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Recording schemes meeting

Explaining Range Changes: from County to Continent

This meeting on Saturday 7 May, at the Biological Records Centre in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, will bring together a number of national recording schemes to give presentations and share experiences of recording and analysing wildlife information. iSpot is one of a number of techonologically-based projects that will be giving demonstrations as part of the meeting.

There are still some places available, for full details and to book your place see the document at:
http://www.brc.ac.uk/downloads/BRC_workshop_7May2011.pdf

Background (copied from the above document):
Great Britain has the most intensively studied biota of any region in the world due to a long tradition of biological recording by highly skilled volunteers. Activity spans a wide range of species groups, and is primarily co-ordinated by more than 80 national schemes and societies. Since the publication of the first distribution atlas in 1962, data from biological recording has provided vital insights into understanding how Britain’s biodiversity is changing. There is a growing recognition that volunteer-led biological recording has a vital role in monitoring the current and future state of the environment.

The aim of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for voluntary recording schemes and societies to share experiences, celebrate their successes and to identify future requirements for support. A series of presentations will highlight current recording activity for a range of species groups and highlight constraints experienced by voluntary recorders and co-ordinators. The overall aim of the meeting is to identify priorities for future support for volunteer recording networks. A series of demonstrations over anextended lunch break will also highlight recent technological advances to support biological recording.

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