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PTES Conferences

Our conferences attract wildlife experts and enthusiasts from all over the UK and Europe. As a leading authority on species such as dormice and hedgehogs these events are a must for anyone working with or learning about wildlife.

National Dormouse Conference 2019

Our third National Dormouse Conference took place on Saturday 16th November 2019 at the University of Reading. This one- day event was primarily for dormouse monitoring volunteers to learn more about hazel dormouse conservation and meet up with fellow wildlife enthusiasts. The day was packed full of exciting talks from the country’s top dormouse experts and researchers. The programme was as follows:

  • Ian White Dormouse Officer for PTES will discuss the State of Britain’s Dormice 2019 and ongoing conservation work
  • Simone Bullion Conservation Manager at Suffolk Wildlife Trust will investigate the means by which we can survey for dormice
  • Cecily Goodwin Post Doc. Researcher Uni. Exeter will discuss an analysis of the NDMP data
  • Hannah Bond will present her findings on data about other mammals that are recorded in dormouse boxes
  • Megan Gimber is the Key Habitat Officer at PTES and will talk about her work on a revised National Hedge survey
  • Jenny Singh is the Senior Ecologist for Arup and will talk about the work she has been doing on the M1 to protect the resident dormice from construction work on the motorway
  • Matthew Norris-Hill is part of the team delivering the Test Valley Project and he will highlight lessons learnt and how a similar project might be implemented elsewhere
  • Ian Court is the Wildlife Conservation Officer for Yorkshire Dales National Park and he will discuss the Wensleydale Dormouse Project
  • Sarah Bird is the Biodiversity Officer at Chester zoo and a leading member of the Northwest Dormouse Partnership where they have been PIT tagging dormice at Bontouchel woods in North Wales for 15 years.
  • Leo Gubert works for Highway England and is also studying for a PhD on dormice hibernation. He will present his latest results
  • Rachel Findlay-Robinson is a PhD researcher at the University of Cumbria investigating the impacts of climate on breeding and hibernation

More updates coming soon and you can catch up on Twitter by searching for #DormouseConf19

Dormouse Mitigation Conference 2018

This year’s sell-out Dormouse Conference was held on the 16th November at the world famous Natural History Museum in London. Our event saw dormouse experts gather from all over the country and even as far as Germany to hear the latest in dormouse surveying, licencing and mitigation.

Take a look at the Dormouse mitigation conference 2018 programme and view a number of the talks below:

Conference goody bag

Our delegates also took home this fantastic goody bag to help with their dormouse work.

Thanks so much to everyone who attended and all the speakers- we have had great feedback so far. We look forward to welcoming you all to our next dormouse conference in 2019- watch this space!

The Day of the Hedgehog 2015

The Day of the Hedgehog was the first UK summit on hedgehogs in a decade, with leading hedgehog experts discussing the pressures facing Britain’s favourite wild animal in the 21st century. The Day of the Hedgehog was organised by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS).

The event was designed to be a platform for knowledge-sharing from researchers who spend their working lives nose-to-nose with these beasts. The day also provided a platform for some of the 37 000 Hedgehog Champions to meet and share ideas. We also launched a ten year national conservation strategy and The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2015.

Dormouse Monitoring 2013

Our 2013 conference was a one-day event about monitoring the elusive hazel dormouse that was held in November 2013 at the University of Reading.

The day was for monitors and volunteers at National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP) sites whether new to dormouse monitoring or long committed. The aim was to give help and share ideas for those who might like to establish a local or county dormouse group and to help volunteers at all sites with the promotion of practical woodland management.

View the Dormouse Monitoring 2013 programme

Videos of the talks at Dormouse Monitoring 2013:



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