The UK Terrestrial Evidence Partnership of Partnership (TEPoP) brings together partners from across JNCC’s terrestrial biodiversity surveillance schemes to collaborate and share news about monitoring developments and analysis. In October we held the third TEPoP meeting at our Peterborough office where we were delighted to have one representative from each of our partnership surveillance schemes and every country nature conservation body.
The conference heard updates from all the partnership surveillance schemes outlining exciting developments from the year. There were common themes running across several schemes including the involvement of volunteers recording multiple taxa, improvements to websites, and the development of new methods and analyses. Several schemes shared outline developments inspired by other TEPoP partners. A series of workshops explored ways we can work together to access new sources of funding for schemes, and ways partnerships could work together to improve communications with volunteers and policymakers.
The conference included presentations on work developed through the Terrestrial Surveillance Development and Analysis partnership (TSDA), involving our staff, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. This partnership was established alongside TEPoP to undertake cross-taxon analyses using data from across schemes, to build more of an understanding of community and ecosystem changes. It looks at the ways schemes operate and the data they produce, generating recommendations on how we could improve recording to increase data application for conservation and science (for example, a recent report looking at making scheme data more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable).
Other areas of work presented at the conference included an assessment of the taxonomic and geographic coverage of all the monitoring schemes, and a report looking at how scheme data might be used in predictive models to help address priority research questions, such as how pollinators might respond to the restoration of wildflower-rich grasslands.