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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... 

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...

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. 

Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorder: Lucy Crowther

I was about to leave behind a life of employment, a “proper job” in environmental consulting and go back to university (again) to begin studying my PhD. I liked studying invertebrates, perhaps one of three students from my undergraduate degree that did. Initially, I had been studying bees, starting out self-taught and then attending 2 FSC courses to learn more. With the growing nerves at the thought of my impending PhD, I applied for the Tomorrow’s Invertebrate Recorder course, I needed to brush up on my ID and learn something more than bees. I had never really been taught anything entomological, aside from on FSC courses, so a week of invertebrate inspired learning, and meet like-minded enthusiasts sounded great. Read more...

How the AFON mentoring scheme can help young conservationists

Guest blog by Emily Seccombe. Emily is the Mentoring Officer for ‘A Focus on Nature’ (AFON),  the UK's youth nature network. They are a voluntary organisation led by young people and aim to connect, support and inspire young people with an interest in nature and conservation and provide a voice for the youth conservation movement.  AFON run a mentoring scheme for young people aspiring to work in or already working in conservation, linking them with professionals who can provide support and guidance through their careers. 

On a Mission: Invertebrate – How volunteering, recording centres, and BioLinks courses have benefitted me.

Charlie LintonI’m Charlie and I work for The Royal Parks on Mission: Invertebrate, a project supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery that aims to help discover, celebrate and protect the invertebrates that call the parks their home. Invertebrates have always fascinated me - I am always keen to discover more about them. And what’s great about these species is that there are always so many new things to unearth! This is how volunteering, recording centres, and BioLinks courses have benefitted me.

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