Unraveling the Ecology of Ladybirds Together

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Explore ladybird ecology and recording with Professor Helen Roy

People have been contributing their wildlife observations from across the UK for centuries. Simple biological records (what, where and when a species was seen) can be made by anyone, anywhere.

The UK Ladybird Survey, formerly the Coccinellidae Recording Scheme, first began in the early 1970s hosted by the Biological Records Centre. The information on ladybirds compiled over the decades is invaluable and the stories behind the records are inspiring. Here I will provide an overview of the last 15 years of ladybird recording and the way in which we have collaboratively increased understanding of the ecology of these amazing insects (and contributed to research on non-native species too).

Watch on the NHSN YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLXvxMVjjl3KmITjQjbKAjQ

About the speaker

Professor Helen Roy MBE is an ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. She is fascinated by the interactions between insects and other species.

Helen enjoys science communication and public engagement with research which led to her interest in citizen science. She has a passion for ladybirds and has led the UK Ladybird Survey alongside Peter Brown (Anglia Ruskin University) for more than 15 years. Recently they co-authored the Field Guide to Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland.

Helen has recently become President of the Royal Entomological Society. Her research on invasive non-native species has received international recognition and she is currently leading a global assessment on invasive species for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.