Making links to biology
Live animal taxonomy
We need to develop is aspect of identification – something that a relatively small group of people have started to develop, with Ian Andrews and Joan Childs taking on the bulk of this challenge. Should we be creating better links with overseas specialists to try to develop a pan-European network of specialists working on new ways of describing how to identify live animals? The WILDGuide that Stuart and I wrote is a first stage in the process, but I am the first to admit that my approach would be a bit different today after experience of the last five years dealing with photographic records. That is not to say that I find fault with the WILDGuide - it is simply that with many more years practical experience of what people see and how they record, I think we might present some elements differently and focus on slightly different issues. Maybe this is something beyond what can be done by the HRS but it points to a direction that we might want to go.
Organisation for the future
In setting out these thoughts, it is my intention to put down a marker that I have recognised a need to evolve the structure of the HRS in order to give it the resilience to survive beyond the Ball & Morris partnership. We need to be gradually taking more of a back seat so that new blood takes over and gives the scheme the impetus for a further generation.