Recorders' Conference workshops

Workshops at theTVERC Spring Recorders' Conference 4 March 2017

Select one out of the four workshops sessions offered:

Participatory mapping [FULLY BOOKED]

- with Dan Carpenter, TVERC

In land use planning or conservation planning one of the most useful sources of information is local knowledge.  Another key aspect is that local people often know the history of places very well and can really help identify and guide local priorities. 
In this workshop we will use a technique called participatory mapping together to help create a woodland planting plan for Oxfordshire.  Using existing TVERC woodland data and a connectivity model for woodland species, you will identify appropriate places for woodland planting in the county using your local own personal knowledge of the landscape, the important habitats and the local groups active in the county.
See what you can bring to the planning process and how valuable your inputs can be.
An insight also into one example of the many ways the TVERC team uses GIS in our work and services. 


Swifts: A practical workshop on monitoring, promoting and protecting these splendid, screaming, summer visitors 

- with Lucy Hyde, Oxford Swift City Project Officer and Chris Mason, Cherwell Swift Conservation Project

Tough times continue for swifts both nationally and locally. Numbers continue to decline, and the causes remain the same - fewer insects, increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and loss of habitat including building development work. But they have great champions locally including those of the Cherwell Swift Conservation Project with many positive examples of work being carried out by volunteers including monitoring initiatives and providing and protecting nest spots. 
This species has a fascinating life history and is easily identifiable. Good data is being collected locally but more is needed.
Hear also about the recent launch of the new RSPB-led project "Oxford Swift City" with it's excellent local partners.
The workshop will include more practical elements such as survey techniques and where and how to provide or protect suitable nesting and feeding sites. Learn some of the simple but effective ways that you can become a swift champion yourself.


Social media for biodiversity recorders: the what, how and why?

- with Ryan Clark, from A Focus On Nature

  • Still not convinced social media is for you? Or you for it?
  • Can't imagine any possible way it is useful for data recording or learning? 
  • Convinced all screen time is wasted time and we should just be outdoors more? 
  • Have accounts but want to know how to get the more out of them?
  • A convert already but keen to share ideas and examples of great social media features and groups?

Let Ryan help convince you of the value of getting connected and guide you onwards, with hands on demonstrations of super resources for learning, sharing and mentoring via social media. After a very short presentation there will be plenty of chance to see and try out different options and social media tools, with friendly support and guidance. You can try out things using your own smartphone or use laptops in groups.

Be a part of the #TVERCconf discussion!

The session will include an introduction on how you can use Twitter and Facebook for getting help with identification and biological recording, to suit all levels of recording experience. Find out about useful Facebook groups. There will also be top tips for tweeting to get the most 'reach' if you are in promotion mode: whether for yourself, your data, your project or organisation. 
Ideally, but not essentially, arrive with a Twitter/Facebook account set up already. If working in a group then only one person would need an account. Just view and learn if preferred.


Hedgerows guided walk and winter twig identification [FULLY BOOKED]

- with Judy Webb

This session will start with a short walk and welcome breath of fresh air mid-conference, with Judy as your very knowledgeable guide exploring the hedgerows in the CEH area.
We will take  secateurs and collect samples of the hedgerow tree and shrub species that we see.

Back at base there will be  a quick presentation on the value of hedgerows for wildlife and the current pressures on them.

Then you have the chance to improve your winter twig identification skills comparing our collected twigs to named specimen reference twigs provided, and working in small groups.  There will be mystery twig species challenges and plenty of chance to discuss all things hedge-related including the re-creation of hedgerows – best species to plant, how to plant and how to manage for maximum wildlife interest subsequently -  and the challenges for hedgerow protection amidst all the development coming to Oxfordshire.

Hedgerow booklets will also be available to buy for anyone interested.


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