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. 

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.

Bumblebees on the Mynd

Conserving the Bilberry Bumblebee

By Jen Jones

The Bilberry bumblebee project, which has been led by the National Trust, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and volunteers in Shropshire aimed to assess and conserve this declining bumblebee on the Long Mynd using citizen scientists. Jen Jones gives us her insights into the aims and achievements of the research.

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.

The RHS Cellar Slug Survey

BioLinks Blog RHS Cellar SlugHave you seen these helpful slugs? 

by Imogen Cavadino

Slugs – most gardens have them, but somehow these slippery creatures are often under recorded, with little known about which species are where in Britain. In fact, it was not until 2011 that we realised just how many species are established in Britain, when a detailed study of the fauna revealed 22% more species were present in Britain than we thought!

The City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge

by Victoria Burton and Benjamin Town

Take a closer look at nature by joining cities around the world to find and identify wildlife on your doorstep between 30th of April and the 3rd of May. People in over 400 cities worldwide, including 13 others in the UK, will be finding, and recording wildlife over a four-day period.

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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