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SBIS / SNS Recording Bursaries in conjunction with the Field Studies Council

      The SNS and the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service in conjunction with the Field Studies Centre at Flatford Mill are again offering Recording Bursaries to assist people with the cost of attending identification courses.

Suffolk Biological Recording Bursary

      The Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS) and Suffolk Naturalists Society (SNS) offer these bursaries to support individuals who wish to attend some of the Natural History courses offered at the Field Studies Council‘s Flatford Mill Field Study Centre. These courses will provide people with the skills and experience to identify and record Suffolk wildlife.

      The bursary will provide for up to 100% of the non-residential fees for courses though Successful applicants will still need to pay for any accommodation booked at FSC Flatford Mill or nearby B&B if they require accommodation for the duration of the course.

      The bursary is controlled by the SBIS Board with funding partners and the fund is administered by the Field Studies Council (FSC). The SBIS and funding partners decide each year as to which courses at FSC Flatford Mill will be eligible for support, depending upon sufficient funds being available at the time of application.

Bursary Criteria:

Applicants must:

      Be over 25 at the time the course starts (proof of age required) and not in fulltime education.

      The bursary is not available to those in full-time employment whose employers pay the course fee

      If the bursaries are oversubscribed, preference will be given to applicants who are members of SNS (£15 for 1 year subscription)
      The bursary is dependent on sufficient funds being available at the time

      In order to obtain a bursary for the full amount of the non-residential fee, the applicant must submit a given number of records within 3 months of the course completing

      For records to be accepted towards the total required; records submitted must meet the reasonable requirements of the SBIS (in terms of species/site diversity) which will differ between species groups and survey technique.

      Record acceptance is at the discretion of the SBIS and SNS. If you have any queries relating to recording please talk to the staff at the SBIS.

Records must:
      Come from a diverse range of sites.
      Be of differing taxa
      Any records supplied must come from within the county boundary

The Process:

      Contact FSC Flatford Mill to check on availability of the course Complete application form and submit with FSC booking form

      Applicants will be informed if their application is successful before they have to pay any fees

      Applicants pay for the accommodation fee and 50% of the non-residential fee

      Applicants open a recording account at Suffolk Biological Recording Online

      Applicant submits the required number of records to the SBIS in electronic form via spreadsheet or Suffolk Biological Recording Online

      Upon the approval of the SBIS, the FSC refunds the 50% non-residential fee to the applicant

Eligible Courses in 2017:

Click on the course name to go straight to the FSC website & find out about any course

Course Dates Tutor No. Records Required
Identifying Spring Moths

Sat 18 March

Edward Jackson

60 by 31/06/2017

Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological Recording

Fri 21 April - Mon 24 April

Paul Lee

80 by 31/07/2017

Ecology, Conservation, Surveying and Recording of British Amphibians and Reptiles

Fri 05 May - Sun 07 May

Duncan Sweeting

40 by 31/08/2017

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families

Fri 12 May - Mon 15 May

Alanna Cooper

100 by 31/08/2017

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families

Fri 19 May - Mon 22 May

Alanna Cooper

100 by 31/08/2017

Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording

Tue 30 May - Fri 02 June

Adrian Chalkley

80 by 31/09/2017

Introducing Grass Identification and Ecology

Fri 02 June - Sun 04 June

Jonny Stone

80 by 31/09/2017

Identifying Summer Moths

Sat 17 June

Edward Jackson

60 by 31/09/2017

Identifying Bumblebees

Fri 23 June - Mon 26 June

Paul Lee

40 by 31/09/2017

Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies

Fri 30 June - Sun 02 July

Steve Cham

60 by 31/10/2017

Introduction to Hoverflies

Mon 03 July

John Biglin

60 by 31/10/2017

Identifying Moths and Butterflies

Fri 07 July - Sun 09 July

Sheila Wright

60 by 31/10/2017

Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology

Fri 14 July - Fri 21 July

Ian Cheeseborough

40 by 31/10/2017

Introduction to Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets

Mon 24 July

John Biglin

40 by 31/10/2017

Identifying Plants: Using Botanical Keys with Confidence

Fri 28 July - Mon 31 July

Alanna Cooper

100 by 31/10/2017e

Wetland Moths

Fri 11 August - Sun 13 August

Dave Grundy

60 by 31/11/2017

Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles

Fri 11 August - Mon 14 August

Ros Bennett

60 by 31/11/2017

Identifying Coastal Plants

Mon 14 August - Thu 17 August

Ros Bennett

60 by 31/11/2017

Identifying Lichens at Intermediate Level

Fri 25 August - Sun 27 August

John Skinner

50 by 31/11/2017

Identifying Fungi

Fri 06 October - Sun 08 October

Geoffrey Kibby

50 by 31/12/2017

Identifying Autumn Moths

Sat 14 October

Edward Jackson

60 by 31/12/2017

Don't Forget the SNS Bursary Programme for Research Projects

      Remember Suffolk Naturalists' Society also offer bursaries to help members of the public to become actively involved in studying the flora, fauna and geology of the county. So if you are planning a project of your own please read about our other bursaries here.