Are our species indicators fit for purpose?

8th Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF8)

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 10:00–16:00

The Royal Society, London

 

Agenda

 

Workshop Chair, Dr Andy Stott, Defra

 

09:30  

Registration and coffee

 

10:00 

Welcome from the Chair

 

10:05

Are our species indicators fit-for-purpose? 

Introductory talk from Professor Ian Boyd, Defra

 

10:20

Assessing confidence and communicating meaning: the experience of the LWEC Climate Change Impact Report Cards

Dr Mike Moorcroft, Natural England

 

10:30

Introduction to the species indicators: data, modelling approaches, and trends

Christine Holleran, Defra

 

 

Session 1: How good are the established indicators at showing changes in species populations and how can they be improved in the short term?

 

10:40

Introduction to Session 1
Andy Stott

 

10:50

Group discussion 1

Each of five tables will discuss one of the following species trends:

  1. Farmland, woodland, wetland birds, facilitated by Dr Mark Eaton, RSPB
  2. Seabirds, facilitated by Amanda Kuepfer, JNCC
  3. Wintering wetland birds, facilitated by Dr David Noble, BTO
  4. Butterflies, facilitated by Dr Tom Brereton, BC
  5. Bats, facilitated by Dr Karen Haysom, BCT

 

11:35

Group discussion 2

As above, but groups discuss a different trend

 

12:20

Facilitators from group discussions report back: Group discussion on improvements to increase confidence

 

13:05

Lunch

 

 

Session 2: Can we go beyond trends for a few narrow taxonomic groups to more comprehensive indicators of biodiversity and ecological communities in the longer term?

 

13:55

Chair's introduction to afternoon session

 

14:00

A policy perspective – aligning indicators to strategies and targets

Dr Sarah Webster, Defra

 

14:10

Measuring and monitoring Natural Capital

Dr Stewart Clarke, Natural England (contributing author Section 2 of NCC report)

 

14:20

Learning from other’s experience

John Sawyer, Chief Executive NBN Trust

 

14:30

Aims of the afternoon breakout group discussions

Mark Stevenson, Defra

 

14:35

Afternoon coffee available – for drinking in the breakout groups

 

14:45

Round-table discussion on options and ways forward to produce comprehensive indicators of biodiversity and ecological communities in the longer term

 

Facilitators:

Professor Tim Coulson, University of Oxford

Professor Roy Haines-Young, University of Nottingham

Professor Ken Norris, University of Reading

Dr Helen Roy, Biological Records Centre, CEH

Professor Jonathan Silvertown, The Open University

 

15:25

Report back from facilitators (5 minutes each)

 

15:50

Chair’s summary of the day

 

16:00

Workshop close

 

A copy of the final workshop report can be viewed here.