Biodiversity data for conservation evidence
Without the data held by GCER and other LERCs, professional conservationists would lack key sources of information, making it much harder to get an informed picture of which conservation activities are succeeding and which need adjustment. GCER is therefore part of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's Evidence Team.
The Evidence Team is headed by the new GWT Director of Conservation, Dr Gareth Parry, and includes GCER staff Rob and Linda, a member of staff responsible for Key Wildlife Sites (currently a vacancy), the Local Nature Partnership Manager, Jackie Jobes, Pine Marten Project Officer Dr Andrew Stringer and Survey and Monitoring Co-ordinator Dr Kathy Meakin. Evidence Team staff both generate and use data which is used to monitor the success - or not - of key conservation activities.
Presenting the evidence
An important use of biodiversity data is to offer to others a clear picture of how wildlife is faring both in Gloucestershire and the wider context. To this end a series of State of the Natural Environment reports has been produced by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (click here to view and download reports). GCER has also contributed data to, and in some cases produced, wildlife fact files, baseline inventories of wildlife in the county and a range of reports and research projects.
Future interpretation of data is likely to take the presentation of conservation evidence further, offering a more accessible source of information for members of the public and GWT members as well as conservation professionals. Watch our news page for updates.
The Foresters' Forest HLF Landscape Partnership project Development Phase Biodiversity Baseline Report was produced by GCER using data collated from a wide range of wildlife surveys in the Forest of Dean. The Report forms one of the baseline records from which the success of the project will be assessed after the Delivery Phase. Download a copy here to see how the data was presented.
More examples to follow; meanwhile, check out the links to other sites for some conservation evidence context.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
The following sites offer useful context to the conservation evidence work being carried out by the GWT Evidence Team: