BRC national recording schemes meeting 2020

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The 2020 BRC recording schemes meeting is being held in Edinburgh, a new location and indeed a new country for this meeting! We are most grateful to the National Museum of Scotland for hosting us.

This meeting brings together specialists from recording schemes, government agencies and research organisations to discuss areas of common interest. A theme of the meeting is how biological recording can help assess the condition of sites and habitats.

An extended lunch-break allows time for demonstrations and discussion of additional topics such as: the use of biological records for understanding our changing environment, tools for supporting recording schemes and how recording schemes can initiate and adapt to innovations.

Programme - morning

  • 10:00  Museum doors open: registration, with coffee available, and space if you want to arrange to meet colleagues and catch up
  • 10:30 David Roy (UKCEH) Welcome – aims of the day and a general update on BRC
  • 10:40 Nick Isaac (UKCEH) Monitoring Ecosystem Health using biological records data
  • 11:00  April Windle (Plantlife/British Lichen Society) – Recording lichens
  • 11:15 Tom Prescott (Butterfly Conservation) – Moths in Scotland
  • 11:30 Chris Cathrine (Caledonian Conservation Ltd) – Using existing datasets to inform site condition monitoring at Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Scotland
  • 11:45 Ashleigh Whiffin (National Museum of Scotland) – The role of museums in biological recording

12:00 Lunch (provided)

  • 12:45 Demonstrations and posters

Programme – afternoon

  • 14:00  Michael Pocock (UKCEH) – Gaps in biological recording for measuring species trends
  • 14:15  Iain MacDonald (SNH) – Monitoring plants in Scotland
  • 14:30  Garth Foster (Balfour-Browne Club) – Water beetles outside the box
  • 14:45  Craig Macadam (Buglife) – Important Invertebrate Areas
  • 15:00  tea break
  • 15:30  Sarah Henshall (Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms) – Conserving rare species in the Cairngorms National Park
  • 15:45  Katty Baird (NMS volunteer) – Using NMS's moth collection to inspire a modern-day moth recording project

16:00  End

Some of the above talk titles may be subject to revision!

For any enquiries please contact brc@ceh.ac.uk

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