UKAN+ Monitoring UK Biodiversity Symposium 15-16th June

15 June - 16 June 2022

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Manchester Metropolitan University

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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.
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.

Join us for a series of keynote talks, panels, workshops and discussions over two days in Manchester, or join in and contribute online:

Day 1:

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 Dr. Huw Lloyd

Session 2: Species-specific monitoring. Chaired by Dr Oliver Metcalf

Evening poster and networking session


Day 2:

Keynote talk by Sara King – Rewilding Britain.

Session 1: Monitoring soundscapes. Chaired by Dr. Alice Eldridge

Session 2: Standards for acoustics in UK long-term biodiversity monitoring. Chaired by Carlos Abrahams, Baker Consultants

We also aspire to host an event friendly to early-career researchers and those new or yet to use acoustic monitoring – with the aim to encourage greater uptake in these promising methods. The 2nd hour of each of the first 3 sessions will also have a parallel training session encompassing; (i) introductions to equipment, survey design and basic principles, (ii) undertaking acoustic analysis for target species, (iii) soundscape analysis using acoustic indices.

Contributions across the symposium from:
Professor Alex Rogers (University of Oxford/Audiomoth), Paul Howden-Leech (Wildlife Acoustics), Dr Simon Gillings, BTO, Dr. Sarab Sethi (Cambridge University), Becky Heath (Imperial College London), Dr Jenna Lawson, (Imperial College London) and others.

Event Fee(s):
In person:
£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
Please indicate when registering if you would like to present a poster. Priority given to ECR applications.

Discounts and travel-bursaries are available for ECRs and other concessions for in-person attendance (please contact us on the email below for more details).
This workshop 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.
For any further information, please contact Oliver Metcalf at o.metcalf ‘at’ mmu.ac.uk

We hope to see you there!
OPEN TO ALL – no need for UKAN+ or Institute of Acoustic Membership. If you are not a member, please use the UKAN+ member event fees on the registration page.


Posted on 4th April 2022 in Events, Bioacoustics (SIGBio), Early Careers Group