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. 

FSC Publications Easter Sale

FSC Easter SaleThe Easter holidays are fast approaching so to celebrate we've got some amazing offers on selected publications with up to 35% off online orders until 14 April 2020.

Find out more about the FSC Easter Sale!

Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorder: Izzy Molloy

I won a place on the "Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorders" course - a week long residential programme for young people run by the FSC BioLinks project  and A Focus On Nature providing an introduction to surveying invertebrates. When I reflected upon the abundance of experiences and skills I’d gained during ​Tomorrow’s  Invertebrate Recorders, ​I was surprised to note how valuable the week had been from a social  perspective. 

TVERC is looking for keen field surveyors!

Are you a nature enthusiast? Do you have experience in species identification and wildlife surveys? Would you like the opportunity to visit protected sites, contribute to TVERC’s records, and play a role in the success of the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project? You may be able to help us with survey work!

Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorder: Aaron Bhambra

During my first FSC course, I attended a workshop identifying Wasps. After being well and truly bitten by the entomology bug, I attended some more courses and not long after I bought myself a microscope and felt confident enough to carry out my own surveys. I was then asked to start assisting the teaching of some FSC BioLinks courses and later won a place on one of their week long residential courses for young people, the "Tomorrows Invertebrate Recorders" . Read more about how the FSC and the FSC BioLinks project has helped me...

Biological recording guidance

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

Project Management for Wildlife Conservation - course review

It’s lovely to be proved wrong sometimes. FSC BioLinks Project Officer, Charlie Bell, approached her recent Project Management for Wildlife Conservation training course with a fair bit of trepidation.  How could group training sessions possibly work well online? And would the course actually be useful in the ‘real world’? (Spoiler: it really is useful!) Find out more in this review. 

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?

Nomenclature Glossary for Invertebrates

Glossary for InvertebratesIt's not always the collection of specimens or microscopic examination that puts people off invertebrate ID, some people seem to almost have a mental block and feel out of depth whenever any binomial names (or Latin/scientific names) are mentioned. Binomial nomenclature is a formal system for naming species and it was put in place to avoid confusion, not cause it

Check out Holly's glossary that explains some more of these commonly used Latin and Greek words and their translations.  

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