FSC BioLinks

White Faced Darter (C) Stephen BarlowOur current project, FSC BioLinks, is all about invertebrates.  Invertebrates provide us with many useful ecosystem services which we cannot survive without but their numbers are declining. Few people know how to identify or record invertebrates meaning there is a lack of records, making it difficult for conservationists to address these declines. This project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, teaches people how to identify and record invertebrates by providing subsidised training courses, learning opportunities and digital tools to generate more records. 

Recording the Gammer Zows, Hardy Backs and Cheese Logs of the UK

Do you love Cheese Logs as much as we do?

By Gino Brignoli and Rachel Davies

What are Billy Bakers, Monkey Peas, Gammer Zows, Parson's Pigs, Chiggy Wigs, Cheese Logs, Daddy Granfers, Granny Grunters, Slate Cutters, Hardy Backs, Penny Sows, and Cheesy Bugs? And what do they have in common?

Surveying Invertebrates: Sampling Sites and Methods

Surveying Invertebrates Blog Post Advert. Dragonfly close up image and text.Site Selection, Sampling Methods and Pantheon

By Pete Boardman and Olivia Watts

There is a diverse array of invertebrates across the UK, and there are many reasons why you may need to survey them. Join FSC BioLinks and Pete Boardman to learn more about the 'why' and 'how' of invertebrate surveying.

Protected Invertebrates In The UK

Legislation and Land Management for Protected Species

By Pete Boardman and Olivia Watts

Join FSC BioLinks and Pete Boardman to delve into the legislation and guidelines that protect the UK's invertebrate fauna and our responsibilities to ensure their conservation.

Exploring The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

A primer for understanding Red Lists

By Mike Hoffmann and Olivia Watts

With guidance from Mike Hoffmann from the Zoological Society of London, we will explore the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the world’s most comprehensive tool for assessing the extinction status of species.

Invertebrate Volunteer Identification Days

Invertebrate Volunteer Identification Days

By Gino Brignoli

What even is an Invertebrate Volunteer Idedntification Day? Join Gino Brignoli as he guides us through the day and find out how to get involved...

Worcestershire Field Recorder Days

Develop and put to use your invert field skills

By Rachel Davies

Our Field Recorder Day programme in the West Midlands is up and running again. Join us for pitfall trapping, pond sampling and river kick sampling to help us generate new invertebrate records and develop your field skills.

Meet the BioLinks Team

About us

By The BioLinks Team

The past 18 months have seen a lot of changes to the BioLinks project team - with 4 new team members joining Keiron this year! In this blog, we introduce the team, and update you on who is doing what for the final 15 months of the FSC BioLinks project.

Excellent Earthworms Project

Studying earthworms in parks

By Alice Evans and Keiron Derek Brown

Working with The Royal Parks and Earthworm Society of Britain, we're investigating the impact of humans on earthworm populations in London's parks. Help us study the impacts of path erosion, road pollution and ring-fencing of veteran trees.

A new guide for identifying freshwater snails

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A Guide to Freshwater snails

by Ben Rowson

FSC Freshwater snails AIDGAP is an identification guide to over 50 species in Britain and Ireland. This new guide covers all gastropod molluscs found in still and flowing fresh water.

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