INVERTEBRATE CONSERVATION CONFERENCE 2014
Friday, 31 October 2014 from 10:00 to 17:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This unique conference provides the opportunity for amateur and professional entomologists and conservationists to participate in talks that bring together conservation and citizen science.
The themes of the Conference, which will be chaired by Dr Humphrey Crick (a.m.) and the Earl of Selborne (p.m.) are Natural England's Mosaic Approach for managing habitats for species, and the increasingly popular use of Citizen Science as a means of recording wildlife and aiding conservation.
'The MOSAIC APPROACH works alongside and complements existing targeted species-specific conservation action, and can be applied both to specific sites as well as across a wider landscape.' (Natural England)
In a New Dawn for CITIZEN SCIENCE (Trends in ecology and Evolution, Vol. 24, Issue 9) Jonathan Silvertown describes a citizen scientist as 'a volunteer who collects and/or processes data as part of a scientific enquiry. Projects that involve citizen scientists are burgeoning, particularly in ecology and the environmental sciences, although the roots of citizen science go back to the very beginnings of modern science itself.'
Chair: Dr Humphrey Crick, Natural England
10.00 Registration, tea and coffee
10.30 Introduction by the Chair
10.40 The habitat mosaic approach – and its importance for invertebrates in grasslands, heathlands and other open habitats. Jon Curson, Senior Environmental Specialist - Invertebrate Ecologyat Natural England.
11.15 Climate change drives insects up the sea wall.Tim Gardner, Environment Agency.
11.50 Making B-Lines to help link pollinators, places and people. Paul Evans, Buglife.
12.20 Questions to the Panel
13.30 Don't forget the little things. Using springtails to promote a changing perception in conservation management and recording. Thom Dallimore
14.05 Using citizen science data for conservation. Zoë Randle, Butterfly Conservation.
14.40 Chair: The Earl of Selborne
14.50 Bare Ground for Insects - An Important but Frequently Overlooked Habitat Resource. Stephen Miles, FRES.
15.25 Tea and coffee
15.55 Keep taking the tablets? Professional and amateur involvement in the future of Thorne and Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire. Paul Buckland.
16.30 Panel and Next steps
17.00 Prompt close
The modest attendance fee is solely to cover expenses and catering.
For those interested there will be a get together at a local hostelry after the Conference.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements by emailing:
When & Where
Amateur Entomologists' Society / British Ecological Society
The Conference is jointly organised by the Amateur Entomologists' Society and the British Ecological Society's Conservation and Citizen Science special interest groups.
The Amateur Entomologists' Society was established in 1935 and works to promote the study and conservation of insects, especially among amateurs and young people. It does this through the publication of books and periodicals and the organising of educational events. The Society has a very successful Bug Club, for young entomologists. Website: www.amentsoc.org
The British Ecological Society advances the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of living organisms and their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. At a time when finite natural resources are being used at increasing rates, it has never been more important for human society to understand its impact on ecological systems and their importance in maintaining human health.The BES’s many activities include the publication of a range of scientific literature, including five internationally renowned journals, the organisation and sponsorship of a wide variety of meetings, the funding of numerous grant schemes, education work and policy work. Website: www.britishecologicalsociety.org
Both organisations are non-profit and are funded by membership subscriptions and donations.
British Ecological Society Twitter: @BESPolicy