UK Terrestrial Evidence Partnership of Partnerships
Partnership working is an area that we greatly value at JNCC and consequently an area in which we hold considerable expertise and experience. The crucial role of partnership work at JNCC is well illustrated through our co-ordination of the UK Terrestrial Evidence Partnership of Partnerships (UKTEPoP).
The UKTEPoP was created to bring together a key set of partners working in the field of terrestrial biodiversity surveillance and monitoring. It is intended to be a mechanism to share guidance and facilitate communication across the terrestrial surveillance and monitoring that is funded or co-funded by JNCC. The underlying principle is one of collaboration and knowledge exchange, with the anticipated benefits of enhancing and developing efficient and effective joint working.
Organisations in the UK Terrestrial Evidence Partnership of Partnerships (UKTEPoP) have signed a Declaration of Intent, setting out the main purposes and commitments of the Partnership. Partners include organisations responsible for monitoring schemes, as well as statutory bodies to bring in a policy perspective on requirements and use of monitoring data.
JNCC hosts an annual science-based meeting for the partners to exchange ideas and ways of working with the aim of informing the work planning of each member of the UKTEPoP. Reports from these meetings are available below.
Third TEPoP Meeting
Peterborough, 11 October 2019
On 11th October 2019, we held the third annual TEPoP conference. This year, the venue was JNCC’s offices in Peterborough. We were delighted to have at least one representative from every one of our partnership surveillance schemes, and every country nature conservation body, in attendance.
The conference heard updates from all the partnership surveillance schemes outlining exciting developments from the year. Common themes running across several schemes included:
- the involvement of volunteers recording multiple taxa
- improvements to websites
- the development of new methods and analyses.
It was very encouraging to hear schemes outline developments inspired by other TEPoP partners, such as UKBMS now offering “holiday squares” to improve upland coverage, akin to the BBS “upland rovers”.
The theme of partnership working continued throughout the day. Workshops explored ways to work together to access new sources of funding for schemes, and ways partnerships could work together to improve communications with volunteers and policy makers.
The conference also included presentations on areas of work developed through the Terrestrial Surveillance Development and Analysis partnership (TSDA, involving the British Trust for Ornithology, the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology and JNCC). This partnership was established alongside TEPoP to undertake cross-taxon analyses using data from across schemes, to start to build more of an understanding of community and ecosystem changes. It also looks at the ways schemes currently operate and the data they produce, and generates recommendations on how we might improve recording to increase data application for conservation and science.
Recent areas of TSDA work that were presented at the TEPoP conference include:
- an assessment of the taxonomic and geographic coverage of all the monitoring schemes
- a report looking at making scheme data more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable
- 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.
For further information about the day, please see the conference overview that includes a workshop summary.
Second TEPoP Meeting
Birmingham, 4 October 2018
JNCC hosted the second annual Terrestrial Evidence Partnership of Partnerships (TEPoP) conference on 4 October 2018 in Birmingham. The one-day conference brought together a good representation of partners involved in running and using the results from JNCC co-funded surveillance schemes. The experts gathered to discuss issues and share ideas around topical monitoring issues. The meeting was a mixture of presentations and workshops on three key themes:
- Making scheme outputs as useful as possible
- Engaging with volunteers
- New opportunities and country requirements
Between presentations, there were three workshops with the aim to find solutions to common problems across all schemes. The first of these sessions was on improving volunteer retention and recruitment. The second workshop explored how schemes can get more out of Earth Observation (EO) and vice versa. The final workshop addressed the challenge of meeting more policy needs with biodiversity data.
For further information, please download the workshop summaries.
First TEPoP Meeting
Manchester, 10 October 2017
The meeting was split into two sessions. The morning session had a series of quick presentations that helped everyone get to know about the work being done under the various partnerships and laid the ground for future cross-cutting work. The afternoon session then focussed on the Terrestrial Surveillance, Development and Analysis (TSDA) contract, and was designed to provide an opportunity to shape the work areas it was established to deliver.
Presentations from the morning session were as follows. See the summary document for further information.
- Introduction, including Background to TSDA – Chris Cheffings, JNCC
- UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme – Tom Brereton, UKBMS
- Wetland Bird Survey & Breeding Bird Survey – Dawn Balmer, BTO
- Biological Recording and Analysis – David Roy, BRC
- National Bat Monitoring Programme – Phillip Briggs, Bat Conservation Trust
- Goose and Swan Monitoring Programme – Colette Hall, WWT
- National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme – Helen Roy, CEH
- Non-Native Species Information Portal – Helen Roy, CEH
- Natural Resources Wales – David Allen, NRW
- Avian Demographic Scheme – Rob Robinson, BTO
- Earth Observation – Paul Robinson, JNCC
- National Plant Monitoring Scheme – Oli Pescott & Hayley New, NPMS
Common themes from the morning session
- Communication and Volunteer Engagement: The communication of results to volunteers and other interested groups (via web resources, newsletters etc.) is an area that is working well in several schemes. Equally, maintaining and expanding the volunteer network can be difficult – particularly where volunteers are primarily in older age groups. There may be opportunities to work with other organisations to promote schemes. Different levels of survey are used by some schemes to allow participation for a range of abilities. This will hopefully assist non-experts in progressing to more comprehensive surveys over time.
- Data Analysis: Finding and using suitable external datasets to better analyse the causes of population trends was highlighted as a problem by several schemes. Schemes collecting data using different levels of survey require methods to combine and use each of these different sources effectively. There may be opportunities for the species surveillance schemes to provide data that are valuable for Earth Observation and vice versa.
- Policy Perspective (NRW): New legislation and concepts, which emphasise sustainable management and resilience, are leading to new monitoring requirements in Wales. Important questions include: Can data at the country-level and smaller scale be improved, and how do we maximise the value of the data that are collected? To what extent will data limitations affect attempts to develop combined metrics?
Afternoon TSDA workshop session
The afternoon TSDA session ran as a series of workshop activities. The themes of these workshops were gap filling, models for prediction, and trends and drivers.