Terrestrial Evidence Partnership of Partnerships First Meeting

Manchester, 10th October 2017


The meeting was split into two sessions the morning session had a series of quickTEPoP Room 2017 presentations that helped everyone get to know about the work being done under the various partnerships and laid the ground for future cross-cutting work. The afternoon session then focused on the Terrestrial Surveillance, Development and Analysis (TSDA) contract, and was designed to provide an opportunity to shape the work areas it was established to deliver.

Presentations from the morning session are available to view here, please click on the logo:


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JNCC Introduction


Chris Cheffings, Introduction including Background to TSDA



Tom Brereton, UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme



 Dawn Balmer, Wetland Bird Survey & Breeding Bird Survey

 Biological Records Centre


David Roy, Biological Recording and Analysis (BRC)

Bat Conservation Trust


Phillip Briggs, National Bat Monitoring Programme

WWT logo


Colette Hall, Goose and Swan Monitoring Programme

CEH logo


Helen Roy, National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
 CEH logo Helen Roy, Non-Native Species Information Portal




David Allen, Natural Resources Wales
 BTOlogo Rob Robinson, Avian Demographic Scheme
 JNCC Logo (globe) Paul Robinson, Earth Observation



Oli Pescott & Hayley New, National Plant Monitoring Scheme


Common themes from the morning session


Communication and Volunteer Engagement

The communication of results to volunteers and other interested groups (via web resources, newsletters etc.) is an area that is working well in several schemes.

Equally, maintaining and expanding the volunteer network can be difficult – particularly where volunteers are primarily in older age groups. There may be opportunities to work with other organisations to promote schemes.

Different levels of survey are used by some schemes to allow participation for a range of abilities. This will hopefully assist non-experts in progressing to more comprehensive surveys over time.

Data Analysis

Finding and using suitable external datasets to better analyse the causes of population trends was highlighted as a problem by several schemes.

Schemes collecting data using different levels of survey require methods to combine and use each of these different sources effectively.

There may be opportunities for the species surveillance schemes to provide data that are valuable for Earth Observation and vice versa.

Policy Perspective (NRW)

New legislation and concepts, which emphasise sustainable management and resilience, are leading to new monitoring requirements in Wales.

Important questions include: Can data at the country-level and smaller scale be improved, and how do we maximise the value of the data that are collected? To what extent will data limitations affect attempts to develop combined metrics?

The afternoon TSDA session ran as a series of workshop activities. The output from this will take a little while to synthesis and will be added when that task has been done.