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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Tomorrow's Biodiversity

Tomorrow’s Biodiversity was a Field Studies Council project funded by Esmée Fairbairn for five years (2013-2017 inclusive) and since granted a one-year extension (see below). It helped us to identify gaps in biodiversity monitoring and barriers to wider uptake and participation in biodiversity monitoring. The project helped the FSC to play its part in filling the gaps and overcoming barriers. Esmée Fairbairn has also funded a one-year extension to the project to help carry the development of digital resources developed during the project, e.g. the ID Framework and the QGIS Plugin, into the BioLinks project.

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 enabled 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.

Project scope

To leverage most value from this project we worked in partnership with other organisations in the UK, e.g the earthworm Society of Britain and the National Plant Monitoring Scheme, who are exploring the same gaps and needs. We consulted 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.