VC55 Recorders' Conference, Rothley Centre, 16/2/2013.
Our annual Recorders Conference took place yesterday and Nathalie Cossa, who organised the Conference for Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, kicked off by telling us about bats surveyed at Charnwood Lodge. John Showers from Northants reported on national distributions and range changes of hoverflies, and then Geoffrey and I gave a short talk about the VC55 group - history so far and some plans for this year, like the new communications tools Geoffrey has been working on. The group now has this Blog, a Gmail address and a secure way for us to store and share our site records and photographs. We will upload a copy of the presentation so you can view it - details to follow, and I'll ask Nathalie about links to the other presentations.
|Mike Jeeves' 'The Flora of Leicestershire & Rutland' |
was exhibited on the BSBI display.
Photo by Katie Field.
After lunch, Vicky Price told us about the Stoughton pollinating insects project and welcomed specialist surveyors, so a local group visit may be in order (and the Cow & Plough afterwards?).
|Sue Timms ( LRERC) talking to LRC delegates|
Sue Timms' annual update on the Leics & Rutland Environmental Records Centre made sobering listening, but she and what remains of her team are making the best of the impact of severe funding cuts with customary pragmatism and a wry aside.
I think we are all just so glad that, thanks to the support of Mike and all at the LRWT, we still have a Recorders Network that can keep putting on these annual Conferences and continue to publish Leicestershire & Rutland Recorder, now under Steve Woodward's editorship.
|From right: Chris Hill, Jim|
Graham, Jenny Harris,
Nathalie & Jools Partridge
Nathalie and the LRWT team did a brilliant job organising such a successful conference and she really deserved that drink in the Woodman's Stroke afterwards.
Posted by Louise