Date: Sat. 10 Feb, 2018 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Duration: 6 Hours
Location: Alloa Academy

Over 7.5 million volunteer hours go into monitoring the UK’s nature every year. Data generated through recording schemes, ad-hoc sightings and fieldwork allows researchers, land managers and conservationists to better understand the state of the natural world around us and identify how best to restore, conserve and save landscapes and species.

This free one day conference aims to discuss the journey that biological records make from the recorder to the verifier and onward. We hope this event will connect members of the biological recording community from across Scotland and create opportunity for networking and discussion, with updates from key figures and projects in the area.

The day is free of charge, open to all, and is particularly relevant to recorders, verifiers, Vice County recorders and those interested in or working in the fields of biological recording, citizen science and environmental conservation. You can expect short talks and a mix of indoor and outdoor break-out sessions for you to attend as well as plenty of time to network and browse displays representing a variety of recording schemes operating in Scotland. Advance booking is essential. You can book your free place via the eventbrite form here:

09:30 Registration & Refreshments.
10:00 Start of morning session. Talks & parallel break-out sessions.

Dr Mark Eaton, Principal Conservation Scientist RSPB Centre for Conservation Science 'Assessing the state of nature:past, present and future'

Dr Scott Shanks, Conservation Officer (Scotland) Buglife 'Biological Recording: The key to conservation'

Natalie Harmsworth, Ecologist, The Wildlife Information Centre 'Record Verification: A key step in the data flow pathway' 

Break-out sessions (select one): Mammal Tracks & Signs with John Haddow; Seaweeds in the Edinburgh shoreline with Aroa Sampedro-Frenandez, TCV; An overview of the diversity of Scottish solitary bees and hoverflies with Suzanne Burgess, Buglife Scotland; Guided birding to RSPB Black Devon Wetlands with Allison Leonard and Ami Kirkbright, RSPB Scotland.

12:30 Stalls, networking and lunch (please bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be available free of charge).
14:00 Start of afternoon session. Parallel break-out sessions & talks.

Break-out sessions (select one): Using iRecord to simplify recording and verification of wildlife records with Scott Shanks, Buglife Scotland; Introduction to Bryophytes with Julie Smith VC87 and Gordon Rothero; What lurks beneath at Black Devon with Kirsty Grant and Ally Lemon, Buglife Scotland; How to record: for beginners with Graeme Wilson, TWIC.

Ross McIlwrath, TCV Natural Talent Trainee - Peatlands and Micro Moths, Butterfly Conservation Scotland 'Micro Moths: An Under-Recording Problem'

Ellen Wilson, RSPB & Chair, Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum 'SBIF Review Update'

15:30 Close.


You can book your free place via the eventbrite form here:

If you have any queries please contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer on 01324 831 568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From Source to Resource conference flyer

Working through the IFLI partnership, IFLI, Buglife Scotland, Stirling Council and The Wildlife Information Centre present this free, one day conference that will discuss the journey that biological records make from the recorder to verifier and on to helping to inform our knowledge, management and conservation of the natural world.