First International Spatial Ecology and Conservation Conference in Birmingham

In September 2011, Angela Brennan, William Moreno and Nienke Eernisse of the ARCH team in Kent attended the first international Spatial Ecology and Conservation Conference in Birmingham (UK).

The conference aimed to bring together scientists, practitioners and conservationists to take stock of the latest advances in spatial ecology and to encourage further communication and collaboration across the sector.

The ARCH team produced and presented a poster entitled ‘The ARCH Kent Habitat Survey: Habitat and Land Cover Change Analysis Over 20 Years’. It outlines the current habitat survey methods and some preliminary results. The poster was well received and attracted attention for its practical applications as well as the history and scale of the habitat data collection in Kent.

During the session on ‘Spatial data: access, capacity and funding’ William Moreno presented ‘How spatial data has been used in Kent to underpin conservation and planning’, putting the ARCH project in the wider context of planning and policy in Kent. William highlighted the project outcomes as a vital source of spatial data for managing the county’s environment and supporting planning strategy and policy.

Conference website: http://www.ert-conservation.co.uk/SEC1-Homepage.htm

Publication of Proceedings in Ecological Informatics: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/705192/description

2 Mers Seas Zeeen Kent County Council Conservatoire Botanique National Bailleul
Region Nord-Pas de Calais Kent Biodiversity Action Partnership