We recently posted advance notification about the Forum’s Annual Meeting on Friday 31 March 2017. We are delighted to provide the titles of the two talks by researchers currently working on Thorne & Hatfield Moors SSSI.
“Dynamic habitat selection of the European Nightjar from a Thorne & Hatfield Moors perspective” Lucy Ryan (University of York).
“Gimme shelter: Role of refugia and impact of restoration on insect conservation on Thorne Moor” Ashley Buchan (University of Edinburgh).
Lucy’s talk in 2016 was very well received and in no small part down to the enthusiastic and informative delivery by a researcher clearly passionate about her subject. This year will see her providing us with an update on her research which will continue through the 2017 season and also involve the 2018 season.
Nightjar chicks: fantastically camouflaged and not easy to spot when they remain motionless to avoid predation.
Ashley is looking at invertebrates and the succession assemblages across a host of areas ranging from parts of Thorne Moors which saw peat extraction cease in the 1950s through to the early 2000s when the Government of the day bought out the extant planning permissions from Scotts (UK) Ltd for some £17.3m Ashley’s work has involved looking at characteristic species of particular habitats and how these habitats change over time. This work along with Lucy’s will hopefully inform management planning for these important sites.
The talks, which are scheduled to take place after the formal business (Forum members only), are open to the public but places do need to be booked, contact the email@example.com to register an interest. There is no charge for the talks but a donation in lieu for refreshments and light buffet lunch will be used towards the purchase of more research equipment (particularly the tags needed to track the nightjars activity).
Copies of the two recently produced faunas Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Thorne Moors 1837 – 2014 and The water beetles of Yorkshire will be available for purchase along with other Forum publications.