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World Earthworm Day 2020 Webinar

The theme for the 5th annual World Earthworm Day on 21st October 2020 is Super Composters – to celebrate the relationship between man, waste and worms! We've teamed up with the Earthworm Society of Britain to put together a webinar for those interested in learning more about vermicomposting and the important role that earthworms can play in helping us deal with our waste.

COVID-19 - FSC BioLinks Course Cancellations

We have been reviewing the feasibility for the FSC BioLinks courses for the remainder of 2020 and have unfortunately come to the conclusion that it makes most sense to cancel the remaining physical training courses and events that we had scheduled. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and we hope you all understand this is not a decision we have been taken lightly.

Plant Alert - preventing future invasions of ornamental plants

Plant Alert (www.plantalert.org) is a citizen science collaboration between the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) and Coventry University designed to prevent future invasions of ornamental plants. In contrast to the usual BSBI recording, Plant Alert is a survey of horticultural taxa proliferating in gardens. The aim is to identify potentially invasive plants before they become a problem in the wider environment. The challenge is to identify the potential future problematic plants out of this ever-increasing pool of about 70,000 ornamental plants available to gardeners. Find out how you can help the project...

Tomorrow’s Invertebrate Recorder: Graham Smith

Last summer I applied for and received the wonderful opportunity to jump aboard a week residential course for 18-25 year olds with the FSC BioLinks project and A Focus on Nature (AFON). Here, one of the rarer opportunities for a whole bunch of keen young naturalists to bump heads was made a reality. I am grateful for the opportunity, and the connections it allowed me to make in such a small space of time; it has only propelled me ever further into my love for the natural world and biological recording! Read more about the course and what I've been up to since then... 

Under lockdown: how has the experience of COVID-19 impacted our relationship with nature?

Elliot Fisher is a postgraduate at the University of Oxford and is exploring human and nature relations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elliot tells us about his research and how her needs your help...

Public Perception of Wasps Survey

(C) Stephen BarlowHello, I’m Laura. I'm currently working at the Field Studies Council as a Higer Education Placement student,  taking a placement year from studying at Harper Adams University in Shropshire for a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management. For my dissertation I am conducting a survey to ascertain what the publics view are towards wasps and what the reasoning may be behind this. So, I would be very grateful if you could take my short survey. 

Fancy getting a degree whilst studying outdoors?

Are you a naturalist? Looking to gain skills and experience in species identification and wildlife survey techniques? Fancy training in the open air alongside fellow enthusiastic naturalists? 

Increase your employability and field skills with an industry recognised MSc in Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring. Find out more about the course here...

The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and how to join in

Could you sit in the sunshine, in front of a patch of flowers, and spend ten minutes watching and counting all the insects that land on just one of the flower species in that patch? If so you could make a valuable contribution to monitoring pollinating insects by carrying out a FIT Count (Flower-Insect Timed Count).  Read more...

5 things to consider before purchasing a microscope (for invertebrate ID)

GT Vision supply the FSC BioLinks with the microscopes that we use on our ID training courses. In this blog GT Vision take the reader through 5 considerations that you should consider when purchasing a microscope: magnification, working distance, lighting, camera/photography and budget.

Record urban nature for the City Nature Challenge this weekend!

This year’s City Nature Challenge is no longer a competition. Instead, we want to embrace the collaborative aspect of sharing observations online with a digital community. In these challenging times, being outdoors and connecting with nature is a safe and responsible way to cope with stress. City Nature Challenge allows people to come together and collaborate around the world, participating in whatever ways they can, to document the biodiversity of our planet. 

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