Thank you for taking part in our Autumn Conference

Chris Woodham - photo by Mark Kail
Chris Woodham - photo by Mark Kail

We held our Autumn Recorders' Conference on 29th September at Oracle, Thames Valley Park in Reading.

We had a brilliant day with lots of interesting speakers and many people commented on the opportunities that events like this provide for networking, and hearing from other local groups about their work and ways to collaborate.

Chris Woodham from the University of Oxford told us about his research into the biodiversity value of the Ridgeway which has included setting up experimental plots to compare different methods of managing chalk grassland, and using high-quality drone photos to map habitat types.

Owen Green from the Oxfordshire Geology Trust gave us a fascinating talk about the geological history of Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

In the afternoon we split into groups to take part in workshops on Hedgerows, Otters, Spiders and Craneflies. Thanks to all our expert workshop leaders who gave us a chance to learn something new.

We also had an update from the Berkshire Local Nature Partnership about their activities and plans for the future.

Thank you to all who took part, whether giving a talk, bringing a display or just by coming along! Thank you also to Oracle for kindly hosting our conference.

If you would like to get in touch with a local group, take a look at our directory here: recording/wildlife groups.

We hope to see many of you at our Spring Recorders' Conference which will be on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at CEH in Wallingford.

Hedgerow workshop

Hedgerow survey workshop, photo by Mark Kail

Posted: October 29, 2018