TWIC Spring Conference: Backyard Biodiversity

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The Wildlife Information Centre's Spring Conference will include a series of talks around the theme of Backyard Biodiversity

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During lockdown we have been spending an increasing amount of time in our gardens and backyards and recording in our local patch. This has given us the time to observe the biodiversity on our doorstep and to consider ways to make these areas more wildlife friendly.

The Spring Conference will pick up this theme through a series of talks on projects and recording initiatives focussed on backyard biodiversity. Learn how you can improve your patch for wildlife (and encourage your neighbours to do likewise) and contribute to recording and research on garden wildlife.

This event will be hosted on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions the Thursday before the event.


Programme (may be subject to change)

09:45: Delegates arrive

10:00: Welcome and Introduction - Michael Scott (TWIC Director)

10:05: Gardening for Butterflies and Bees - Anthony McCluskey (Butterfly Conservation)

10:35: BTO Garden BirdWatch: 25 years - David White (BTO) and Steve Willis (BTO Scotland)

11:05: Comfort break & digital displays - Please register your interest for a digital display on the booking form

11:35: Hedgehog Street: Community Conservation in Action - Grace Johnson (People’s Trust for Endangered Species)

12:05: What the Cat Dragged in - Hannah Lockwood (University of Derby)

12:35: Open Mike Session – 5 minutes speed talks - Please pre-register your talk on the booking form

12:50: Closing remarks - Wilma Harper (TWIC Director)

13:00: End


Cost: Choose either the free ticket type or the donation ticket type (minimum donation £1). Donations to TWIC will support our work in organising biological recording training workshops and events.

Booking essential. Booking deadline Wednesday 10 March at 23:30.

Digital displays: If you wish to promote your local wildlife group or recording project or initiative as part of the digital display please register your interest on the booking form. A poster in PowerPoint (widescreen slide) format should be submitted to by the booking deadline of 10/03/21. Contributions will be shown during the break as a rolling PowerPoint presentation. Note that text should be kept to a minimum.

Photograph: Hedgehog highway (c) Natalie Harmsworth.

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