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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.

The RHS Cellar Slug Survey: Have you seen these helpful slugs?

BioLinks Blog RHS Cellar SlugSearching for 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!

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.

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...

UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS)

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...

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