After an unscheduled break in 2020 we can now confirm that this year the much anticipated annual London Recorders Day has returned in full force!

London Recorders Day is a collaborative effort of the Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), the FSC BioLinks Project and the London Natural History Museum. This event brings together the wildlife recorders across London to discuss exciting projects and initiatives through some incredible speakers, engaging topics and some interactive sessions. This years event we will be celebrating “The Uses of Data” with a variety of speakers across a range of subjects relating to creating, sharing and using biological records in a practical way.

Through the use of the Natural History Museums facilities, we can now offer virtual seats, meaning everyone can attend, regardless of their location or situation, and with the aid of our dedicated virtual teams, all attendees will have the opportunity to take part in Q & A sessions with the speakers.
We hope to deliver a live in-person event at the Natural History Museum (London) while simultaneously hosting a virtual event. In the event of changes to the government guidance regarding social distancing and hosting public events, it may be necessary to convert this event into a fully online event. In the event of London Recorders’ Day 2021 becoming a virtual, rather than a hybrid event, all in-person attendees will be provided with a virtual attendance ticket.

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Scheduled Speakers

Elliot Newton: Beavers in London

Citizen Zoo, working with the Beaver Trust recently helped to establish the London Beaver Working Group, an inclusive and collaborative space for organisations to discuss and share knowledge about the future of Beavers in London. This talk will introduce how beavers could have an active role in fighting both the ecological and climate emergency in London and how we may need to prepare for their natural recolonisation

Katie Boyles: Rescuing Warren Farm: Armed with biological records and melted chocolate

Katie shares her journey from a dog-walking-nature-loving-lay-person to a passionate, amateur species recorder and often-bewildered local activist. She highlights the importance of community activism, learning from experts, and a petition of over 10,500 supporters who want to see Warren Farm Nature Reserve become a reality. And shares her dream for everyone to one day get the chance to smell a hedgehog poo!

Sarah Knight: Does nature make us happy?

There is significant evidence to suggests exposure to nature is good for our health and well-being. This is particularly true in large urban areas such as London. But inequalities exist in access to, and the quality of, London’s natural spaces. In this talk, I will discuss how data is being used to explore the relationship between green/blue space, biodiversity, health and well-being, inequalities, and nature connectedness.

David Howdon: 60 years of moth recording in a London woodland

David discusses the history of moth recording at Perivale Wood and the challenges of collating decades worth of records, even in the case of a single site run by one organisation.

Frankie Moorman (GiGL): The Ancient Woodland Inventory Update Project

GiGL is the Greater London lead for Natural England’s Ancient Woodland Inventory (AWI) update project. The AWI update project was set up in 2019 and involves using a consistent and quality-controlled methodology to create an accurate and robust record of ancient woodland and ancient wood-pasture nationally. This update will help to ensure the inventory can meet its full potential as a conservation tool. As such, these irreplaceable and valuable habitats will receive the protection and sustainable management they deserve

Eleni Foui (GiGL): The Data Search Report Service

Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL), London’s Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC), provides a data search report service to ecological consultants and other stakeholders. We will provide an overview of the data search report and service and its use in London.

John Tweddle: The Urban Nature Project

In this talk, John introduces the Urban Nature Project, a new UK-wide programme that aims to empower individuals and communities to connect with, monitor and restore nature within the UK’s towns and cities. Creating and applying new large-scale urban biodiversity datasets – from biological records to environmental DNA and ecoacoustic data – will be central to the delivery of the project’s scientific and educational goals. As part of this work, the Natural History Museum’s gardens will be developed into a hub for urban wildlife-focused research, training provision and conservation​ action.

Mathew Frith (LWT): Stag Beetles and Londoners; from postcard to Instagram

It’s the public that have shown us where stag beetles are found in London; surveys since 1997, utilising postal and digital means, have confirmed their distribution and helped stimulate conservation efforts to benefit saproxylic species in the capital.

Steve Boulton: Big City Butterflies Project

London is home to a surprising diversity of butterflies and moths. Over twenty-five of the UK’s 59 butterfly species can be spotted in the capital. Big City Butterflies is an exciting new project which will inspire Londoners to discover butterflies and moths, and connect them with nature and their local green spaces.

Michael Pocock: The DECIDE Project: Recording nature where it matters

Citizen science is a wonderful way of gathering information on wildlife, and the records can be used to monitor changes in our environment. One way in which we can use these data is to predict where species occur, and with the increasing availability of high-resolution records (e.g. from smartphone apps), we are now producing prediction maps at 100m resolution – making them very suitable for local decision-making. Of course, more records from volunteers are helpful, but we don’t simply need more records: we need records from the right places to optimally improve our predictions. We will show how the DECIDE project is developing methods to work with volunteers to do just that, focusing initially on butterflies and moths.

Natural History Museum: Angela Marmont Centre Collections Update

Stephanie Holt gives an overview of the London Natural History museums Angela Marmot Centre collections and updates from the last year and any plans for the upcoming year.

