The FSC BioLinks Project

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FSC BioLinks is an exciting new biodiversity project for FSC, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, running from 2018 to 2022 inclusive. 

BioLinks is all about invertebrate identification!  It will bring together new volunteers with existing volunteers who have skills in invertebrate identification and recording. The aim is to build and strengthen the biological recording community by providing training, learning opportunities and digitial tools for people involved in biological recording and those that wish to become involved.  Training opportunities will be given at all levels from beginner to expert, allowing people to progress and consolidate their skills and experience.  The training and digital tools will increase the quality and quantity of invertebrate species data being submitted to our national biodiversity datasets and our understanding of those data. 

The project will focus on two regions – the West Midlands and the South East.  In the West Midlands the Bishops Wood and Preston Montford FSC field centres will be further developed as hubs for this sort of invertebrate ID training and in the South East, centres in the London Region but especially FSC Bushy Park will be developed as training hubs.  Training will also be provided at other non-FSC locations within the two regions as opportunities arise, building new relationships between the FSC and various partners, as well as reaching new audiences.

BioLinks Personnel

The BioLinks team is made up of some familiar faces and some new ones!  The team is:

  • Keiron Brown – BioLinks Project Manager, based from home and covering the South East region.
  • Charlie Bell – BioLinks Project Officer, based from Head office and covering the West Midlands region.
  • Rich Burkmar – BioLinks Digital Development Officer, based from home and covering both regions.
  • BioLinks is a FSC Biodiversity project and Sue Townsend continues to lead the Biodiversity Team at Head Office.

FSC BioLinks Project PDF downloads

PDFFSC BioLinks Consultation Report. This document summarises the consultation carried out as part of the second phase application process of the BioLinks project.

PDFFSC BioLinks Development Plan for Training Provision. This document formed part of the second phase application of the BioLinks project.