Principal Ecologist Hannah Bilston and Senior Ecologist David Stiles attended the Artificial Light and Wildlife Symposium, organised by the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT), in March 2014. A wide range of professionals came together to discuss the impacts that humans have on wildlife by the increasing use of artificial light in the night time environment; to hear the latest research on the subject and to look at ways in which the impacts of lighting can be avoided or mitigated. Apart from being well attended by Ecological Consultants, the Symposium also drew in Lighting Engineers, Lighting Manufacturers, Landscape Architects, Local Authority Ecologists, Nature Conservation Bodies and Charities and Post-graduates researching the subject in the UK and abroad.
The following article draws out some of the interesting points from our perspective, and summarises recurring themes from the different presentations made at the Symposium. We anticipate that the BCT will provide a link to the video of the conference on their website soon.