Date: Sat. 28 Apr, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Duration: 6 Hours
Location: Sauchie Hall
Bookings are now open for the TWIC Spring Conference, but places are limited, so don't delay!

The TWIC Spring Conference will be held in Sauchie Hall, Alloa on Saturday 28 April from 10 am – 4pm. The theme is “Onwards and Upwards: Biological recording & conservation in the uplands”. Places are free, but limited.To view the draft programme and to book, please register on  If you would like to have a display, present a poster or highlight your recording initiative during the open mike session, please fill in the relevant questions on the booking form.

The Conference is an opportunity for naturalists across the region to get together at the start of the recording season to exchange news and ideas, and to listen to a series of talks on the theme of upland recording and conservation. There will be an opportunity for individuals or local groups to promote their recording initiative or project during the open mike session, by having a stall, or presenting a poster. The conference is FREE to attend, and will include a buffet lunch, but booking is essential as places will be limited. Donations welcome.

Draft programme:

10:00: Registration and tea/ coffee

10:30: Welcome and introduction - Wilma Harper (TWIC Director)

10:40: Talk to be confirmed

11:10: Reptile study and conservation at Loch Lomond - Dr Chris McInerny (University of Glasgow/ Glasgow Natural History Society/ Biological Recording in Scotland, BRISC)

11:50: Tea/ coffee break

12:20: Recording upland wildlife – trials, tribulations and future potential - Chris Wernham (BTO)

13:00: Open Mike Session

13:10: Buffet lunch

14:10: Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum (SBIF) update - Graeme Wilson (TWIC Manager)

14:20: South of Scotland Golden Eagle project - Rick Taylor (Southern Uplands Partnership)

14:50: Miniature mountain worlds: lichens for recorders above the treeline - Rebecca Yahr (RBGE)

15:20: Tea/ coffee break

15:50: The Internet of Things & its potential to improve environmental data collection in the uplands - Professor Davy McCracken (Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC)

16:20: Summing up - Graeme Wilson (TWIC Manager)

16:30: Conference ends