Submitted by Keiron Derek Brown on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 14:04
My name is Keiron Derek Brown and I am a biological recorder. Until 3 years ago I had submitted the odd record here and there, often related to natural history courses I’d attended or volunteer work I’d been involved with. I understood, to a certain extent, the importance of recording wildlife but I was yet to be hooked on this Victorian pastime that has become so integral to science and policy in Britain today.
Submitted by rich burkmar on Tue, 01/19/2016 - 14:39
The Tom.bio earthworm multi-access key lets me access the knowlege-based of Emma Sherlock's AIDGAP key in a way that puts me in charge of the identification process. But one of the advantages of multi-access keys - dealing with uncertainty - was not very well realised in version 1 of our key. Version 2 does a much better job of dealing with uncertainty - sorting and ranking species in a much more powerful way and making for a much improved multi-access key.
We're very excited to announce the launch of the Shropshire Springtail Atlas project. We're working with Pete Boardman and other Shropshire entomologists, biological recorders and citizen scientists - and we need your help!
Submitted by Charlie Bell on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:09
Last week the FSC's Biodiversity team, including Tom.bio, attended the NBN's 2015 Conference in York. It was an inspirational and poignant two days, following so closely after the untimely death of NBN CEO John Sawyer earlier this month.
Join local entomologists for a fantastic day of talks about all things invertebrate. Topics include dragonflies, springtails, earthworms, moth trapping, biological control using invertebrates, data visualisation and much more!
Submitted by Charlie Bell on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 09:53
Last week was a week of spiders. Spiders in the classroom, spiders in the field, spiders in the lab! It was all part of our spider training programme, which Tom.bio is running in conjunction with the Shropshire Spider Group.
Submitted by Charlie Bell on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 08:12
Tom.bio were recently asked to do a guest blog on spiders for Friends of the Earth. This is now live on their 'Green Blog' and will hopefully help convince more people that spiders should be admired, not feared! Many thanks to FoE for this opportunity.
Submitted by Charlie Bell on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 09:50
Nominations needed for under 18s in the inaugural 2015 UK Awards for Biological Recording. Do you know a keen and committed young biological recorder who is under the age of 18? If so, why not nominate them for a UK Award? The awards recognise outstanding contributions to UK biological recording and being nominated could be a fantastic boost for a young naturalist.
Submitted by Charlie Bell on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 09:40
Last weekend Tom.bio held the inaugural Shropshire Earthworm Blitz. This was designed as a follow-up to March’s Earthworm Society of Britain’s (ESB) field meeting, which we hosted here at Preston Montford. Read more...
Submitted by rich burkmar on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:23
Ever noticed how so many microscopes seem to be called SX something or other? No? Maybe it's just the really sexy ones. Yes, I expect that's the technical reason for the SX moniker. According to the excellent website History of the Microscope, it is widely held that Dutch spectacle makers Hans & Zacharias Jansen (a father and son team) made the first optical microscope. But ask any biologist and they will tell you that it was the publication of Robert Hooke's Micrographia that made microscopy really sexy.