The changing nature of Scotland

A conference for everyone with an interest in a healthy environment

17 and 18 September 2009

What was the event?

This conference took stock of changes to Scotland's natural environment, why it matters and what we are doing about it. Talks covered:

  • Surrounding seas (from intertidal to the 200nm limit)
  • Fresh waters and wetlands
  • Settlements and built development
  • Lowlands (mainly enclosed farmland)
  • Woodland (across all settings and all woodland types)
  • Uplands (open land above the limit of enclosed agricultural).

Chris Quine presented a talk on why woodlands matter entitled ‘Woodlands – ecosystem services and human well-being’. This followed a talk by Dr Bob McIntosh, Forestry Commission Scotland on the changing nature of Scotland’s woodlands.

Conference website

Conference programme (PDF-123K)

Who was the event suitable for?

The conference was aimed at researchers, environmental NGOs, conservation volunteers, government, policy-makers and anyone with an interest in our natural environment.

Where did the event take place?

Perth Concert Hall
Mill Street


The 2009 SNH conference was organised in conjunction with Scotland’s Environmental and Rural Services (SEARS) partners:

  • Animal Health (AH)
  • Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA)
  • Crofters Commission (CC)
  • Deer Commission Scotland (DCS)
  • Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS)
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA)
  • Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (SGRPID)
  • Scottish Government (SG)
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).


For further information please contact:

Expotel Event Team, on 0161 603 4719 or email