Conference 2019

The 2019 YNU conference was organised in partnership with the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre (NEYEDC).  Attended by 94 delegates, the conference took place on Saturday 6th April 2019 in the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, on the topic of new tools and technology for biological recording and conservation.  Thank you very much to all the speakers, chairs and exhibitors for making it such an enjoyable and interesting event!  The book of abstracts and presentations can be downloaded below:

  • Book of abstracts (download)
  • Ed Snell, NatureSpy - Yorkshire Pine Marten Project: camera traps (download)
  • Dave Kilbey, Natural Apptitude - Building wildlife recording apps with Coreo (download)
  • Anna Berthinussen, The Wild Watch - Combining citizen science and ecological modelling for practical conservation (download)
  • Ed Baker, University of York - Acoustic monitoring of Orthoptera: scaling for the future (download)
  • Carlos Abrahams, Baker Consultants - Developing standard methods for bird bioacoustic surveys (download)
  • Simon Warwick, Lower Ure Conservation Trust - The role of technology in site management at Nosterfield NR: past, present and future (download)
  • Rich Burkmar, Biological Records Centre - live demo of FSC Identikit (download)
  • Pete Tomlin, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust - Data for Nature (download)
  • Tom August, Biological Records Centre - Adding to recorders' technological tool belt: new developments at the Biological Records Centre (download)
  • Laurie Reed, High Batts Nature Reserve - QGIS and the High Batts monitoring strategy: informing conservation decision-making (download)
  • Lucy Mitchell, University of York - New technologies to track cryptic creatures: movement and diet of European nightjars (download)
  • Jim Horsfall, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - DNA metabarcoding for entomological surveys (download)
  • David Renwick, National Lottery Heritage Fund - What can the National Lottery do for nature? (download)

Photos (clockwise from top left): Clare Langrick and Geoff Oxford looking at drone imagery on the NatureHack stand; Ed Snell from NatureSpy demonstrating camera traps; Lucy Mitchell discussing Nightjar research; Simon Pickles from NEYEDC chairing the final panel Q&A session

If you would like to suggest future conference themes or offer to help to organise a conference or recorders' forum, please use this form.

For information and presentations from previous conferences, follow the links below:

2018: Non-Native Species - research, recording and the conservation agenda, click here

2017: Yorkshire's Natural History Societies - for naturalists, for nature, for the future, click here

2016: Names, Knowledge and Natural History, click here

2014: Museums and Natural History - the modern perspective, click here

2012: Brownfield Sites and their Importance for Biodiversity, click here