Keiron Derek Brown & Maria Roberts: London Natural History Society Updates 

A 10-minute roundup of society news and events, including a presentation from society president, Maria Roberts, on the Bookham Common Survey.

Updated 11th October 2021


London Recorders’ Day 2021 is a collaborative effort from the FSC BioLinks project, Greenspace Information for Greater London and the Natural History Museum.

Please note that in the event of changes to the government guidance regarding social distancing and hosting public events it may be necessary to convert this event into a fully online event. In the event of London Recorders’ Day 2021 becoming a virtual, rather than a hybrid event, all in-person attendees will be provided with a virtual attendance ticket.

Tickets and Fees

Earlybird tickets are only available until 17th October 2021.

Virtual Attendees (one ticket required per device)

Earlybird ticket:    £5    select 'Attendee Subsidised (Online)'
Regular ticket:   £10   select 'Attendee (Online)'

Book your Virtual Tickets via our Virtual Booking Page 

In-person Attendees (one ticket required per attendee)

Earlybird ticket:    £5    select 'Attendee Subsidised (In-person)'
Regular ticket:   £10   select 'Attendee (In-person)'

Book you In-person attendee tickets via the In-person attendee Booking Page 

Please note that in the event of changes to the government guidance regarding social distancing and hosting public events it may be necessary to convert this event into a fully online event. In the event of London Recorders' Day 2021 becoming a virtual, rather than a hybrid event, all in-person attendees will be provided with a virtual attendance ticket.

Example Timetable


We are currently in the process of developing a programme of events and as such the proposed programme timings may be subject to slight alterations.
The running order of speakers has yet to be finalised and will be updated accordingly.

10:15 am Doors open (for physical attendees)
10:35 am Introductions and Welcome (For both physical and virtual attendees)
10:40 am Steph Holt – An update from the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity
10:45 am Elliot Newton – Beavers in London
11:00 am Sarah Knight – Does nature make us happy?
11:15 am John Tweddle – Introducing the Urban Nature Project
11:30 am Mathew Frith - Stag Beetles and Londoners; from postcard to Instagram
11:45 am Q&A Session
11:55 Break
12:30 pm Steve Bolton - Big City Butterflies Project
12:45 pm Eleni Foui – GiGL’s Data Search Report Service
13:00 pm Katie Boyles - How Warren Farm was saved from developers
13:15 pm LNHS – Updates from LNHS
13:30 pm Q&A Session
13:40 pm Lunch
14:40 pm Welcome back
14:45 pm Frankie Moorman – Ancient Woodland Inventory Update Project
14:50 pm Michael Pocock – The DECIDE Project; recording nature where it matters
15:05 pm  David Howdon - Selbourne Society – 60 years of moth recording in a London wood
15:20 pm Q&A Session
15:30 pm Break
15:50 pm - Workshop - GiGL - A lead discussion on the journey of data from its collection to the many ways it is used.
16:30 pm End of day

Bursaries and Subsidies

This event is susidised by the FSC BioLinks project, Natural History Museum and GiGL.

FSC BioLinks

FSC BioLinks is an exciting project for FSC in the South East and West Midlands, bringing together existing volunteers with skills in biological recording and identification, and new volunteers.

This project provides subsidised training courses, learning opportunities and digital tools focussed on invertebrate identification for anyone involved or interested in biological recording, to build and strengthen the community.

Invertebrates provide us with many useful ecosystem services, like pollination and decomposition, which we cannot survive without but their numbers are declining. Few people know how to identify or record invertebrates meaning there is a lack of data

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £1.23 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for this project.

Before You Attend

Getting to the Natural History Museum

This conference will be held in the Flett Lecture Theatre at the Natural History Museum. Please enter the Museum via the Staff entrance, which is adjacent to the Exhibition Road public entrance; see map). This will allow you to avoid the main visitor queues. Inform the Museum’s security team that you are here for the conference and they will show you inside. A member of the conference team will direct you to the Flett Lecture Theatre.

By Tube

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington, about a five-minute walk from the Museum's main entrance on Exhibition Road. It services the District and Circle lines. Piccadilly line trains will not stop here until spring 2022. This station is not step-free.

Gloucester Road station is about a 12-minute walk from the main entrance on Cromwell Road. It services the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines. This station has a lift but is not step-free.

Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the quickest route to the Museum. Follow Transport for London's Coronavirus safe travel guidance.

By Bus

Several bus routes stop near the Museum. Visit Transport for London's website for details.

By bicycle

There are cycle racks on Exhibition Road. The nearest Santander Cycles docking stations are on Exhibition Road and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.

By car

The venue does not have parking facilities on-site and parking around the Museum is limited.

Disabled parking

There is very limited number of parking spaces on site for Blue Badge holders. Availability cannot be guaranteed. Please book in advance by calling the venue on +44 (0)20 7942 6230. You can access these spaces via Queen's Gate, SW7 5HD, to the west of the Museum.

There are also twelve Blue Badge parking spaces on Exhibition Road. These spaces are managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and cannot be booked in advance. You can park there for four hours between 8.30 and 18.30. Find out more on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's website.