Future directions for the management of small populations


The University of Chester and Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be holding a meeting focusing on managing small populations and reintroductions on the 10th of April 2018. The plenary speakers are confirmed as Mark Elliot from Devon Wildlife Trust, who will be speaking about management of Devon's beaver population, and Dr Jenny Dunn from the University of Leeds, who will give an overview of turtle dove management in the UK.

*NEW* You can find the programme for this event here!

There will also be a workshop on occupancy modelling on 9th April and a field trip on 11th April.

Photos (c) Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Photos (c) Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Link to Future directions for the management of small populations event
Tuesday, 10th April, 2018
09:30 - 17:00
Parkgate Road Campus
There's still time to register your attendance!

Call for Papers:

The closing date for submissions for oral presentations and posters has now passed, but you can still register to attend the conference.


The fees for registration for this meeting will now be as follows (unfortunately these no longer include lunch): 

Registration type

Late rate (no lunch)



BES member




UoC student rate


To register for this meeting, please follow this link.


The meeting will be held on the Parkgate Road campus, postcode CH1 4BJ. Please see this link for directions and public transport links. We would recommend delegates travel by train if possible as the train station is a 20 minute walk from the campus and parking onsite is limited.

As a popular tourist destination, Chester boasts a wide range of accommodation, from Michelin-starred hotels to many small bed-and-breakfast establishments. For more information on accommodation in the city, please visit this tourist information website.

Workshop - Using occupancy models to monitor species presence and abundance (Monday 9th April)

The occupancy (probability of a site being occupied by a specific species), and therefore the distribution, of small populations is often difficult to estimate accurately. Although small populations are often well monitored, in practice estimating population sizes or distributions is difficult because even very comprehensive monitoring programmes can miss individuals. This problem is refererred to as imperfect detection. Just because we haven't seen something, it doesn't mean it's not there...
Site-Occupancy Models address the issue of imperfect detection, disentangling and rigorously estimating both true occupancy and detectability, exploiting the information obtained from repeated visit to the same site and the collection of detection-non-detction data. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to Site Occupancy models, given advice on rigorous ways to collect data usable for analysis with this methods and given opportunities to practice their application with real data using the open source statistical language R. 
This is a full day course. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Some experience with R and statistical analyses will be useful but not essential. 
Standard rate- £75
Student rate  - £50
To register for this workshop, please follow this link.
Field trip - Local Wildlife Trust sites (Wednesday 11th April)
After the meeting, we offer delegates the opportunity to visit local Cheshire Wildlife Trust sites to see some examples of small population management in action. The trip will take in two sites and you will be accompanied by Cheshire Wildlife Trust staff who will be happy to discuss their work in these locations. 
This trip will last a full day (9.30am-4pm approx.). Lunch is not provided for this excursion. Please not that numbers on this trip will be limited and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 
The field trip will consist of two site visits: 
  • Red Rocks Nature Reserve, West Kirby beach, where we will visit the natterjack toad breeding site and discuss the practicalities for managing for the natterjack toad on the site. 
  • Delamere Forest, Delamere, where we will visit the reintroduction site of the white-faced darter dragonfly and discuss what was involved in the reintroduction and findings so far.  

Attendees will need to bring a packed lunch. 

To register for this field trip, please follow this link. Please note that only those who attend the meeting are eligible to attend the field trip due to its limit on numbers.

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