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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! 

Top 10 Moth Trap Intruders

BioLinks Blog Moth Trap IntrudersWhen moth traps catch other animals...

by Dan Asaw

Moth trap intruders is a term given to any ‘non moth’ found in a light trap. The term Bicatch is thrown around a lot, but in reality these are absolute treasures to find. I’m a beetle guy at heart so I am always interested in the beetles that appear and some of them are incredibly hard to find without the help of a light trap.

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.

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...

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