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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Learn, see, RECORD

Have you learnt new identification skills on a FSC course over the summer? Have you put these into action in the field? Record your sightings through your Local Environmental Records Centre!

marsh -fritallaryMost areas of the country are covered by a Local Environmental Records Centre. These are not-for-profit organisations that collect, collate, manage and disseminate standardised datasets of local species and habitat information, as well as a range of other environmental datasets.

You can find your Local Records Centre here:

The information collected by Local Records Centres is vital in biodiversity decision-making. It is used to inform regional and local policies, as well as on-the-ground site management to protect and improve biodiversity. Recording your sightings is easy. Most records centres host easy online recording forms, but will also accept records in many other formats, such as paper or spread-sheets.

Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) is the capital’s Local Environmental Records Centre. Gi GL-logoEven in a predominantly urban environment it is important to know which species live alongside us, where they are and the habitats they need, in order to aid efforts to protect, conserve and engage people with wildlife within the city. The GiGL website, www.gigl.org.uk, hosts easy to use species recording forms. There is an online form for submitting one-off species sightings, or a standard spread-sheet suitable for on-going record keeping (e.g. from your garden), digitising archive surveys, or for sending in batches of data from surveys or site visits.

2013 has been the first season of FSC natural history courses in London. It would be great if people attending these courses become actively involved in biological recording. Local Records Centres are here to help. Many centres are implementing site surveillance schemes which could be a great way for FSC trainees to hone their skills alongside local experts. If you have any queries about biological recording in Greater London, please email [email protected]

There are still a few natural history courses at FSC London running this year - and the 2014 programme will be out soon too.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013