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. 

COVID-19 - FSC BioLinks Course Cancellations

We have been reviewing the feasibility for the FSC BioLinks courses for the remainder of 2020 and have unfortunately come to the conclusion that it makes most sense to cancel the remaining physical training courses and events that we had scheduled. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and we hope you all understand this is not a decision we have been taken lightly.

Plant Alert - preventing future invasions of ornamental plants

Plant Alert (www.plantalert.org) is a citizen science collaboration between the BSBI and Coventry University designed to prevent future invasions of ornamental plants. In contrast to the usual BSBI recording, Plant Alert is a survey of horticultural taxa proliferating in gardens. The aim is to identify potentially invasive plants before they become a problem in the wider environment. The challenge is to identify the potential future problematic plants out of this ever-increasing pool of about 70,000 ornamental plants available to gardeners. Find out how you can help the project...

Tomorrow’s Invertebrate Recorder: Graham Smith

Last summer I applied for and received the wonderful opportunity to jump aboard a week residential course for 18-25 year olds with the FSC BioLinks project and A Focus on Nature (AFON). Here, one of the rarer opportunities for a whole bunch of keen young naturalists to bump heads was made a reality. I am grateful for the opportunity, and the connections it allowed me to make in such a small space of time; it has only propelled me ever further into my love for the natural world and biological recording! Read more about the course and what I've been up to since then... 

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...

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...

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.

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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