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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 2019:

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

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Course Dates Tutor No. Records Required
Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording

Mon 27 May - Fri 31 May

Adrian Chalkley

60 by end September

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families

Fri 24 May - Mon 27 May

Alanna Cooper

100 by end August

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families

Possible 2nd course in June
Please check back

Alanna Cooper

100 by end September

Trees and Tree Identification in Summer

Mon 27 May - Wed 29 May

Alanna Cooper

60 by end September

Vegetative Keys For Identifying Plants

Wed 31 July - Fri 02 August

Alanna Cooper

60 by end September

Flowers with Botanical Keys

Fri 02 August - Mon 05 August

Alanna Cooper

60 by end October

Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology

Wed 17 July - Mon 22 July

Ian Cheeseborough

40 by end September

Identifying Hoverflies

Sat 06 July

John Biglin

50 by end September

Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets

Sun 07 July - Sun 07 July

John Biglin

50 by end September

Identifying Lichens

Fri 23 August - Sun 25 Augus

John Skinner

50 by end November

Grass Identification and Ecology

Fri 31 May - Sun 02 June

Jonny Stone

60 by end September

Sedges and Rushes

Fri 12 July - Sun 14 July

Ros Bennett

40 by end October

Identifying Coastal Plants

Fri 16 August - Mon 19 August

Ros Bennett

40 by end November

Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles

Mon 19 August - Thu 22 August

Ros Bennett

40 by end November

Identifying Moths and Butterflies

Fri 19 July - Sun 21 July

Sheila Wright

60 by end October



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.