The second annual Panshanger Park Biodiversity Conference, held on 23rd February at the University of Hertfordshire, revealed a significant increase in species recorded in the park during 2016; including new insect, plant and bird species.
This year’s conference, organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, aimed to bring together those interested in species monitoring and recording in Panshanger Park. It was attended by around 40 people and included talks on brown trout ecology; Barbastelle bats; bird-ringing and monitoring; and riverflies.
The event provided an update on some of the recording and monitoring undertaken at the park over the past year, and how this work helps look after resident and visiting wildlife. A talk by Ian Carle, Records Centre Manager from the Herts Environmental Records Centre, summarised the recording efforts at Panshanger over the past year in the park:
-The number of species records for the park has increased by 3,569 from 9,835 in 2015 to 13,404 in 2016
-180 new species were added to the list for Panshanger Park, growing from 2,314 in 2015 to 2,494 in 2016 including many new insects, plants and four new bird species.
Some of the new species recorded include Leisler's bat, grey plover, jack snipe, red-crested pochard, redshank, fold-winged cranefly and glow-worm.