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Biodiversity Fellows

23/04/2015 10:24:33 Although registration is over for the 2103 Bio.fells project, you can still become a member of the FSC Biodiversity Fellowship in order to be kept abreast of developments by registering your interest via the FSC Tomorrow’s Biodiversity Project (which is the project we are now using to look after the Biodiversity Fellowship group). To do that, just complete the online form here - http://tombio.myspecies.info/content/register-your-interest.


23/04/2015 10:24:34 PLEASE NOTE - WE HAVE REMOVED THE BIO.FELL JOINING FORM UNTIL WE KNOW THE SITUATION REGARDING FUNDING FOR FUTURE EVENTS. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART IN THE TRAINING. SO FAR 1252 SPECIES HAVE BEEN RECORDED ON BIO.FELL EVENTS!!!


23/04/2015 10:24:33 PLEASE NOTE - ALL BIOFELL COURSES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED. Many thanks for your support. You can still register as a Biodiversity Fellow as we hope to be able to offer more courses at a later date.


FSC Biodiversity fellows - developing skills and capacity in the volunteer recording community

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Why Biodiversity Fellows are needed?

Volunteer biological recorders are critical to maintaining the flow of species data. This data is required for a number of key uses such as conservation, planning and research. The increasing demand for information on biodiversity, especially for use at a local level, means we need to do far more than just maintain past capability; we need to increase the numbers. geographical coverage and taxonomic scope of biological recorders. Existing biological recorders can become tomorrow's experts through improving skills in critical taxa.

In order to meet the needs of today, and demands of the future, we need to continue to grow new experts and stimulate the enthusiasm of volunteers to adopt taxon groups and build (and share) their expertise. With support from Defra (va the Defra fund for Biodiversity in the Voluntary Sector) and Natural England, FSC are setting up a sustainable approach to deliver skills training to address these needs. This has been branded FSC Biodiversity Fellows, or FSC bio.fell for short.

What's new?

Many years of experience have shown us that existing training courses often attract high numbers of volunteers but these new potential recorders do not always follow through to become active data contributors. Motivation and encouragement of volunteers post training is clearly an issue. Therefore bio.fell offers a different approach. As well as a series of traditional face-to-face training courses it offers a package of supporting resources and mentoring to aid and encourage the transition from enthusiastic volunteer to active recorder.

What are our aims?

FSC bio.fell aims to;

  • provide a sustainable supporting network for volunteers to help build capacity within the recording sector at all levels
  • increase capacity for under-recorded groups by increasing volunteer numbers and expertise
  • optimise the use of existing volunteers
  • increase the number of new recorders
  • increase the number of records submitted and shared for under-recorded groups
  • demonstrate how these can be most easily shared through the NBN Gateway

How bio.fell will deliver?

FSC is working in partnership with a large number of National Recording Schemes and Societies to offer a series of funded one day courses (free to registered bio.fells) and a number of bursaries for residential courses supported by;

  • expert tuition from regional, national and international experts
  • active mentoring and post-course support by tutors
  • trialling the use of webinars for several groups
  • training in online recording
  • access to online resources

These will be held at FSC centres in England, plus a range of other sites, and will include field training and lab sessions.

 

FSC Biodiversity Fellows is funded by the Defra Fund for Biodiversity in the Voluntary Sector administered by Natural England and runs from 2012-2014

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