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Identification Skills Assessment, Natural History Museum, LONDON

April 16

As many of you probably expected, with the closure of the Natural History Museum on Wednesday for a minimum of 2 months, this workshop will not be able to proceed as originally planned. We are currently investigating if it might be possible to hold the conference remotely, or if it would be better to postpone the event to later in the year when hopefully we will all be able to meet face to face. We will be in touch as soon as possible, however we would appreciate it if you could still hold the date of the 16th April in your diaries for the mean time. If you haven’t currently confirmed if you will be able to attend on the 16th, or if you would like to revise your previous acceptance/decline, please let us know at the earliest opportunity.

On Thursday 16th April the Natural History Museum, and The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management are convening a workshop to explore best practices and key challenges in Identification Skills assessment, to be held at the Natural History Museum, London.

This is the third of four workshops being held in response to the growing recognition of the role that cities play in securing sustainable futures for nature.  We will be considering the specific opportunities and challenges urban environments present to including people with nature. We would like to explore contemporary best practices specifically to both to shape and develop how volunteers can deliver surveying and monitoring, and, practical conservation across the range of urban habitats. We will be publishing the workshop’s key findings to enable the development of best practice in volunteering in urban conservation.

The principal theme of this workshop is going to be identification skills assessment, with a focus on that fact that a number of different, and fairly disparate, organisations have been considering the BSBI’s Field Identification Skills Certificate criteria and how they can be applied to other taxa beyond plants. CIEEM are interested from the standpoint of representing professional ecologists and how this alters potential criteria, they want to explore the application of the skills assessment model to survey standards as well as ID standards, and discuss how criteria could fit under their current competency framework. We’ll be looking at how & where skills assessment can be undertaken for a range of taxa and the necessity and practicality of generating agreed standards within those taxonomic groups.

There will be four workshops discussing the application of the FISC criteria:

  1. Invertebrates
  2. Vertebrates
  3. Bryophytes/lichens
  4. Professional Practice/Survey standards

We are inviting representatives of organisations based across the UK whose work particularly relates to identification skills, training and surveying, both with volunteers and professionals, and as an organisation with significant experience in this area we would very much like it if you, or another member of your organisation were able to join us on the day. We can support your attendance through covering any travel expenses incurred, and accommodation if necessary.

Please could you reply to me to indicate if you (or another member of your organisation, and their name, email and job title in which case) would be able to join us, and if you would require accommodation to be provided in order to facilitate this. In addition, if you are aware of individuals or organisations who are not included in the attached list of invited organisations that you feel should be present, please do let us know so we can extend an invitation. Should you be able to attend we will be back in touch over the next couple of weeks with further details of the day and an initial list of other organisations also attending.


Best wishes,

Marla Spencer

Administrative Assistant for NHM’s Urban Nature Project

Email: marla.spencer@nhm.ac.uk


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