FSC BioLinks Open Lab Days

Open Lab Day Infographic

What are Open Lab Days?

Identifying and recording invertebrates often involves the use of microscopes and identification books and keys, acquiring these can cost a lot of money. Our open lab days are opportunities for people to come to our centres to use our lab facilities, microscopes, identification guides and other resources. They are free to attend (but please email us to book on). A range of people come on these days, they are perfect for beginners to practice their ID skills but those more experienced also come along to meet up, work on collections and make use of our resources. They're a great way to meet other recorders and learn new skills. An FSC BioLinks project staff member will also be on-hand to provide support and guidance (please note: you'll have access to our tea and coffee making facilities but please bring your own lunch and any other refreshments you may require!).

Below is a summary of the facilities and dates of our Open Lab Days, alongside similar opportunities from some of our project partners.

Using microscopes at FSC London: Bushy Park

FSC BioLinks Open Lab Day Locations

FSC Bishops Wood (Worcestershire) - A classroom, microscopes, and a small library of reference books will be available. FSC BioLinks Officer Charlie Bell will be working in the lab and is happy to provide support where she can. You are welcome to join her for the full day, or drop in for part of the day. 

FSC Preston Montford (Shropshire) - A classroom, microscopes, the collections and the Biodiversity Library will be available, with support from FSC BioLinks Officer Charlie Bell. The full biodiversity Library catalogue can be viewed online at the bottom of this webpage. During the daytime sessions Charlie will be working in the lab between 10am and 4pm and you are welcome to join her for the full day, or drop in for part of the day.  We are also trialling some evening sessions throughout the summer between 6pm and 9pm - all welcome!

FSC London: Bushy Park (London) - The Adult Biodiversity Training Room at Bushy Park is equipped with 10 dissecting microscopes and 1 compound microscope, as well as a growing invertebrate identification literature library. In addition, there is also access to specimen pins, plastazote and other lab consumables and equipment.  FSC BioLinks Manager Keiron Brown will be working in the lab between 10am and 3pm and you are welcome to join him for the full day, or drop in for part of the day. 

FSC Bishops Wood Field Centre

Upcoming FSC BioLinks Open Lab Days 

Date

Day

Training Hub

Project contact

Email

30.05.19

Thurs

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

04.06.19*

Tues

FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire

Charlie Bell

c.bell@field-studies-council.org

12.06.19

Wed

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

09.07.19*

Tues

FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire

Charlie Bell

c.bell@field-studies-council.org

23.07.19

Tues

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

12.08.19

Mon

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

03.09.19

Tues

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

03.09.19

CANCELLED

Tues

CANCELLED

FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire

CANCELLED CANCELLED

11.09.19

Wed

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

09.10.19

Wed

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

21.10.19

CANCELLED

Thurs

CANCELLED

FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire

CANCELLED

CANCELLED

22.10.19

Tues

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

05.11.19

Tues

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

20.11.19

Wed

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

21.11.19

Thurs

FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire

Charlie Bell

c.bell@field-studies-council.org

07.12.19

Sat

FSC London: Bushy Park

Keiron Brown

k.brown@field-studies-council.org

12.12.19

Thurs

FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire

Charlie Bell

c.bell@field-studies-council.org

* Evening session 6pm - 9pm

Other Invertebrate Recorder Training Hub Facilities

The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum (London) - The AMC promotes the study of natural history in the UK, and is a resource for all amateur and professional naturalists and UK natural history societies. Easy-to-access reference collections of objects are housed in the Centre. They cover a wide range of UK plants, animals, rocks and fossils and are designed to help naturalists learn more about their chosen groups and identify their own specimens. Microscopes and photo-stacking equipment are also available for recorders to use (10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00) during weekdays and on the first Saturday of each month (or the second Saturday where the first Saturday is during a Bank Holiday weekend). The AMC also houses the London Natural History Society library, which is open to the general public to browse. To use the AMC facilities, simply book through the online form: www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/contact-enquiries/forms/angela-marmont-centre/boo...

BENHS Open Days at Dinton Pastures (Berkshire) - The British Entomological & Natural History Society host regular Members Open Days (on specified Sundays between 10.30–16.00), where BENHS members are able to access microscopes, the impressive invertebrate collections and the substantial literature library at their headquarters in The Pelham-Clinton Building in Dinton Pastures Country Park. For more details about becoming a BENHS member and attending BENHS Members Open Days visit the BENHS website: http://www.benhs.org.uk

RECORD logoRECORD Drop-in Sessions (Cheshire) - A monthly evening drop-in session supported by RECORD, Chester Zoo and the Tanyptera Project. The sessions run from 19:15 – 22:00 at Chester Zoo, with no need to book or be present for the whole session. These are informal evenings where recorders can come together and assist each other with queries and mentoring at a convenient time. There will be opportunities to practise using keys and microscopes in a supportive environment or you could use the session to simply meet up, have a cup of tea and discuss recording or spend time on other indoor activities. You can also request World Museum reference specimens and literature in advance to help check identifications / practise with a particular group. Feel free bring your own material too. If you are thinking of attending and would like more information, check out the North West Invertebrates website: www.northwestinvertebrates.org.uk/events/category/drop-in

Merseyside BioBank logoBioBank Twilight Sessions (Merseyside) - A monthly drop-in session at Mersey Biobank offices to bring together recorders to assist each other with queries and mentoring at a time convenient for 9 – 5 workers (18:30 - 20:30). Through the Tanyptera project, we are also able to provide, on demand, access to World Museum Entomology collections. No need to book – just turn up! If you are thinking of attending and would like more information, check out the North West Invertebrates website: www.northwestinvertebrates.org.uk/events/category/drop-in

Tanyptera Trust LogoTanyptera Trust Entomology Collection Days (Merseyside) - An informal all-day session that will usually be held on the third Thursday of each month for Entomologists of any experience level to use their facilities at World Museum. Use their collection, library, microscopes and imaging equipment. Develop new skills and help promote insect recording and conservation. Talk about, identify and photograph insects and other invertebrates. The Tanyptera Regional Entomology Project Officer Gary Hedges will be working in the lab between 10:30 and 16:30 and you are welcome to join him for the full day or part of the day. There is no need to book but please meet us at reception at either 10:30 am or 1:30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring your own lunch or use World Museum Café. Check out the North West Invertebrates website for more details: www.northwestinvertebrates.org.uk/events/category/entomology-collection-days

The Preston Montford Biodiversity Library Catalogue

The spreadsheet cataloguing the libraries resources can be browsed below or downloaded here.