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Biodiversity Fellowship growing

Over 430 people have joined a new FSC project since it began late in 2012 and many have booked onto training courses as part of the scheme. The Biodiversity Fellowship was established to increase the numbers, capabilities and geographical coverage of our volunteer biological recorders and has attracted a great deal of interest in its first few months.

Cardinal beetleBiodiversity Fellows, or bio.fells, are already keen and knowledgeable biological recorders and this project hopes to enable them to become tomorrow’s experts by improving skills in critical taxa as well as developing new groups and networks to encourage and increase recording.

With support from Defra and Natural England and through working  with National Recording Schemes and Societies a programme of subsidised training courses are on offer to the Bio Fells.  There has been a hugely positive response to the selection of day and residential courses with 85% of places now booked up.

Project Co-ordinator Pete Boardman says: “We are delighted with the initial interest shown in the project.  Those who have signed up as bio.fells have been really keen to be involved and share their knowledge and expertise with like-minded people.  We are hoping to fill all of the courses and make 2013 a really positive year for biological recording.”

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Signing up as a bio.fell is free and there are still some spaces left on the courses for anyone interested in joining. 

See the current course availability here

More information about the Biodiversity Fellowship

Thursday, March 28, 2013