Amateur
Entomologists'
Society

AES Conservation Conference 2014


31 October 2014 10:00 - 17:00

Location: Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU, UK.

Event description

This event is run jointly by the AES, the British Ecological Society's Conservation Special Interest Group and the BES Citizen Science Special Interest Group.

This one-day conference provides an opportunity to bring together a variety of experts, professional and amateur alike. Entomologists, field recorders, conservationists, landscape managers and researchers can all look forward to a motivating set of talks and discussions, focused on the key themes of the day: Natural England's Mosaic Approach and Citizen Science. Both offer significant scope and opportunity for invertebrate conservation.

'The Mosaic Approach works alongside and complements existing targeted species-specific conservation action, and can be applied both to specific sites as well as across a wider landscape.' (Natural England)

In a New Dawn for Citizen Science (Trends in ecology and Evolution, Vol. 24, Issue 9) Jonathan Silvertown describes a citizen scientist as 'a volunteer who collects and/or processes data as part of a scientific enquiry. Projects that involve citizen scientists are burgeoning, particularly in ecology and the environmental sciences, although the roots of citizen science go back to the very beginnings of modern science itself.'

Citizen science is particularly influential in conservation of species and, indirectly, habitats.

Zoë Randle of Butterfly Conservation will underline this in her presentation 'Using citizen science data for conservation'. The role of volunteers will be discussed in a Buglife presentation on their highly successful B-Lines project.

Other presentations include:

  • Tim Gardiner's Climate change drives insects up the sea wall.
  • Stephen Miles talking about bare ground on heathland and other sites for flies, bees and wasps.
  • Paul Buckland's talk on the Humberside peatlands, the Thorne and Hatfield Moors raised mires project.
  • Thom Dallimore, on the use of springtails to change perceptions of invertebrates.
  • Jon Curson (Natural England), the Mosaic Approach.

The Conference provides the opportunity for amateur and professional entomologists and conservationists to participate in talks that bring together conservation and citizen science.

The event, including lunch and refreshments, costs £20 for AES and BES members and £30 for non-members. The attendance fee is solely to cover expenses and catering.

Event report: AES Conservation Conference 2014 event report

Organisation details

This event was organised by the AES.
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