Business Planning - National Biodiversity Network

Business Planning - National Biodiversity Network

Field Studies Council Sue Townsend Biodiversity Learning Manager [email protected] http:// www.field-studies-council.org Rich Burkmar Tomorrows Biodiversity Project Officer [email protected] http://tombio.myspecies.info Field notes of a training provider: joining the dots for biological recording training Future Challenges for the NBN Future

Challenges for the FSC Taxonomists... an endangered species! Naturalist Extinct 2020 Where we came from: key facts about us Began in Dec 1943 In 2013 we estimate that there are over 150,000 visitor contacts at an FSC centre and over 7000 contacts at other

sites, eg through OPAL Now operates 19 Centres Where we came from: Why on earth did it start? A perceived need to get young people into the natural environment A chance meeting between a forward thinking schools inspector and a representative of the National Trust A chance to see the real thing Where we are now:

So what do we do? Provide courses for school groups, universities, professionals and amateur learners Lobby government in support of outdoor learning Run a series of environmental projects Produce identification publications Where we are now: Customer Base Where we are now: 19 FSC Centres in 2013

Derrygonnelly Kindrogan Blencathra Millpor Castle Head t Malham Tarn Rhyd-y-creuau

Preston Montford Dale Fort Orielton Margam Park Flatford Mill Juniper Hall Nettlecombe Court

Slapton Ley Amersham (Day) Epping Forest (Day) London (Day) Titanic Quarter Belfast Head office Where we are now: Identification training & resources

Access to a large number of skilled tutors Well placed to run further training courses nationwide Longstanding reputation A network of successful field centres and contacts throughout the UK A recognition that not all training courses are commercially viable A recognition that the UK identification skills are patchy An awareness that there is a reliance on volunteer data Identification and

recording resources Where we are now: A changing customer base The level of competency in biodiversity skills offered by teachers and students has declined over the past 50 years. The commitment within schools and universities to wholeorganism biology is continuing to decline. Systematic monographs have transitioned through AIDGAP keys to fold out charts for identification. We published over 150,00 publications in 2013 - 96% were fold-out charts. The current identification resource landscape is becoming much more complex including the exponential growth in electronic and social media

Where we are now: Challenges to biological recording as part of FSC business Much of the existing capacity for biodiversity training is project-related with external funding streams eg HLF, DEFRA Letting the market prevail has led to a significant shift in the balance of identification courses as compared to other strands eg geography/ environmental science etc. Our Vision Partnership Products

Review Work with all players in the recording community to ensure recorders are supported in the development of skills for identification and data submission. Provide resources and support for tutors Deliver identification training and mentoring Develop identification resources Consider how identification leads to records Role out new resources

Monitor recording success How we aim to get there: Recent FSC biodiversity projects 2006 Biodiversity Training Project Heritage Lottery Fund 2006-2010 Invertebrate Challenge Heritage Lottery Fund 2011-2014 Biodiversity Fellowship Defra Fund for Biodiversity in the Voluntary Sector

2013-2014 Tomorrows Biodiversity Esme Fairbairn Foundation 2013-2018 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

2018 How we aim to get there: Invertebrate Challenge Medium to high level training Followed on from Biodiversity Training Project Produced ten new Shropshire county recorders - Araneae, Collembola, Orthoptera, Coleoptera, Diptera (several groups), Odonata, Lepidoptera (micro-moths), terrestrial Hemiptera (two recorders), aquatic Hemiptera Four had no taxonomic experience in the group for which theyve become county recorder prior to BTP & Invertebrate Challenge Much more than ID training Regular working meetings at Preston Montford

Continued support from taxonomic experts Five new Shropshire atlases: shieldbugs, craneflies, aculeate hymenoptera, micro-moths and longhorn beeltes Annual conference (Shropshire Ento Day) 70+ people Official newsletter How we aim to get there: Biodiversity Fellowship ID training delivery FSC in partnership with recording schemes & societies Subsidised training on under recorded taxa 75 courses mixture of 1 day and 2-3 day 250 People attended one or more course Supporting people 450 People signed up to be FSC biodiversity fellows 120 Joined a facebook group

Mentoring and support Continuing engagement How we aim to get there: Biodiversity Fellowship Do you feel more confident to make accurate identifications & records since your involvement in Bio.fells? Identifications Records Please estimate how many records you have submitted in 2013 as a result of Bio.fells training Total: 13,598 Mean for each of 116 respondents who attended a course: 117 Mean for each of 64 respondents who had actually submitted records: 212

How we aim to get there: Tomorrows Biodiversity Research and Consultation Two year research & consultation (plus pilots) Focus on under-resourced taxa and habitats that have potential in biodiversity monitoring Identify gaps in identification and monitoring skills & resources Training & support Years 3-5 of project with early pilots ID / protocol training & support network Resources Provide new resources (e.g. AIDGAP) Investigate and pilot multiple delivery platforms

http://tombio.mysepecies.info How we aim to get there: Joining the dots MMU / FSC / BSBI MSc Local Record Centres NBN Gateway & iRecord FSC l ra Natu ry o

Hist es s cour t tebra Inver e lenge Chal National Scheme & Societies and County Recorders Future Projects Tomorrows Biodiversity

Biodiversity Training Project Volunteers & citizen scientists National agencies Biodiversity Fellowship Emerging iSpot, Flickr, ipternity, facebook,

Twitter FSC will... Continue to support field naturalists Seek partners/supporters in individuals, societies and agencies Promote field identification skills in all our customer groups Actively encourage identifications to lead to accurate records Develop further strategies to ensure submission of data to NBN

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