Midlands Branch Evening Meeting Using Bioacoustics for Field Survey Carlos Abrahams, Baker Consultants & Using accelerometers for Honeybee colony condition monitoring Martin Bencsik, NTU NTU Clifton Campus Thursday 19 May 2022 at 6pm
Midlands Branch Evening Meeting
Carlos Abrahams, Baker Consultants
Martin Bencsik, Associate Professor, NTU
NTU Clifton Campus
Thursday 19 May 2022
6pm for a 6:30pm start

Bioacoustics is the study of animal ecology and behaviour through the use of sound. This approach is commonly used by researchers and consultants studying bats and cetaceans in Europe and globally. The same approach can also be used for a variety of other species groups, including birds, mammals, amphibians and invertebrates, but is rarely used due to a lack of knowledge and established practice. This webinar will show how acoustic recording has a great untapped potential for tackling conservation issues, generating new data that could support the protection of rare species, and better understanding of the environment. The session will introduce and explain a range of hardware, software and field/analysis methods, demonstrating how bioacoustics can be used to determine presence/absence, distribution and populations of target species or communities. The evidence for potential benefits, and disadvantages, will be explained, to allow attendees to understand how they might be able to use bioacoustics within their own practice.

Carlos Abrahams is Technical Director at Baker Consultants in Derbyshire and a Senior Lecturer on the Environmental Biology BSc at Nottingham Trent University. He has been working in ecology and nature conservation roles for more than 25 years, with expertise in ecological survey, wetland ecology and bioacoustics. He has recently published a number of scientific papers on bird bioacoustics, and is trying to develop the application of these methods within the UK.

Using accelerometers for honeybee colony condition monitoring
Martin Bencsik, Associate Professor, NTU

Martin Bencsik’s research group has pioneered the use of accelerometer sensors for monitoring honeybee colonies.  They have achieved long term monitoring of the activity of a honeybee colony from within the heart of the colony, for time durations longer than that of the colony itself. In this talk he will review the technology, its strengths and limitations, and will present a variety of results obtained in the last ten years, including recent work that is not published yet.

This in-person event is free to attend, no need to book, everyone welcome. CPD certificates will be provided. The evening will continue with drinks/food and an opportunity to network after the event at a nearby venue TBC. If you have any queries, please contact philip.hainsworth@atkinsglobal.com.

Location: NTU Clifton Campus. Room location is LT2, in the Teaching and Learning building, ref 12 on the campus map available at: https://www4.ntu.ac.uk/map_files/Clifton_2D.pdf

Transport: Parking is available in the student car park, entry at the Main Gate. It is necessary to pre-book parking spaces. Please email carlos.abrahams@ntu.ac.uk your name and reg numbers to book a space. Public transport is available by bus (see the campus map) or tram to Clifton centre, (15 min walk away).

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