The LIFE+ project Scottish machair (LIFE08 NAT/UK/000204) is holding its final conference on Thursday 29 August. Organised by the project beneficiary, the RSPB, the full-day conference will start with presentation and discussion of the objectives and actions of the project and its principal successes and achievements. Workshops will be held in the afternoon on the topics of seed conservation, agri-environment policy and sustainable crofting communities.
The conference - in Talla an lochdar, South Uist - will be followed up in the following two days with supporting activities. Friday 30 August will see a visit to the RSPB site at Balranald (North Uist) led by the beneficiary and local crofters, a harvest demonstration at Drimsdale (South Uist) and a guided walk around local machair habitat - fertile low-lying grassy plains. Booking is required.
Two further celebratory events for which booking is not necessary will also be held in Talla an lochdar. There will be a ceilidh – dance – on the evening of Friday 30 August and a Mad Machair Tea Party on Saturday 31 August. The afternoon Tea Party will see a film screening of the project, project exhibitions and fun activities including workshops, a hat-making competition, tea and cakes.
The events are being held in the final summer of the LIFE+ Scottish machair project which has been working to conserve machair habitats and species in harmony with local agricultural practices in a suite of Scottish Natura sites. For more information on the project, visit www.machairlife.org.uk.
For more information on the events and to book your participation in the conference and/or site visits, go to www.machairlife.eventbrite.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)1870 603361. There is no charge for the events and bus pick-ups are available from Benbecula.