Professor David Gowing is Professor of Botany at the Open University, responsible for overseeing the Floodplain Meadow Partnership. David has studied floodplain meadows for 18 years. He has won numerous research contracts from organisations such as Defra, RSPB, English Nature, the Environment Agency, and the Natural Environment Research Council. He has published widely including seminal papers in the world’s leading scientific journals. He is regularly called upon to advise conservation organisations, statutory authorities and landowners within the UK and has numerous collaborations internationally (e.g. Netherlands and South Africa). He plays an important role in advocating for floodplain meadows including in discussions with Government. He has also worked as an academic advisor on numerous joint BBC series including the recent Green Planet series with David Attenborough.
The Floodplain Meadows Partnership will run a panel/workshop session focusing on the role of species rich floodplain grasslands as a prime example of a nature-based solution that can deliver a range of eco-services, whilst remaining a sustainable productive agricultural crop. It will look at the practicalities of management and restoration highlighting demonstration sites and partnerships […]