Event /  15 Jun 2022

UKAN+ Monitoring UK Biodiversity Symposium 15-16th June

This summer the UKAN+ Bioacoustics Special Interest Group is hosting a hybrid in-person and online symposium over two days on the use of acoustics for long-term monitoring of biodiversity in the UK. Join us for a series of keynote talks, panels, workshops and discussions over two days in Manchester, or join in and contribute online.

Hybrid Event
15 Jun 2022 - this event is in the past.
9:30 am ~ 5:30 pm Europe/London
All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M1 5GD, United Kingdom.


Day 1 09:30-17:30: 

Keynote talk by Kate Jones, Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity, in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), University College London. 

Session 1: Hardware, Set-up, and Study Design. Chaired by Huw Lloyd 
Hour 1: Acoustic hardware panel with: Alex Rogers, Paul Howden-Leech, Sarab Sethi, Becky Heath. 
Hour 2: Optimising sampling regimes: Tom Bradfer-Lawrence, Oliver Metcalf and discussion. 
Parallel session: Introduction to basic acoustic monitoring set-up - Jim Longley

Lunch: GROW Manchester - meat free menu from around the globe

Session 2: Species-specific monitoring. Chaired by Oliver Metcalf 
Hour 1: Beyond species sichness and integrating multitaxa approaches: short talks followed by discussion from: Carlos Abrahams, Sylvain Haupert, David Jarrett, Simon Gillings, Alex Rogers and Yves Bas. 
Hour 2: Discussion on the future of acoustic monitoring for species. 
Parallel session: Introduction to species-specific identification software: Paul Howden-Leech (Kaleidoscope Pro), Danielle Texeira (monitoR) and Stefan Kahl (BirdNET).

Poster and networking session 

17:30 onwards; Informal food and drinks networking event in private room at The Salutation pub afterwards.

Day 2: 

Keynote talk by Sara King - Rewilding Britain. 

Session 3: Monitoring soundscapes. Chaired by Alice Eldridge 
Hour 1: Lightening talks from: Almo Farina, Susan Fuller, Sarab Sethi, Jack Greenhalgh, Jan Dick, Jerome Sueur. 
Hour 2: Discussion on applications and open questions in soundscape monitoring 
Parallel session: An introduction to acoustic indices analysis in R by Jenna Lawson.

Lunch: GROW Manchester - meat free menu from around the globe

Session 4: Discussion and panel session on standards for acoustics in UK long-term biodiversity monitoring. Chaired by Carlos Abrahams, Baker Consultants with Ella Browning, Pat Waring and jamie Dunning.

16:00: Summary and end of symposium


Purpose of the symposium
In the UK, the use of acoustics in biodiversity monitoring has traditionally focussed on a few taxa, bats and cetaceans, for which guidelines and protocols have been established. As the need for long-term biodiversity monitoring in the UK increases – with the advent of Biodiversity Net Gain schemes, changes to environmental subsidies and increasing popularity of rewilding, we host a symposium that aims to build on existing knowledge to establish best practice for monitoring of a broad range of taxa, including birds, amphibians, insects and terrestrial mammals, as well as how to incorporate ecoacoustic methods for monitoring entire soundscapes. We will bring academics, industry, government and non-governmental organisations together to discuss and establish guidelines on acoustic methods for long-term biodiversity monitoring in the UK.


Event Fee(s):

In person (final registration Wednesday 8th June):
£17.50 General – including lunch and coffees on both days
£15.00 Early Careers Researchers & other concessions – including lunch and coffees on both days 
£ 20.00 General
£ 5.00 Early Careers Researchers & other concessions

OPEN TO ALL – no need for UKAN+ or Institute of Acoustic Membership.

Register here

Please indicate when registering if you would like to present a poster. Priority given to ECR applications. 

A limited number of travel-bursaries up to £100 are available for ECRs and other concessions for in-person attendance - email for details. Some of these are still available so please get in touch.

This symposium is co-organised by Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Sussex and the University of Bristol. It is funded by UKAN+ with support from the Sussex Humanities Lab and Sussex Sustainability Research Programme at the University of Sussex, and the Faculty of Science and Engineering at MMU.

For any further information, please contact Oliver Metcalf

We hope to see you there!


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