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. 

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...

Eco-Skills - An Introduction

Expanding our learning pathways beyond invertebrates...

by Clare Rooney

Clare Rooney is the Engagement & Training Manager for the new Eco-Skills training programme. In this blog, Clare tells us about what her team are working on and the exciting new training opportunitities are now available to book with the Field Studies Council.

Wildlife Recording in the Urban World

Get excited by the upcoming NFBR virtual conference!

by  Keiron Derek Brown

Wildlife recording isn't just important in honeypots, such as nature reserves. The urban world is a fascinating mosaic of habitats itself, and is where wildlife and humans interact the most. Keiron explains what the upcoming NFBR conference has to offer and why we should all be attending this virtual event.

Identifying Blow Flies - Part 2

Learn how the new ID guide works...

by Olga Sivell

Blow flies are important insects which have a fairly widespread distribution across the UK. A newly created Royal Entomological Society (RES) handbook & Key of British Blow flies created by Olga Sivell, provides an updated in-depth guide, with high quality diagnostic photographs, for anyone interested in identifying these fascinating flies!

Identifying Blow Flies - Part 1

Meet the cast of the new ID guide...

by Olga Sivell

Blow Flies are considered to be one of the most important groups of insects on earth for the role they play in decomposition. We have thousands of species of Fly in the UK and only several species of blow fly, some of which can be easily identified if you know where to look!

TVERC is looking for keen field surveyors

Blog advertCalling Berkshire naturalists...

by Caitlin Coombs

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! 

Lockdown Learning: Learning with LNHS

BioLinks Blog Lockdown Learning LNHSLNHS Goes Virtual

by Keiron Derek Brown

During late summer 2020, the LNHS decided that if we could no longer get people to come to field or indoor meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions, that we would bring our natural history offering people in their homes. From there, the LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks series was born.

Lockdown Learning: BioLinks

BioLinks Blog Lockdown Learning BioLinksTeaching Biological Recording in a Pandemic

by Keiron Derek Brown

The FSC BioLinks project is designed to provide learning opportunities to help people develop their invertebrate identification and recording skills. We’re funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Field Studies Council. Being a funded project, we’ve got a strict timescale, and specific goals in terms of delivering workshops and other training events to our target audiences. At the start of 2020 we were on track, with lots of events booked in for the coming year.

You know what happened next.

Lockdown Learning: Wild Lunch Wednesdays

BioLinks Blog Lockdown Learning ZSL

Going out in the field... virtually!

by Charlotte Coales

One of the things I’ve missed the most over the past year, is not being able to explore new environments and get out into the field.  That said, I’ve had a great time exploring closer to home, and have learned to appreciate and value my local environment (the back-garden in particular) far more than ever before!  But I miss seeing new places and wildlife.

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