06 April 2016

GWCT to keynote The Mammal Society Cranbrook Lecture

Squirrel laying on branchThe Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are proud to announce one of their senior researchers, Dr Jonathan Reynolds, will be delivering the prestigious Cranbrook Lecture which precedes The Mammal Society’s annual Spring Conference.

Jonathan Reynolds, GWCT’s Head of Predation Control Studies, on 8th April, will be kicking off the 62nd conference with the intriguingly-titled: 'Sticking to the evidence: poo traps, politics and the mammal researcher'.

The conference then continues through the weekend covering a range of topics, from rabbit populations to squirrel pox. There are also workshops on bat behaviour around wind turbines and the new mitigation guidance for water voles.

The Mammal Society’s Spring Conference acts as a forum for mammal experts and enthusiasts to meet in a friendly relaxed atmosphere to hear the results of new research, discuss contemporary issues in conservation and network with other like-minded people.

With the help of their Mammal Tracker App, The Mammal Society are currently processing all submitted mammal recordings, to create the first Mammal Atlas in 20 years. The National Mammal Atlas Project (NMAP) aims to present a vital new baseline distribution data of all British mammals. The Atlas will be released later this year, however The Mammal Society are still calling for members of public to record all mammal sightings.

Fiona Matthews, The Mammal Society Chair says: “We are delighted to have Jonathan Reynolds delivering this year’s Cranbrook Lecture.  This annual event is free and open to the public, and will present ‘Sticking to the evidence: poo traps, politics and the mammal researcher’. It will be followed by the 2016 Mammal Photographer of the Year Exhibition.”

For more information on the conference and to book tickets please follow the link to Eventbrite or email Jackie Wells training@themammalsociety.org

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line - at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Joel Holt
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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