Norfolk Biodiversity

‘Tis the (conference) season  

Seasons greetings. No not Christmas but conference season. Late autumn sees the end of the survey season for many and the start of the biodiversity conference season. The Biodiversity team has been making the most of this and has been travelling the country meeting our colleagues and keeping up with new developments in the world of wildlife recording and non-native species action.

Our very own Mike Sutton-Croft presenting at the RINSE conference.

Our very own Mike Sutton-Croft presenting at the RINSE conference. (Lets hope no one notices the flag is upside down!)

No it wasn't an empty room. There was actually a good turn out at the event.

If you were wondering, there was a great turn out at the event!





First off in September was a visit close to home for Bridging the Gap a conference organised by our own Non-native species team to close the successful RINSE project and to promote the work of our new SEFINS project. The conference was held at the brilliant conference venue of Open in Norwich. Many of the Landscape and Biodiversity team took part presenting, chairing or hosting the conference. Special mention goes out to Michael Sutton-Croft who has led the RINSE project over the last 3 years. We were visited by colleagues from across Europe and had great fun entertaining them while they were here. We even managed a Norwich ghost walk. Reviews and presentations are available here:

RINSE conference review

RINSE presentations

SEFINS conference review

SEFINS presentations

Next up in October was the annual conference of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC). Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS) has been a member since ALERC began and Martin Horlock our Senior Biodiversity Officer is a Director of the association. Four of us attended and were able to learn what our friends and colleagues had been up to and what the future holds for local records centres.

Finally November saw a group of us head to London for the annual National Biodiversity Network (NBN) conference Climate, Collaboration and Collection. The conference had an inspiring mix of talks but key themes were new technology and involving the wider public in recording. Two activities we are very keen on here in the Biodiversity Team. Of particular interest was the keynote address by Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser at Defra who managed to mention two Norfolk projects as examples of how new technology is helping to monitor wildlife – the new NBIS habitat map produced using remote sensing techniques and the Norfolk Bat Survey. This certainly made us feel that we are getting something right. The day ended with an inspirational call to arms by the new CEO of the NBN, John Sawyer, who asked us all to get involved in developing the way forward for the NBN. Video recordings and PowerPoint presentations are available here.

John Sawyer speaking at the NBN Conference.

John Sawyer calling us to arms/Biodiversity at the NBN Conference.

There are plenty of ways to get involved in our work so watch our websites and social media for volunteering opportunities and events. You can also sign up to our monthly eNews bulletin via the NBIS website.


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The Environment Team at Norfolk County Council

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This entry was posted on December 5, 2014 by in Events, NBIS, NBP, NNNSI and tagged , , , .

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