This year the BMC access conference on Thursday 14 November will look at how we can influence positive behaviour in the outdoors in order to continue to care for the places we love.
The conference will focus on a range of issues that are currently affecting the places and landscapes we love to visit from litter, wild fires and parking, to wild camping and pooing in the great outdoors.
We will explore how changing peoples’ behaviour and highlighting these concerns can help minimise the impact we have on the places we love and conserve them for future generations.
The outcomes of the conference will feed into the new version of the BMC’s influential Green Guide to the Uplands which provides guidance on responsible practice on a wide range of topics. The first version was distributed to over 40,000 BMC members, mountain leaders and others, and continues to be a reference point for many outdoor educators.
The morning session will explore some of the current big issues associated with poor behaviour, and what organisations are doing to try and combat the problems. There will be the opportunity for round table discussions on issues that may increase in the future, what is working and what isn’t to help influence behaviour, and a look at how we can better engage the wider public in promoting good practice messages and codes of conduct.
The afternoon session will draw on expertise from organisations in different sectors who have had success in campaigning to change behaviour. We’ll look at how they have reached out to a broad sector of society and what they are doing to encourage ‘buy in’.
We will hear from several National Parks, Moors for the Future and from outdoor providers as well as a presentation from Hubbub. The objectives of the day broadly will be:
To share experience & learning between organisations
To update the BMC Green Guide to the Uplands, using your input to identify key issues and messages
To generate new ideas and partnerships for getting important messages out to the public and the role the BMC can play
Where and when
The conference will be held at the Spinningfields Conference Centre, Manchester on 14th November from 9.30am-4.30pm.
Speakers and Programme
The conference schedule is just being finalised and will be included very soon.
The registration fee for the conference is just £25 per delegate for BMC members and £40 per delegate for non-members. BMC membership costs just £19.97 for the first year when you sign up by Direct Debit - join now to take advantage of this discount.
This fee includes a delegate pack, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
You can register for the conference by clicking the link here.
Please take our very quick survey ahead of the conference to help gauge the issues you feel are most concerning.
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