Ashleigh Whiffin, Stuart Ball and Roger Morris , and Tony Barber
Ashleigh is an inspiring Assistant Curator of Entomology at the National Museums of Scotland, where she works enthusiastically with many entomological groups to promote her field. She is an active member of the Royal Entomological Society and sits on their Outreach and Development committee; she is also a member of the Malloch Society in Scotland and is the current Chair of the Edinburgh Entomological Club; she works with the Biological Records Centre to co-organise a National Recording Scheme for Carrion Beetles; and internationally, she is co-communications officer for the Entomological Collections Network.
Ashleigh recently collaborated with researchers in Australia to produce ‘A Guide to Public Engagement for Entomological Collections and Natural History Museums in the Age of Social Media’. She leads the national Carrion Beetle Recording Scheme, producing an atlas and her work has increased recording activity and awareness for conservation of this and other entomological species.
Stuart Ball and Roger Morris
Stuart and Roger volunteer for and have re-energised the Hoverfly Record Scheme. Stuart manages the database, and Roger does most of the validation of records submitted. By 2017, one million hoverfly records had been accumulated. The large volume of digitised records means that the scheme’s distribution maps give an accurate picture of the distribution of Britain’s 283 hoverfly species. The database has been used to produce some important papers relating to the impact of climate change and extreme weather events on the distribution, population numbers and phenology of Britain’s hoverflies.
Stuart and Roger have run training courses throughout Britain on the identification of hoverflies and fly families for the Wildlife Trusts, the Field Studies Council, and other organisations. In 2013, Stuart and Roger’s book ‘Britain’s Hoverflies, an introduction to the hoverfly of Britain’’ was published and has been reviewed as a resounding success.
Tony has been at the centre of national recording of centipedes since 1970 when the British Myriapod Survey was launched, and he has worked tirelessly to gather information and encourage others to do so. His activities include running the recording scheme, publishing keys, research papers and articles, and mentoring and helping others during field visits and through correspondence. The Survey aimed to increase understanding of the ecology and distribution centipedes and millipedes.
Tony is also a lecturer in the Science and Mathematics Department at the College of Further Education in Plymouth where he has regularly taught entomology and contributed to courses on Insect Natural History. The knowledge Tony puts into his publications is essential and varied and helps to explain important ecological information. He has formed the British Myriapod and Isopod Group and has served as Chairman. Tony is active internationally, giving presentations and communicating regularly with overseas colleagues.
Tony has always been keen to communicate his enthusiasm to a wider audience, responding to invitations to attend events for young people. His encouragement to new and inexperienced recorders has been a notable feature and his knowledge of centipedes in the UK has taken a significant step forwards for others interested in this species.