The Mammal Society 63rd Spring Conference & AGM
Friday March 31st, 2017 6.00pm – Sunday April 2nd 2017 16:30pm Robinson College, University of Cambridge
This year’s conference was a huge success. Thank you to all who attended, presented their research or brought a stall. We had a fantastic array of talks about a wide range of mammalian research.
Simon King presented a wonderful Cranbrook lecture inspiring us all to keep watching our local wildlife, and presented the prizes for our fantastic Mammal Photographer of the Year 2017 winners.
Professor Bill Sutherland’s plenary lecture, asking “What works in Mammal Conservation?” highlighted the need for increased evidence based conservation.
Congratulations to Svenja Kroeger from the University of Aberdeen who won our prize for best student presentation for “Cumulative reproductive costs on current reproduction in wild yellow-bellied marmots.”
Adam Grogan was the much deserved winner of our award for services to mammalian research. Adam was a member of the Mammal Society Council for many years, and has done a huge amount of work with mammals with Oxford University’s WildCRU and as head of wildlife for the RSPCA.
Our four workshops; “Bat mitigation: new research to improve the evidence base” by Fiona Mathews and Paul Lintott, “Harvest mice: sharing experiences of how to set up and conduct surveys” by Derek Crawley and Sue Smallshire, “What can we do to help conserve Britain’s hedgehogs?” by Nigel Reeve and “Opportunities for research and researchers: enhancing academic engagement in the Mammal Society” by Richard Shore, were a great end to an incredibly positive few days.
A huge thank you to Robinson College, our venue, who went out of their way to support the conference and put on a delicious conference dinner. An additional thank you to Cambridge Mammal Group and particularly Peter Pilbeam for devising our after dinner quiz.
We will be making some speaker presentations available to view on this page. A full report of the conference will be included in the next edition of Mammal News.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Exeter University next year for our 64th Spring Conference from the 20th-22nd June 2018.
An abstracts booklet for all talks is now available to download and print below for interested parties. Please note that these will not be provided at the conference in the interests of saving paper.
Laura Kubasiewicz, the Mammal Society
Josie Bridges, Vincent Wildife Trust
David Tosh, Centre of Environmental Data and Recording
Paddy Sleeman, University College Cork
Karen Loxton, Cork Nature Network
Richard Woolnough, Suffolk Mammal Group
Deborah Brady, Newcastle University
Emily O’Regan, Bangor University
Eleanor Atkins, Staffordshire University
Owain Barton, Bangor University
Stephen Vickers, Cardiff University
Nicola Marples, Trinity College
Aoibheann Gaughran, Trinity College
Chris Smillie and Daniel Howie, SRUC
Margaret Andrews, Liverpool John Moores University
Deborah Wright, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
David Kelly, Trinity College
Simone Bullion, Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Ella Vogel, NBN Trust
David Everest, APHA