TVERC Spring Recorders' Conference

CEH Wallingford
CEH Wallingford

Wildlife data for decision-making and conservation

Saturday 10th March 2018
10am - 4pm (Registration from 9.30am)
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

We organise recorders' conferences twice a year as a chance for the biological recording community to come together and share updates and information on what they are doing. Anyone who is interested in wildlife recording and conservation is welcome to attend.

The theme for this conference is the importance of good biological data, and how it is used to inform decision-making, research and conservation work.


The day will include guest speakers, a choice of workshops, poster displays and updates from individuals, recording groups and organisations on notable sightings, events, courses and new projects.

Conference agenda (PDF)

Main talks:

  •  Nick Isaac - Macroecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
    'Of Slugs, Bees and Bugs: The Contribution of Biological Recording to UK Biodiversity Indicators & State of Nature Reporting'
  • Ellen Lee, Giles Sutton and John Wenman
    'To TVERC and Beyond! The Role of Environmental Data in Sustainable Development'


  • 'Tips for Tipulids'
    Pete Boardman of the Cranefly Recording Scheme will give an introduction to craneflies, their different families, where to find them, why they are important and how to begin identifying them
  • 'Seeing ID Differently – creating your own digital multi-access key knowledge base'
    Rich Burkmar and Keiron Brown from the Field Studies Council BioLinks project will show us how to build web-based multi-access keys for biological identification
  • 'Identifying Spider Families in the Field'
    Led by Lawrence Bee - ecological consultant, educator and author of 'Britain's Spiders - A Field Guide'
  • 'What does a Flora Guardian do?'
    Camilla Lambrick, founder of the Oxfordshire Flora Group, will be running a workshop on how flora guardians can help to save threatened plants

Full workshop descriptions (PDF)

When you arrive on the day, you will be asked to choose which afternoon workshop you would like to attend (first-come, first-served basis).

Speed updates:

We have had a great response from people requesting to give speed updates, and our programme is now full. We are looking forward to hearing about a wide range of topics from farmland birds to fungi!


There will be a range of display stands from different groups which you can visit during refreshment and lunch breaks, or if you arrive early. Unfortunately if you haven't already reserved a space, we don't have room for any more displays.


Tickets are £7 for students or volunteer recorders and £12 for professionals.

Booking has now closed. The last date for bookings or refunds was Friday 2nd March 2018.


Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford OX10 8BB 

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CEH can easily be reached by either car or bus and there is free parking on site. For directions please see the CEH website:

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Tea, coffee and cake are included in your booking. The CEH restaurant will be open at lunchtime if you wish to purchase lunch. Please bring cash as they cannot take card payments. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

CEH lunch menu (PDF)

Many thanks to the Grit Howe Charitable Trust who have kindly helped to fund this conference.

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