BRC National Recording Schemes Meeting 2024

We were pleased to be able to host a meeting for national recording schemes again in 2024, at the UKCEH offices in Wallingford on 9 March, the previous meeting having been back in 2020 in Edinburgh. A wide range of recording schemes were represented, along with colleagues from Defra, JNCC and Natural England. Over 60 people attended in total.

Slides and recordings from the presentations are available below.

Thanks to colleagues at UKCEH for their support in organising and running the event, which is supported by JNCC and UKCEH via the BReVI project.

  • Introduction and update on BRC (David Roy, UKCEH): PDF download
  • “Bigger and Better” – Improving Biological Data Flow (Mike Prince, Natural England): PDF download
  • BSBI Plant Atlas 2020 – Visualising results and communicating uncertainty (Oli Pescott, UKCEH): PDF download
  • Insect trends, uncertainty and risk-of-bias (Gary Powney, UKCEH, et al.): PDF download
  • Large-scale expert validation of species distribution models (Rob Boyd, UKCEH, et al.): PDF download
  • Visualising biological records, and options for feedback to engage recorders (Rich Burkmar and Simon Rolph, UKCEH): PDF download
    • Note that a PDF and recording is not available for Rich Burkmar's part of this talk, which gave a preview of some tools for mapping and visualising biological records at local or national scale; these are currently being consulted on and more information will be circulated later this year; for now, the concept can be explored via a Github 'Read me' page.
  • Supporting Science and recruiting verifiers (Zoë Randle, Butterfly Conservation): PDF download
  • Global Red-Listing of Insects – Ladybirds as a Case Study (Peter Brown, Anglia Ruskin University/IUCN Ladybird Specialist Group): PDF download
  • Sawflies – Perspectives on Red Listing (Andy Musgrove, consultant entomologist): PDF download
  • Image recognition and artificial intelligence for biological recording (Alba Gomez Segura and Grace Skinner, UKCEH): PDF download


Attendees at the 2024 BRC recording schemes meeting

Posters from the meeting

UK and England Biodiversity Indicators (Defra / JNCC):


iRecord news (BRC / UKCEH):


Open data (Darwyn Sumner: GBIF Biodiversity Open Data Ambassador):