Workshop on dam and weir removal in the urban environment – 25 & 26 September 2017

Birmingham, England, UK


You are invited to the 2nd Dam Removal Europe Workshop. It is being hosted in the UK’s second city of Birmingham right in the centre of England with good transport links from all UK regions. The workshop is in the city centre at Aston Business School. For this occasion the Dam Removal Partnership is working The Severn Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency who have helped to organise an exciting programme of talks with reference to the particular challenges of dam removal in the urban environment.

The workshop starts with a plenary session on the challenges of dam removals in the urban environment. Delegates will have a choice of three parallel sessions to pick and choose the areas of dam removals that particularly interest them. The presentations in the three parallel sessions fall into technical, social/legal and ecological aspects of dam removal:

The draft programme has contributors from throughout Europe and will be an important event to learn about dam removal, the challenges facing different organisations across Europe as well as an important opportunity to exchange knowledge and develop networks that will help deliver dam removal in years to come. As they say “the biggest obstacle to dam removal is in our heads”, we hope this workshop will help remove this dam.


Confirmed presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Community involvement and legal aspects of dam removal
  • Case studies of dam removals in both urban and rural locations and reasons why dam removal is not always possible
  • Dam prioritisation, what is better to removal, one large or several small dams?
  • Ecological and river habitat recovery post removal


The second day is the equally import site visits to see where dam removal has been achieved or are planned in the future. The delegates will have the choice of two site visits:

  1. a visit to see one of the sites where a removal is planned as part of one of the largest catchment restoration projects in Europe, but is proving controversial with some and then onto a successful removal undertaken in 2011 to see how the habitat has changed
  2. A visit to a series of weir constructed in the 1970’s for flood defence purposes which are now in a programme of removal to restore this important salmon spawning habitat.
Register here

For questions related to the program: Rosa Olivo del Amo – Rosa@fishmigration.org

For questions related to the facilities: Kate George – Kate.george@severnriverstrust.com


Additional information


For you convenience and to maximise the networking opportunity we recommend that you stay at the conference facilities where we have secured a limited number of rooms www.conferenceaston.co.uk/hotelbookings Promotional Code:  SRT2017).   Follow these steps to book your room.


Transport and Travel

Conference Aston Centre is located right in the centre of Birmingham and is easily accessible by plane, train, public transport and car. For further information about the conference centre, please click here

By air / planes: Birmingham International Airport is a 20 minute drive or taxi ride from Aston. Several trains an hour run from Birmingham New Street Station direct to the airport and take less than 10 minutes. The airport has flights within the UK and across Europe and North America.

Trains: Just 10 minutes’ walk from Aston is Birmingham New Street station, a major rail hub with links across the country. The station has direct lines to most major cities and many local services.

Moor Street train station and Snow Hill train and metro station are also within 10 minutes walking distance of Conference Aston Centre.

You can check train timetables online

Car: Birmingham has excellent road links, with the M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42 within easy reach of the city centre.

Information on carparking here:http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/attending-an-event/how-do-i-get-to-you/ carparking costs £7.95 per night

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