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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Tomorrow's Biodiversity

  • Start Date: Friday 01 February 2013
  • Finish Date: Monday 01 January 2018
  • External Website: http://www.tombio.uk/

Tomorrow’s Biodiversity is a Field Studies Council project funded by Esmée Fairbairn for five years (2013-2017 inclusive). It is helping us to identify gaps in biodiversity monitoring and barriers to wider uptake and participation in biodiversity monitoring. The project will enable the FSC to play its part in filling the gaps and overcoming barriers. The initial two year research and consultation phase is being used to identify a number of ‘exemplar’ projects which will be delivered over the period 2015-2017.

Building on an FSC tradition

The FSC has a 70 year tradition of training and resource development for taxonomic identification skills. FSC plant, animal and fungi identification training courses, delivered from our UK wide network of learning centres by leading experts, are highly regarded in the environmental sector.

Our dedicated Publications Unit includes in its portfolio the AIDGAP series (Aids to Identification in Difficult Groups of Animals and Plants) which has established itself as a very strong brand and a mark of excellent quality.

Targeting new resources

The Tomorrow’s Biodiversity Project will enable the FSC to develop new resources and training for biological recorders that focus on the wider community's efforts to understand how biodiversity fares over the coming decades in the face of rapid environmental change. For example we are likely to focus, in part, on under-recorded taxa that are, nonetheless, vitally important components of our ecosystems and the services they provided to us.

Project scope

The exemplar projects need not be confined to addressing gaps in identification resources and skills for organisms. For example if it becomes apparent that barriers to effective monitoring of biodiversity include inadequate survey protocols or lack of habitat condition assessment, then these areas will also be incorporated.

To leverage most value from this project we are working in partnership with other organisations in the UK who are exploring the same gaps and needs. We are consulting widely with recording schemes & societies, users of taxonomy and many other stakeholders to ensure that the outputs of the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project are relevant and useful.

If you are interested in consulting with us about the project, please feel free to contact the project officer, Rich Burkmar: [email protected]