The FSC BioLinks Project

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. The BioLinks project teaches people how to identify and record invertebrates by providing subsidised training courses, learning opportunities and digital tools to generate more records.

Worcestershire Ento Day 2019

 The day is organised by our friends the Wyre Forest Study Group and this year the theme is 'Insects and their lifestyles'.

Date: Saturday 19th October 2019, 9.30am - 4pm

Venue: Rock Village Hall Porchbrook Road, Rock, near Bewdley, DY14 9SD GR SO734711 www.rockvillagehall.co.uk

Bushy Park Open Lab Days

These days are perfect for beginners to practice their identification skills, especially for those who don’t have access to microscopes or ID resources at home and for those wanting to get “into” a new group who can use the days as opportunities to test out the ID keys available first. Likewise, they’re proving to be useful for more experienced entomologists and recorders, who use the days as an opportunity to meet up with other recorders, to work on their own collections of specimens and also to make use of our resources. 

A new identification guide to British beetle larvae

Front cover of RES Handbook to British Coleoptera larva Over 40 years in development, the RES Handbook to British Coleoptera larva is due for publication on 1 August 2019. You can order the book online for a special pre-publication discounted price at FSC website.

Who's who in the world of biological recording?

Britain is very lucky to have a rich history in biological recording. As a result, the UK has a well developed network of organisations involved in biological recording. Getting your head around what these recording organisations do and how they can help you can be confusing, so we hope this will provide some clarity!

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?

Hartlebury Common BioBlitz 2019

Join us for a BioBlitz on Hartlebury Common on the 29th of June as we attempt to find and record as many species of plant and animal as we can throughout the day.  

Shropshire Invertebrate Group 2019 Programme

The 2019 field and indoor meetings programme for the Shropshire Invertebrate Group has now been published. All welcome! For further details and contacts please download the programme.

Spangle galls

Into the future: new FSC QGIS Plugin features

British and Irish Hectad records from a single sourceToday we released a new version of the FSC QGIS Plugin (version 3.2.0 released 27th Feburary 2019). This feels like a real milestone for the FSC QGIS Plugin for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's packed with new features including the ability to handle Irish as well as British grid references, the ability to link directly to a Recorder 6 database as a source for the Biological Records tool, the addition of a new 'Add Grid Refs to layers' tool and many more. Secondly the release is a collaborative effort with a major contribution, on the Recorder 6 feature, from Ian Carle of the Hertfordshire Environmental Records Centre. Thirdly we have announced new governanace arrangements for this open source project into the future.

International Day of Women in Science

Worm womenIn celebration of the International Day of Women in Science, I thought I’d celebrate some of the women who’ve been involved in BioLinks so far, all of whom have contributed in different ways to a successful first year of the project.

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