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. 

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.

Discovering Bees Online

A new online training course from BioLinks

By Aaron Bhambra

Last month marked the end of the first run of the FSC ‘Discovering bees online’ course, part of the lottery funded Biolinks project, aiming to promote and inspire the study of often neglected invertebrate groups. We speak to the course tutor, Aaron Bhambra and see how it went.

Discovering Earthworms Online

Studying earthworms in the virtual world

by Keiron derek Brown

Keiron recently-co-developed the Discovering Earthworms online training course. In this blog he gives us a taster of what our learners covered and reports the results from the participant field assignments. 

Education with a Porpoise

Bringing marine education to EcoSkills

by Bek Trehern

Marine biology is Bek's passion and in this blog she tells us about her journey in marine science education and how she's bringing marine biology learning opportunties to the Eco-Skills training portfolio and Natural History Live webinar programme.

Discovering Beetles Online

An overview

by Dan Asaw

Last month marked the end of the first run of the FSC ‘Discovering beetles online’ course, part of the lottery funded Biolinks project, aiming to promote and inspire the study of often neglected invertebrate groups. We speak to the course tutor, Dan Asaw and see how it went.

PlantAlert

Preventing future invasions of ornamental plants

by April Webb

PlantAlert is a citizen science intiiative surveying horticultural taxa proliferating in gardens with the aim of identifying the potential future problematic plants that could escape to natural habitats and cause issues. Find out how you can help the project...

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