The Tees Valley Wild Green Places Project joined forces with ERIC (North East Environment Records Information Centre) to host their second annual Wildlife Recording Conference in the Tees Valley. This was held on Sunday 18th September at Preston Hall Museum.
Katherine Pinnock started the day with an update on the importance of the records that volunteers collect on the natural environment, what Eric does with the data and some statistics on data requests they receive. This was followed by a presentation by Ian Bond from INCA on the seal monitoring in Teesside that he coordinates. He was assisted by a puppet seal. Alan Ockenden gave an informative update on tree diseases affecting the north east, especially ash die back and details of ways that volunteers can send in their observations to the Forestry Commission. Mike Leakey gave an comprehensive overview of long term monitoring of birds in the Tees Estuary which depends on a team of volunteers that carry out monthly surveys. The data reveals a complex picture of losses and gains depending on the species. Martin Allen’s talk on the project to photograph the flora of the East Cleveland Coast was a pictorial delight.
Everyone enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch, and it was a great opportunity to meet volunteers and naturalists from other groups. Lunch was followed by talk by Susan Antrobus on how data from several national citizen science projects has revealed an alarming picture of decline in Hedgehogs. This was followed by a presentation from Geoff Barber on the many challenges that face INCAs project to assist this bird in the Tees Valley. Finally Kate Bartram spoke about her new project at the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust on collecting people’s childhood wildlife memories of East Cleveland.
Thank your to our excellent speakers and everyone who participated.
Below is the programme and copies of presentations.