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Data flow - The journey of a record

Data flow diagramData flow can be a controversial and confusing topic within the biological recording sector. So where should you, as a biological recorder, submit your record? Keiron Brown discusses his thoughts on what to consider when deciding who to submit your species records to.

Addressing the generational skills gap

FSC BioLinks will deliver 60+ training courses per year over 5 years (c) Keiron Derek Brown In 2016 the Field Studies Council (FSC) was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a project to address the lack of people able to identify and record difficult species groups, with a focus on the West Midlands and South East regions of England. We spent nearly a year consulting with a wide range of professionals and volunteers involved in the natural history sector and something  become very clear: professionals and volunteers alike expressed their concerns that not enough young people were joining the ranks of biological recorders and it is widely recognised that a generational skills gap is developing in field and identification skills, largely due to changes in the way biology and ecology is taught at all levels of the education system.

BioLinks workshops - register now!

Part of the micromoth collection at Liverpool Museum.  C BellEarlier this year I wrote about an exciting new project called BioLinks that the FSC is currently developing and hoping to bring to the West Midlands and the South East in 2017. I am currently part way through a series of workshops across the two proposed project areas, where I am consulting with biological recorders and sector professionals in order to determine how the project should be planned and what we should focus on. The consultations are providing amazing feedback and, as a result, I’ve organised extra dates and locations.

BioLinks - we need your views! - guest blog by Keiron Brown

My name is Keiron Brown and I recently joined the Field Studies Council Biodiversity team. I would like to let you know about a project we are planning called BioLinks. BioLinks is an exciting new Heritage Lottery Fund biological recording project that the FSC is hoping to bring to the South East and West Midlands regions of England from 2017 for five years. Read more...

An Introduction to UK Biological Recording - guest blog by Keiron Brown

Earthworm recorders in action!My name is Keiron Derek Brown and I am a biological recorder. Until 3 years ago I had submitted the odd record here and there, often related to natural history courses I’d attended or volunteer work I’d been involved with. I understood, to a certain extent, the importance of recording wildlife but I was yet to be hooked on this Victorian pastime that has become so integral to science and policy in Britain today.

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