Virtual Meet Ups (VMUs)

These Virtual Meet Ups are an opportunity to keep in touch and share skills and knowledge during lockdown. They are short natural history webinars, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from either an FSC BioLinks team member or a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom, we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up to the FSC BioLinks newsletter to find out about other online learning opportunities here.

The Importance of Bare Ground for Specialist Butterflies and Moths in Breckland

Sharon Hearle will be joining us in this VMU, she is Butterfly Conservation lepidopterist working on the Shifting Sands Back from the Brink project and an expert on the moths and butterflies of Breckland, East Anglia. The Brecks, spanning much of Norfolk and Suffolk, is one of the most unusual landscapes in England; it is home to nearly 13,000 species. The Shifting Sands Back from the Brink project aims to restore a mosaic of habitats to secure a future for rare Breckland wildlife.

This talk will focus on:

  • The importance of bare ground for selection of specialist moths and butterflies in the Brecks
  • How to identify these specialist species
  • What conditions these species need to survive



The FSC BioLinks project is funded by the Field Studies Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund. Our Virtual Meet Ups are made available to all at no cost. However, we’ve listened to your feedback and added an optional fee for those that would like the opportunity to contribute financially to our work to provide adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences.

Discounted – select if you would like to attend at no cost

Attendee – select if you would like to attend at a cost of £5




Tutor: Guest Speaker

We have various guest speakers joining us for our Virtual Meet Ups(VMUs). Please see the information above for more details on who will be joining us in this VMU.