Saturday 23rd March 2019, CEH Wallingford (http://www.ceh.ac.uk/wallingford)
This meeting will bring together specialists from recording schemes, government agencies and research organisations to discuss areas of common interest. We will hear talks that summarise recent initiatives and have discussion sessions on key topics such as: the use of biological records for understanding our changing environment, tools for supporting recording schemes and how we help recording schemes adapt to new innovations.
1000 Registration, with coffee available, and space if you want to arrange to meet colleagues and catch up
1045 Welcome – aims of the day and a general update on BRC
1055 Mark Gurney Links between recording schemes and conservation organisations
1110 Oli Pescott Plant recording and the BRC: Getting closer to the point in a world of squares
1125 Ashleigh Whiffin Carri-on Recording: Experience of establishing and developing a recording scheme for carrion beetles, including support through museums
1140 Mike Edwards BWARS - Recording Aculeate Hymenoptera with BRC, looking backwards to Atlas 1 and forwards past the Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles - where to next?
1155 Katherine Boughey Monitoring the acoustic world: How new technologies are revolutionising bat recording, and implications for other schemes
1210 Michael Pocock How does biological recording contribute to monitoring for conservation and research: matching gaps in recording to information needs.
1225 Plans for afternoon workshops
1235 Lunch (provided), including iRecord demonstration and BRC helpdesk/Q&A. Option for posters from PhD students and attendees?
1400 Discussion sessions via break-out groups
Bridging the gap between models and recorders (Nick Isaac and Francesca Mancini)
How can digital tools support recording schemes (Richard Burkmar and Tom August)
Data quality: options for supporting and recruiting verifiers (Martin Harvey)
1530 tbc. The contribution of biological recording to the State of Nature
1550 Concluding remarks and general discussion
1600 - 1615 Tea
Break-out discussion groups
1. Bridging the gap between models and recorders
We have made huge progress in understanding the biases in biological records and have greatly expanded their use for a range of applications such as indicators and Red List assessments. To date we have mostly adopted a one-size-fits all approach, but we would like to improve our models by better capturing differences in biology and recording behaviour among taxonomic groups. We will discuss how to best capture information about species and how they are recorded to inform our future analysis developments.
2. How can digital tools support recording schemes
Digital tools have the potential to revolutionise many aspects of biological recording, but the plethora of options can be overwhelming. Recording schemes play a vital role in identifying what tools are of most use and can help prioritise future developments. Using example tools such as QGIS, apps built using the R package, image recognition tools we will discuss what works for you and what you’d like to see available in future.
3. Data quality: options for supporting and recruiting verifiers
Recording schemes have always played a vital role in ensuring that national biodiversity data is of good quality. As more people engage with wildlife recording, and as new technologies add additional data to the total pool of records, there is a danger that existing verification procedures could be overwhelmed. What tools are available to help address this issue? Can we support more people to develop the skills needed for verification? What can technology offer?