Scottish Freshwater Group: 2019 meetings

Loch beside University of Stirling

University of Stirling campus

SFG 102nd meeting (Spring 2019)

The 102nd SFG meeting will take place on Thursday 25 April 2019. Talks will be held in the Logie Lecture Theatre and posters in the Foyer outside the Logie Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the Cottrell Building, University of Stirling.

This meeting is themed around "Exploring the practicalities of delivering freshwater conservation work and restoration projects" undertaken by our diverse SFG community. These meetings are open (pre-registration not required), welcoming and free for SFG members to attend – except for lunch/beverages (usually served in the Cottrell Building) and campus parking fees, incurred at own cost.

Morning Session

Guest SFG Coordinator & Chair – Charlie Perfect (SEPA)

09:15 Inaugural Scottish Freshwater Group Mini Film Festival (optional)

In today’s digital era, stories are often showcased in short films. We have created an opportunity for our SFG members to enjoy a compilation of video clips, inspired by our meeting theme, running from the lecture theatre beforehand. Hopefully you can join us for this cinematic experience involving people and projects from across the UK and beyond (tea and coffee not provided, please bring your own).


10:30 Pauline Lang & Charlie Perfect (SFG): “Welcome, SFG updates & theme” [PDF]

10:40 Toby Wilson (RSPB): “Delivering ecological coherence, EcoCoLIFE” 

11:00 Nick Benge (Water Gems): “Improving urban waterbodies”

11:20 Michael Stratigos (SUERC): "The lost lochs of Scotland: historical ecology approaches for understanding Anthropocene hydrological systems”

11:40 Scott Ferguson (Seven Lochs Project): “Creating multi-functional green infrastructure at Seven Lochs”

12:00 SFG speed poster introductions (Various): “60 second bite-size tasters”

  • Kerr Adams
  • Alan Law
  • Lawrence Bellini
  • Sean Robertson
  • Anna Griffin
  • Space available for others on the day

12:15– 14:00  Extended lunch for Poster Presentations

Please try to join this session from 13:00 in the Foyer outside the Logie Lecture Theatre for SFG networking prior to the afternoon session.

Afternoon Session

14:00 Chris Spray (University of Dundee) & Luke Comins (Tweed Forum): “Delivering river restoration on Tweed and Eddleston: lessons from the coalface”

14:20 Ed Curley (University of Glasgow): "Investigating the behavioural and physiological response of endangered freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera) to stress exposure"

14:40 Hamish Moir, Eric Gillies (Cbec Eco-engineering UK Ltd) & David Holland (Salix River and Wetland Services Ltd): “Engineered large wood structures: practical experience of design, implementation and monitoring from process-based restoration to sustainable bank protection applications”

15:00 Callum Sinclair (SNH): “The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, SISI”

15:20 Profiling SFG Membership Career Pathways (Various): Informal opportunity for a cross-section of SFG members to panel audience questions, share career pathway experiences and help inspire our future environmental leaders

16:00 Announcements, Reflections on the Day and Meeting Close [PDF]

Followed by a social drink in the Meadowpark Hotel.

The next meeting of the Scottish Freshwater Group will be held on Thursday 24 October 2019 at the University of Stirling – an announcement will be communicated by the SFG team, with further updates to follow via e-circular and social media.