Saturday, 24 October 2015

Citizen Science - Free Friday Evening Lectures by Ecology & Conservation Studies Society

I have copied details below of the excellent series run by the Ecology and Conservation Studies Society in their Autumn 2015 series. This will be of interest to people who are engaged in Citizen Science projects or just interested in the study of British Wildlife.
Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, Lecture Series at Birkbeck College, London
Autumn 2015: six Friday evenings, Oct 9th to Nov 13th 2015.
18:30 to 20:00.
Birkbeck, University of London, Lecture Theatre B36, downstairs at the Torrington Square entrance.

The good, the bad and the ugly in UK Biodiversity monitoring

In Britain we have a long and proud tradition of monitoring the distribution and trend of birds, plants and butterflies, using volunteers from natural history and conservation societies. Recently, modern technology has led to a burgeoning number of these "citizen science" schemes using a wide pool of contributors, on everything from the parasites of the chestnut leaf miner to plants indicative of good habitat, from swifts to stag beetles. Schemes can collect haphazardly or according to a fixed protocol. Some schemes have been so successful that they are used as government indicators, but others may not deliver on expectations, and taxonomic coverage is patchy. In this series our lecturers look at what makes for success.

Friday Oct 9th. The good, the bad and the ugly in UK Biodiversity monitoring. Richard Gregory, Head of Species Monitoring and Research, RSPB.

Friday Oct 16th. Stories from London: the role of local records centres. Maria Longley and others, Greenspace Information for Greater London.

Friday Oct 23rd. The State of Britain’s Moths. Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation.

Friday Oct 30th. The Biological Records Centre: valuing wildlife observations in a changing world. Helen Roy, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Friday Nov 6th. Citizen Science in Action at the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL). Dr David Slawson & Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser, Opal, Imperial College London.

Friday Nov 13th. Monitorin
g hoverflies with digital photographs. Roger Morris, consultant.

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