L-R) Prof. Davy McCraken; Prof. Julia Aglionby; Brian Dunne, Minister Pippa Hackett, Pat Dunne, Faith Wilson and Declan Byrne.
Not pictured – the wonderful Conference Host and Guest Chair of the Panel Discussion, Irish-based journalist and television presenter, Ella McSweeney.