BioLinks - we need your views! - guest blog by Keiron Brown

Biological recorders in action!

Keiron BrownMy name is Keiron Brown and I recently joined the Field Studies Council Biodiversity team.  I would like to let you know about a project we are planning called BioLinks. 


BioLinks is an exciting new Heritage Lottery Fund biological recording project that the FSC is hoping to bring to the South East and West Midlands regions of England from 2017 for five years. Biological sampling.  Photo: K BrownIt will follow on from the successes of previous FSC biodiversity projects (such as Invertebrate Challenge) and complement the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project.


As part of the scoping phase of BioLinks I have organised a series of workshops across the two proposed project areas and want to hear from as wide a range of biological recorders and biological recording interests as possible. If you would like to attend a workshop, you will be made very welcome.

Workshops will run from 10am to no later than 4pm. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • FSC Preston Monford (Shropshire) - 6th June 2016 FULLY BOOKED                          
  • Martineu Gardens (West Midlands) - 17th June 2016
  • Martineu Gardens (West Midlands) -18th June 2016
  • Natural History Museum (London) - 15th July 2016 FULLY BOOKED
  • Natural History Museum (London) - 16th July 2016 FULLY BOOKED
  • FSC Amersham (Buckinghamshire) - 21st July 2016
  • FSC Juniper Hall (Surrey) - 26th July 2016

There are 10 places on each workshop. A buffet lunch will be provided and we are also offering a fixed payment of £50 to volunteers to cover expenses, though we ask that professionals who are claiming work time for attendance do not also claim the £50 expense refund.

Curating collections.  Photo: K BrownAt the workshops I will give an overview of the project and the current issues relating to biological recording as we see them at the FSC. Then I will lead a structured (but open) discussion about the issues and potential solutions as you see them. 

If you would like to attend a workshop, please email me and let me know the location and date of the workshop on which you want to book a place. Booking is essential as the spaces are limited.


However, if you can’t attend a consultation but can spare just 15 minutes of your time you could help us by filling in a short online survey about biological recording and how you think the BioLinks project can help strengthen the biological recording community.  This online survey is open to anyone and can be found here.

Please feel free to share this survey as widely as possible: the more responses we get, the better quality the output of the survey will be.

Thanks for your participation and I look forward to meeting many of you at the consultations!