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  • Information for Delegates

    Information for Delegates

    Registration will open at 08:30, the programme begins at 09:25 and runs through the day, concluding at 17:30 with the option to stay for dinner with our speakers.

    Lunch and teas/coffee will be provided.

    The full programme for the day will be released soon.

    Information for Delegates

    Thank you very much for purchasing a ticket to our conference, hosted at the Royal Agricultural University on Tuesday 20th November. The conference programme is attached and will be uploaded to the website over the coming days.

    Conference registration is open at 8.30am, with presentations starting at 9.25am; please arrive in good time to register. If you are travelling by car, parking will be in the Stroud Road car park of the University. We encourage car sharing if possible as traffic can be heavy at that time of day. Please follow this link for directions and other travel options

    Teas, coffees and lunch are provided and we anticipate finishing at 5.30pm. If you have purchased tickets for dinner, this will start at 6.30pm (bar will be open 5.30-6.30). There are still some dinner tickets available; please follow this link if you would like to dine with us

    If you are planning to stay overnight in Cirencester, there are many hotel options. Our sponsors, the Stratton House Hotel is a stylish base to explore Cirencester and the surrounding villages of the Cotswolds and has been lovingly refurbished into a beautiful country house hotel (

    In the unlikely event you no longer require your ticket, please let us know as soon as you can. The conference is sold out with a waiting list, so we can resell your ticket and return your payment. If you have any questions please check the website or get in touch directly.

    We very much look forward to meeting you.

  • Knepp Castle owner to share insights into rewilding his family estate

    Sir Charles ‘Charlie’ Burrell will discuss the rewilding project that transformed his family’s Knepp Castle estate, when he joins experts at a conference dedicated to this new form of conservation.

    The 10th Baronet, an alumnus of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) will speak alongside Professor Alastair Driver, Specialist Advisor for Rewilding Britain and DEFRA’s Nick Barter at the event organized by the RAU and Cirencester Sixth Form College.

    The one-day conference on 20 November, hosted at the RAU in Cirencester, will bring together rewilding and land management experts to share their experiences and plans for the future.

    Delegates will have the opportunity to hear about the latest thinking and applications from key professionals in rewilding conservation – the principle of reinstating natural processes and, where appropriate, missing species.

    Charlie Burrell will describe the pioneering Knepp Wildland Project at his 3,500 acre estate in West Sussex, which has become a flagship experiment for farmland restoration.

    Prof Driver, who is also the former National Conservation Manager for the Environment Agency will discuss ways of harnessing rewilding opportunities across the UK.

    Nick Barter, DEFRA’s Deputy Director of Natural Environment Strategy will be speaking about the 25 Year Environment Plan – setting out plans to improve the environment within a generation.

    Charlie said of his own project on his estate near Horsham: “Once intensively farmed for arable and dairy, Knepp Estate was given over to the pioneering rewilding project in 2000. Using free-roaming grazing animals as the drivers, and with the restoration of natural water courses, we’ve seen extraordinary increases in wildlife – including some incredibly rare species.

    “The Knepp Wildland Project is not driven by specific goals or target species. Instead, management is kept to a minimum and nature is allowed as much freedom as possible. This ‘process-led’ approach is proving to be a highly effective, low-cost method of ecological restoration and is providing vital ecosystem services like soil restoration, water purification and carbon sequestration.

    “The Estate is still farming, albeit far more extensively, producing 75 tonnes of low-input, organic, pasture-fed meat per annum from its free-roaming herds. Wildlife tourism provides another significant income stream.”

    Organiser Stephanie Masefield, lecturer in Earth and Animal Sciences at Cirencester College said: “Rewilding is an emerging branch of conservation that will become part of the UK’s wider strategy to protect and enhance the environment.

    “Bringing the topic to the land managers of today and tomorrow through the Royal Agricultural University and Cirencester College will generate innovative and fruitful new dialogues and opportunities.

    “We’re really excited to be bringing together such a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with our students and the wider public.”

    Other experts are set to focus on the challenges and opportunities re-introducing animals such as lynx to habitats and a panel discussion is also scheduled.

    For more information and to register for updates on ticket sales please visit our website

Cirencester College is an Ofsted 'outstanding’' college in a rural setting on the outskirts of Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  One of only three designated specialist Sixth Form Colleges in the South West, Cirencester College is one of the top ranking Sixth Form Colleges in the country.

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 170 years. Today, the RAU has more than 1,200 students studying agriculture, animal science, business, environment, equine science, farm management, food, real estate and rural land management.