2019 Morecambe, UK

Key Info

Conference Dates
20/09/19 — 23/09/19

Attendance Fees
Members £75.00
Non-Members £115.00

In the autumn of 2019 we will meet in Morecambe, UK.

More information about the conference will appear here in the beginning of 2019.

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The WSG 2019 conference will be held in the historic building ‘The Platform’ in Morecambe just a 2 minute walk from Morecambe station.

By Rail:

Lancaster has direct rail services from London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham. Morecambe can then be reached by a connecting rail service roughly every 30 minutes and this journey takes 10 minutes.

The London Euston to Lancaster train takes about 2 hours 40 minutes, Euston station is about a 10 minute walk from London St Pancras allowing for easy connections to the Channel Tunnel.

By Air:

Manchester Airport has direct rail links to Lancaster with at least 1 direct departure per hour from 06:10 until 22:10 and takes just over an hour, with the connecting service to Morecambe as described above. Manchester has by far the largest European air network of local airports and also the best rail connections.

Return travel to Manchester airport: The first train to leave Lancaster on Monday and Tuesday morning is at 06:20 and arrives at Manchester Airport at 07:47.

Birmingham Airport also has direct rail links to Lancaster with 1 direct train departure per hour from 07:53 until 18:53 and takes roughly 2 hours 15 minutes.  A local train service to Morecambe departs roughly every 30 minutes from Lancaster. Return travel to Birmingham airport – The first departure on Monday and Tuesday is 06:58 and arrives at 09:19.

Travel via Liverpool or Leeds/Bradford Airports are both possible but the rail network makes travel to Lancaster and on to Morecambe much harder.

Please note: Sunday rail travel is often a rail replacement bus service and starts at around 11:30.

If a large group are travelling together it may be cheaper to pre-book a private hire taxi. Details of firms offering this service will be available shortly

By Road:

Morecambe is about 10 minutes away from the M6 by taking junction 34


Requirements for Visas can be found here. If you require a Visa, the ‘Standard visitor Visa’ specifically covers conferences. If you require an invitation letter for this conference, then please email


Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
ExCo meeting Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Predator management workshop
Arrival & registration from 1600 Registration Welcome & introduction AGM Depart by 1630
Dinner Excursions Talks Talks
Drinks Dinner Lunch Lunch
Drinks Talks Talks
Poster session Conference closing
Dinner Dinner & ceilidh
Evening social & drinks


Predator exclusion for the conservation of breeding waders

Purpose of the workshop

This workshop will highlight the current knowledge gaps in the effectiveness of various predator exclusion methods. Our aim is then to use the discussion within the workshop to prioritise the future research that is needed to fill these knowledge gaps.


Rebecca Laidlaw (main organiser), Jennifer Smart, Samantha Franks, Harry Ewing and Jennifer Gill

Excursions will be held on the Friday of the WSG2019 conference to ensure high tide is in daylight and therefore should offer better views of the waders using the bay. Departure will be around 10:00 and returning by around 18:00.  Currently 4 excursions are planned:

1 – RSPB Leighton Moss.  A nearby reserve which, over the last 50 years, has been restored from agricultural land to a large reedbed and pools for waders.  Recent years have seen the arrival of Avocets, rapidly increasing numbers of passage and wintering Black-tailed godwit, several hundred moulting Redshank with many other wader species frequently seen.   The bus journey takes about 15 minutes and there will be some walking (about 2-3km). Leaders: Richard du Feu

2 – Bowland fells.  Upland breeding wader habitat across Europe is pretty rare.  This is an opportunity to see some of England’s most densely populated upland wader breeding habitat.  The sites to be visited hold good numbers of breeding Curlew, Lapwing and Redshank.  It is also an area well known for conflict between different land uses and demands of conservation of rare breeding raptors.  September is well known for not being the best month to see breeding waders and therefore may not feature many views of waders but will offer stunning views of the uplands and a view of Morecambe bay and the Fylde should it be clear.  Leaders: James Bray

3 – RSPB Marshside, WWT Martinmere.  These are two sites close to each other near the Ribble estuary about a 75 minute drive from Morecambe.  WWT Martinmere is an inland site with large numbers of wintering Pinkfeet and Whooper swan however also attracts large numbers of passage and wintering Ruff.  The grassland surrounding the site attracts good numbers of breeding Lapwing.  RSPB Marshside is a relatively new reserve on the edge of the town of Southport and part of the Ribble Marshes Ramsar site.  In September many thousand Black-tailed godwit moult on site along with significant numbers of Lapwing, Redshank and Ruff.  Over winter the Ribble is a significant wintering site for Knot and Dunlin. Leader: Louise Clewley

4 – West side of Morecambe Bay.  The West side of Morecambe Bay is made up of several flat, sandy islands, some of these are connected by causeways and/or bridges.  The little bays surrounding these islands are particularly good for waders in spring and autumn.  Walney Island attracts large numbers of Ringed plover and Sanderling in spring whereas the area around Foulney and South Walney attracts large numbers of Knot, Oystercatcher and Eider.  The views from the Islands give an excellent overview of Morecambe Bay.  While just 20km from Morecambe as the Oystercatcher flies the drive takes around an hour and goes through the southern tip of the English lake district.  Leaders: Gary Clewley, Ros Green.


Accommodation will be available shortly with the following options:

  • Shared caravan (Available Friday evening to Monday morning only) as a complete package, ideal for anyone travelling on a tight budget.
  • Single hotel room
  • Twin hotel room (2 separate beds)
  • Double hotel room (1 double bed) – For this option please book accomodation for 1 person and state who you will be sharing with, the second person does not book accomodation

The hotel, with stunning views over Morecambe Bay, is about a 5 minute walk from the venue (Lothersdale Hotel) whereas the budget caravan accommodation is on a near by caravan park about 15 minutes walk from the venue.