TVERC Autumn Recorders' Conference 2021 - Thank you!

The TVERC’s Autumn Recorders' Conference took place over two mornings on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th October, with over 60 people attending and a variety of talks and updates from local groups, individuals and students. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and in response to previous feedback, the conference took place online, with speakers giving a mix of live and pre-recorded presentations via Google Meets.

A great first day, started with Julie Kerans and Caitlin Coombs, from TVERC, who told us all about the Local Wildlife Sites project and highlights from the survey season. Keiron Brown, got us up to speed with the FSC Biolinks project, an environmental education charity that delivers training on wildilife identification and survey, inspiring recording across the UK! You can check BioLinks current courses and events here. Anna Forbes talked about “Citizen Science in the Kennet Catchment”; Action for the River Kennet started off 14 years ago with just a couple of surveyors. Now – it is a thriving citizen project, with hundreds of volunteers!  Louis Lofthouse gave us an insight of the HOPE for the Future Project which is involved the re-curation and rehousing of the entire British Collection of 1 million insect specimens at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History! The first morning ended with Daniel Bowen, a TVERC micro-intern student telling us about his exciting project on mapping distribution of black and brown hairstreak butterflies.

Day 2 started with Caroline Jackson-Houlston walking us through the recent work of the Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire during lockdown, and treated us to some snaps of this exciting species groups; dubbing the past year as the ‘best fungus season for about 30 years!’. Helen Edwards from Oxford Urban Wildlife Group told us more about Boundary Brook Nature Reserve and their exciting from surveys this year. Henry Manisty, Nick Marriner and Roger Bettess gave us an overview of the wonderful site that is Waterstock Local Wildlife Site - how it all started and the monitoring that goes on including camera traps, bird surveys and river monitoring. Lucy Morley, a TVERC micro-intern student has pinpointed the distributions of three priority butterfly species in the Thames valley area – and compared them with protected areas, suitable habitats and larval floodplant distributions. Finally, the conference came to a close with Joe Malyan from Berkshire Mammal Group who studied the hazel dormouse, specifically looking at how the proximity of artificial nest boxes, certain plant species, and anthropogenic features could impact occupancy rates

One thing we love about Recorders’ conferences – the sharing of information, resources and knowledge! Thank you to all the attendees and presenters for a couple of fantastic mornings – don’t worry if you missed the presentations or want to re-watch the parts that most interested you, they are available on our YouTube channel here.


Posted: October 20, 2021