Welcome to the website of the British Ecological Society (BES) Conservation Ecology Special Interest Group (SIG).

The Conservation group provides a platform for facilitating the exchange of information between theoretical ecologists, applied ecologists and practitioners interested in conservation issues. The Conservation Ecology group is open to everyone, both BES members and those who have not engaged with the BES before; we seek to include the widest diversity of views, experiences and contributions as possible.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Hold collaborative meetings and workshops to highlight emerging challenges, opportunities for science-policy interaction and/or conceptual and methodological advances relevant to conservation.
  • Facilitate the production of syntheses and provision of evidence relevant to conservation and policy, whilst supporting the BES journals and other science/policy outlets to communicate practical messages to the widest audience possible.
  • Encourage and support early career researchers – a growing network of people interested in conservation science, who are providing important insights for the future management of our natural environment.

We would like to hear from anyone from the conservation community with ideas, with identified needs that we might be able to fill and, in response to the overdue attention on the lack of diversity across our society, with thoughts on how we can become a more inclusive SIG. In line with the BES’ recent statement on addressing inequalities, we are exploring ways that we can make our SIG more accessible to people from the full diversity of backgrounds and our membership broader to reflect this. This is the first step; we welcome your voices at all stages in this process. Please email our Chair, Lydia Cole, if you would like to discuss anything, or to join the SIG.