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Firths and Fjords: a coastal history conference

The history of our coastline is fascinating, yet this conference, held over three days in Dornoch, is one of the first to really explore the subject. With international speakers, and space for around 70 delegates, the conference will touch on the Brora salt industry, air services across the western isles and the source of many Gaelic place names. See the website for full details. Booking deadline 15 February 2016.

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World Forum on Natural Capital

Organised by the Scottish Wildlife Trust once again, the World Forum on Natural Capital will be coming to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) this November.

The event offers the chance to explore both the risks and opportunities associated with Natural Capital. Not only is it guaranteed to be one of the most exciting and pioneering conferences in the world, the list of speakers, facilitators and panel guests will provide a variety of voices and opinions on the fast emerging issue. Speakers include First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Inger Andersen and filmmaker and environmentalist, John Liu amongst many others.

For more information, please see

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Cycling in Rural Scotland

This one day conference aims to encourage more cycling in rural Scotland. Tackling cycle safety, infrastructure and cycle tourism, it is part of an initiative by Transition Black Isle, whose aim is to cut car travel in and around the Black Isle area.

Everyone is welcome, from seasoned cyclists to beginners, and anyone in between. There will also be workshops and activities going on throughout the day.

Speakers confirmed are Highland Council convenor Drew Hendry and inspiring outdoor educator Pammy Johal.

Tickets are free, but booking is advised.

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