Join us for an open event to celebrate and promote the excellent work and diversity of Wiltshire's biological recorders & recording groups.

Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC) and the Wild Connections Project will be hosting a Wiltshire Recorders' Forum, at the Town Hall, Devizes on Wednesday 22nd February 2017.

 Female Bat © Gareth Harris

It will be held to promote the diversity of recorders and recording groups in Wiltshire and the fantastic work they deliver each year but which often goes unnoticed beyond each group’s newsletters. It is hoped that this event can promote this diversity of work, stimulate further recording activities, generate volunteers and encourage the sharing of biological data to benefit all data users.

 

Wiltshire is perhaps unusual in being a county without an active county natural history society (or similar over-arching community group) but which instead supports an abundance of local recording groups, ranging from Butterfly Conservation local branches, Wilts Botanical Society, Wilts Bat Group, Wilts Ornithological Society, the conservation groups on Ministry of Defence estates, to projects run or supported by Cotswold Water Park Trust, Natural England and Forestry Commission and many others.

 

An amazing diversity of wildlife survey and monitoring happens each year in Wiltshire and we hope to promote these groups and their fantastic contributions to our knowledge of Wiltshire’s astonishing biodiversity at the 2017 Wiltshire Recorders' Forum.

 Curlew © Darin Smith

Headline speakers as follows……

Programme

09:30

09:45

Registration & Coffee

09:45

10:10

Welcome & Introduction - The state of Nature in Wiltshire and Swindon? 

Stephen Davis, Head of Conservation, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

10:10

10:40

Marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia on Salisbury Plain Training Area

Dr Marc Botham, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

10:40

11:10

Bechstein’s bat, Myotis bechsteinii , in a mosaic landscape, Trowbridge Wiltshire -Keith Cohen, Wiltshire Bat Group

11:10

11:30

Refreshments

11:30

12:00

The contrasting fortunes of Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus and Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in Wiltshire. 

Nick Tomalin, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Wessex Stone-curlew Team

12:00

12:30

River and wetland habitat improvement works in Wiltshire - Biodiversity targets and outcomes: success?

Martijn Antheunisse, Team Leader Water Projects, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

12.30

13.30

Lunch & displays

13.30

15:00

A series of 10 minute project updates featuring the Wiltshire Mammal Atlas Project, Wetland Species on Salisbury Plain, Surveying and Monitoring Opportunities, and much more!

 

 

Questions

15:00

15:10

Summing up and close

15:10

15:30

Refreshments – networking, displays

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