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Data for nature: making biological records work for wildlife conservation

Natural History Live by Simon Rolph

Across the conservation movement, there is a growing consensus that we need to incorporate data and evidence into our work. But what does this actually look like? What are the key challenges? How can your biological records help us achieve this?

Through Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust’s Heritage Fund supported project ‘More Data for Nature’ we are working to improve how we collect and use ecological data about our reserves and surrounding area. This talk provides an insight into how one Wildlife Trust is working to ensure that utilising ecological data is central to their work towards nature’s recovery.

Find out more about the project on the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust website.

FSC Natural History Live webinars are free online learning experiences for adults, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up for the FSC Biodiversity newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities and receive exclusive discounts.

Tutor: Simon Rolph

Having recently completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield, Simon is now the data and monitoring officer at Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. His research has primarily focused on working with demographic data of plants but his work now encompasses the use of data for the conservation of many taxa. As well as data, he has a particular love of ferns.


These Natural History Live webinars are made available to all at no cost. If you would like to contribute to the FSC Biodiversity projects, you can do so by selecting the option to attend at a cost of £5. All donated fees go contribute financially to FSC Biodiversity project work to provide adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences.

Attendee (Online) - select if you would like to attend at a cost of £5 (all donated fees go towards supporting the FSC Biodiversity project activities)

Attendee Discounted (Online) - select if you would like to attend at no cost

Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC EcoSkills project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC EcoSkills project team

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here:
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: