Event: State of the UK's Invertebrates Virtual Symposium

Biological Recording Company

19th July 2024

Cost: £1 - £25

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

British invertebrates make up the majority of our native fauna and provide a wealth of ecosystem services, yet they often fly under the radar compared to their vertebrate counterparts. Understanding the status of invertebrate populations is vital to evidence-based conservation but with only a fraction of our invertebrates assessed against IUCN Red List criteria, how can we ensure that we are protecting populations that we don't understand?

The 2023 State of Nature Report unveiled alarming statistics: 476 of our beloved invertebrates are teetering on the brink of extinction, with their species distributions decreasing by an average of 13% since 1970. It's a wake-up call to action!

The State of the UK's Invertebrates Virtual Symposium will bring together a range of invertebrate specialists to showcase some of the innovative work that is being undertaken. We'll explore what is being done to improve our understanding of British invertebrate populations and what we can do to protect the species that are struggling. Join us for this one-off event and be part of the conversation.

Speaker Programme

This event will feature four presentations followed by a panel discussion with the speakers:

  1. Ten Years of Invertebrate Surveying in the Natural England Field Unit with Pete Boardman (Natural England)
  2. Britain's Endemic Invertebrates with Craig Macadam (Buglife)
  3. Assessing the Status of UK Earthworms with Keiron Derek Brown (Biological Recording Company)
  4. Speaker 4 details coming soon...

The presentations will be recorded and shared with those who booked alongside Q&A transcripts and lists of useful links following the event with those who booked via a password-protected website following the event.

Ticket Fees

This event is unfunded and we rely on ticket fees to cover the costs of running the event. However, we did not want cost to be a barrier to attendance so we are letting you decide what you can afford to pay to attend.

  1. Professional Ticket - £25. Ticket option for those attending in a professional capacity as part of their work or for their career professional development.
  2. Non-professional Ticket - Pay what you can afford (minimum fee of £1, recommended donation £10). Ticket option for non-professionals such as volunteer biological recorders, conservation volunteers and citizen scientists.

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