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. 

Under lockdown: how has the experience of COVID-19 impacted our relationship with nature?

Elliot Fisher is a postgraduate at the University of Oxford and is exploring human and nature relations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elliot tells us about his research and how her needs your help...

Public Perception of Wasps Survey

(C) Stephen BarlowHello, I’m Laura. I'm currently working at the Field Studies Council as a Higer Education Placement student,  taking a placement year from studying at Harper Adams University in Shropshire for a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management. For my dissertation I am conducting a survey to ascertain what the publics view are towards wasps and what the reasoning may be behind this. So, I would be very grateful if you could take my short survey. 

Fancy getting a degree whilst studying outdoors?

Are you a naturalist? Looking to gain skills and experience in species identification and wildlife survey techniques? Fancy training in the open air alongside fellow enthusiastic naturalists? 

Increase your employability and field skills with an industry recognised MSc in Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring. Find out more about the course here...

The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and how to join in

Could you sit in the sunshine, in front of a patch of flowers, and spend ten minutes watching and counting all the insects that land on just one of the flower species in that patch? If so you could make a valuable contribution to monitoring pollinating insects by carrying out a FIT Count (Flower-Insect Timed Count).  Read more...

5 things to consider before purchasing a microscope (for invertebrate ID)

GT Vision supply the FSC BioLinks with the microscopes that we use on our ID training courses. In this blog GT Vision take the reader through 5 considerations that you should consider when purchasing a microscope: magnification, working distance, lighting, camera/photography and budget.

Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorder: Lucy Crowther

I was about to leave behind a life of employment, a “proper job” in environmental consulting and go back to university (again) to begin studying my PhD. I liked studying invertebrates, perhaps one of three students from my undergraduate degree that did. Initially, I had been studying bees, starting out self-taught and then attending 2 FSC courses to learn more. With the growing nerves at the thought of my impending PhD, I applied for the Tomorrow’s Invertebrate Recorder course, I needed to brush up on my ID and learn something more than bees. I had never really been taught anything entomological, aside from on FSC courses, so a week of invertebrate inspired learning, and meet like-minded enthusiasts sounded great. Read more...

How the AFON mentoring scheme can help young conservationists

Guest blog by Emily Seccombe. Emily is the Mentoring Officer for ‘A Focus on Nature’ (AFON),  the UK's youth nature network. They are a voluntary organisation led by young people and aim to connect, support and inspire young people with an interest in nature and conservation and provide a voice for the youth conservation movement.  AFON run a mentoring scheme for young people aspiring to work in or already working in conservation, linking them with professionals who can provide support and guidance through their careers. 

Videos on biological recording

We have worked with EcoSapien to produce a series of short videos explaining what biological recording is, why it's so important and how to submit a biological record. Find them all here!

What is a biological record?

The FSC BioLinks project provides training to develop the skills of existing biological recorders and to create new recorders. We're doing this to build and strengthen the biological recording community…but what is a biological record?

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