Course: Biological Recording

Field Studies Council

FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire
Friday 17th April 2020 - Monday 20th April 2020 01743 852040

Cost: From £280

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Interested in Natural History and wanting to make your wildlife observations count? Then you need to understand ‘Biological Recording’ and how it can be a useful tool for conservation and ecological planning. Biological Recording is the foundation on which all scientific data collected by amateur and professional natural historians around the world is formatted and shared. From moth trapping in your back garden to countryside scale land surveys of habitats, natural historians from all levels of expertise and interest areas can contribute to recording schemes. Through a mixture of lectures, practical workshops, and outdoor surveying you will come to understand the science behind recording our Natural History.

Areas covered include

  • What goes into a record?
  • Why make biological records?
  • Using grid references and site hierarchies
  • How to use a GPS
  • Designing a good biological recording survey
  • Who’s who in biological recording
  • Validation and vice counties
  • Historical records
  • Confidentiality and status
  • Record schemes and record flow
  • Computers in biological recording
  • Over the weekend you will be expected to undertake a survey of a particular group or habitat on site at Preston Montford, either individually or as part of a group.

Past examples have included

  • Distribution of Lesser Celandine and its subspecies at Preston Montford.
  • Small mammal survey (using Longworth traps)
  • Bat survey
  • Songbird Survey
  • Survey of non-native invasive plant species.
  • Does Preston Rough qualify as an Ancient Woodland site?

This is a chance for you to develop natural history identification skills you already have, and undertake a survey.

This course is ideal for amateur (unpaid) or professional Natural Historians, Ecologists and Biologists, wanting to understand how they can improve their own recording, collect good field data and submit them to a recording scheme and potentially influence management and planning decisions.

It is the core unit on the Field Studies Council Certificate in Biological Recording.

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