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Eco-Skills - An Introduction

Expanding our learning pathways beyond invertebrates...

by Clare Rooney

Clare Rooney is the Engagement & Training Manager for the new Eco-Skills training programme. In this blog, Clare tells us about what her team are working on and the exciting new training opportunitities are now available to book with the Field Studies Council.

Wildlife Recording in the Urban World

Get excited by the upcoming NFBR virtual conference!

by  Keiron Derek Brown

Wildlife recording isn't just important in honeypots, such as nature reserves. The urban world is a fascinating mosaic of habitats itself, and is where wildlife and humans interact the most. Keiron explains what the upcoming NFBR conference has to offer and why we should all be attending this virtual event.

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! 

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.

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...

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.

FSC Publications Easter Sale

FSC Easter SaleThe Easter holidays are fast approaching so to celebrate we've got some amazing offers on selected publications with up to 35% off online orders until 14 April 2020.

Find out more about the FSC Easter Sale!

Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorder: Liv Cairns

Liv Cairns’ passion for the natural world was instilled when she was awarded the Field Studies Council Young Darwin Scholarship in 2013. Beginning with a week long residential, she has since attended an FSC course annually and gained a space on the FSC BioLinks/A Focus On Nature ‘Tomorrow’s Invertebrate Recorders’ .

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.

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