The FSC BioLinks Project

White Faced Darter (C) Stephen BarlowOur current project, FSC BioLinks, is all about invertebrates.  Invertebrates provide us with many useful ecosystem services which we cannot survive without but their numbers are declining. Few people know how to identify or record invertebrates meaning there is a lack of records, making it difficult for conservationists to address these declines. The BioLinks project teaches people how to identify and record invertebrates by providing subsidised training courses, learning opportunities and digital tools to generate more records. We are funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

I spied-a spider: Microscope work isn’t as daunting as it appears!

Lorna is a PhD student at Cardiff University studying the variation in the diet of British Otters.  She won a place on the "Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorders" course - a week long residential programme for young people run by the FSC BioLinks project  and A Focus On Nature providing an introduction to surveying invertebrates.  She tells us about her experience with spider identification. Since the course Lorna has bought a USB microscope to continue improving her identification skills so she can record invertebrates in her area. 

FSC Year End Book sale

The FSC Year End book sale 2019 is now on! Browse the full list at FSC Publications.

Running from 18 November to 8 December, there's up to 25% off the usual price of a range of our books and charts. A great Christmas gift for the wildlife enthusiast

Upcoming BioLinks courses 2019

Due to the redevelopment of the main FSC website, our courses and events are not currently listed or able to be booked via the website. This is just temporary and things will be back to normal normal by the end of the year once the website is completed. Here is the list of our upcoming courses. Please get in touch if you'd like to book on one. 

Tomorrow's Invertebrate Recorder: Liv Cairns

Team Earthworm 2019 (c) Keiron Derek Brown

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’ .

Worcestershire Ento Day 2019

 The day is organised by our friends the Wyre Forest Study Group and this year the theme is 'Insects and their lifestyles'.

Date: Saturday 19th October 2019, 9.30am - 4pm

Venue: Rock Village Hall Porchbrook Road, Rock, near Bewdley, DY14 9SD GR SO734711 www.rockvillagehall.co.uk

Bushy Park Open Lab Days

These days are perfect for beginners to practice their identification skills, especially for those who don’t have access to microscopes or ID resources at home and for those wanting to get “into” a new group who can use the days as opportunities to test out the ID keys available first. Likewise, they’re proving to be useful for more experienced entomologists and recorders, who use the days as an opportunity to meet up with other recorders, to work on their own collections of specimens and also to make use of our resources. 

A new identification guide to British beetle larvae

Front cover of RES Handbook to British Coleoptera larva Over 40 years in development, the RES Handbook to British Coleoptera larva is due for publication on 1 August 2019. You can order the book online for a special pre-publication discounted price at FSC website.

Who's who in the world of biological recording?

Britain is very lucky to have a rich history in biological recording. As a result, the UK has a well developed network of organisations involved in biological recording. Getting your head around what these recording organisations do and how they can help you can be confusing, so we hope this will provide some clarity!

What is a biological record?

The FSC BioLinks project provides training to develop the skills of existing biological recorders and to create new recorders. We're doing this to build and strengthen the biological recording community…but what is a biological record?

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