London Recorder's Day 2021


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Speakers & Talks


The Urban Nature Project:  John Tweddle 

In this talk, John introduces the Urban Nature Project, a new UK-wide programme that aims to empower individuals and communities to connect with, monitor and restore nature within the UK’s towns and cities. Creating and applying new large-scale urban biodiversity datasets – from biological records to environmental DNA and ecoacoustic data – will be central to the delivery of the project’s scientific and educational goals. As part of this work, the Natural History Museum’s gardens will be developed into a hub for urban wildlife-focused research, training provision and conservation​ action.

Find out more about the Urban Nature Project here.

If you're interested in exploring the natural world, find out about the many ways to take part! 

Beavers in London: Elliot Newton 

Citizen Zoo, working with the Beaver Trust recently helped to establish the London Beaver Working Group, an inclusive and collaborative space for organisations to discuss and share knowledge about the future of Beavers in London. This talk will introduce how beavers could have an active role in fighting both the ecological and climate emergency in London and how we may need to prepare for their natural recolonisation.
Please note, due to technical issues on the day, this is a recording of a repeat of the same talk recorded by the London Natural History Society on the 4th of November 2021. The full Recording including a Q & A can be found here.

Stag Beetles & Londoners; from postcard to Instagram: Mathew Frith 

It’s the public that have shown us where stag beetles are found in London; surveys since 1997, utilising postal and digital means, have confirmed their distribution and helped stimulate conservation efforts to benefit saproxylic species in the capital.



Big City Butterflies: Steve Bolton  

 London is home to a surprising diversity of butterflies and moths. Over twenty-five of the UK’s 59 butterfly species can be spotted in the capital. Big City Butterflies is an exciting new project which will inspire Londoners to discover butterflies and moths, and connect them with nature and their local green spaces.


GiGL’s Data Search Report Service

Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL), London’s Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC), provides a data search report service to ecological consultants and other stakeholders. We will provide an overview of the data search report and service and its use in London
 Links mentioned in the presentation and further information.


How species records transformed the campaign to save Warren Farm from Developers: Katie Boyles

Katie shares her journey from a dog-walking-nature-loving-lay-person to a passionate, amateur species recorder and often-bewildered local activist. She highlights the importance of community activism, learning from experts, and a petition of over 10,500 supporters who want to see Warren Farm Nature Reserve become a reality. And shares her dream for everyone to one day get the chance to smell a hedgehog poo!

For more information: 

Twitter and Instagram @WarrenFarmNR

Facebook Group: Warren Farm Nature Reserve  


London Natural History Society Updates: Keiron Derek Brown & Maria Roberts

A 10-minute roundup of society news and events, including a presentation from society president, Maria Roberts, on the Bookham Common Survey.

 Ancient Woodland Inventory Update Project

GiGL is the Greater London lead for Natural England’s Ancient Woodland Inventory (AWI) update project. The AWI update project was set up in 2019 and involves using a consistent and quality-controlled methodology to create an accurate and robust record of ancient woodland and ancient wood-pasture nationally. This update will help to ensure the inventory can meet its full potential as a conservation tool. As such, these irreplaceable and valuable habitats will receive the protection and sustainable management they deserve

  •  This link leads to Natural England’s Open Data Publication of the Ancient Woodland Inventory (England). This is the spatial dataset that will be updated for Greater London. You can use this to explore where ancient woodland is located nationally. If you click on highlighted ancient woodland sites you can also gain more information about their characteristics such as their name, status, and area. 
  • This link leads to Natural England’s Ancient Woodland Inventory handbook. The methodology is very detailed and is certainly not bed time reading but is the guide I will be using to complete the Update for Greater London. This handbook contains all the information you could possibly need on what the Update will entail. 
  • This link leads to the Woodland Trust’s lovely webpage on ancient woodland. Here you can learn more about ancient woodland, the unique species that live in this irreplaceable habitat, and the threats they are currently facing.
  •   The London Urban Forest Partnership (LUFP) developed a London Urban Forest Plan which was published in November 2020. This link leads to the plan which sets out the goals and priority actions needed to protect, manage and expand the capital’s urban forest. Action 8d explicitly calls for the review and update of London’s Ancient  Woodland Inventory. 

The DECIDE Project; Recording Nature Where it MattersWorkshop on data flow - Michael Pocock 
UK Centre for Ecology and Hyrdology

Citizen science is a wonderful way of gathering information on wildlife, and the records can be used to monitor changes in our environment. One way in which we can use these data is to predict where species occur, and with the increasing availability of high-resolution records (e.g. from smartphone apps), we are now producing prediction maps at 100m resolution – making them very suitable for local decision-making. Of course, more records from volunteers are helpful, but we don’t simply need more records: we need records from the right places to optimally improve our predictions. We will show how the DECIDE project is developing methods to work with volunteers to do just that, focusing initially on butterflies and moths.


60 Years of Moth Recording in a London Wood: David Howdon - Selbourne Society

David discusses the history of moth recording at Perivale Wood and the challenges of collating decades worth of records, even in the case of a single site run by one organisation.

Workshop GiGL- A lead Discussion on the Journey of Data From it's Collection to it's Many Uses