Each year of the project we are holding a series of invertebrate workshops on identification, recording, curation of reference collections and field craft to help boost the skills of beginners and experienced entomologists alike. We are also organising invertebrate recording days across the region to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important sites. Results will be published on this website. Other events include drop-in sessions to facilitate networking and mentoring.
Brookhouse Moss and Oakhanger Moss Invertebrate Recording Day
22nd May | 10:00 am - 4:30 pmFree
A general invertebrate recording day starting at Brookhouse Moss (near Sandbach, SE Cheshire) in the morning before a 7 mile drive South to Oakhanger Moss (near Alsagar SE Cheshire) after lunch. This is a joint meeting with Lancashire and Cheshire Entomological Society.
Brookhouse Moss (10 ha – bog area much smaller):
A privately owned SSSI designated for it’s raised bog habitat with one main area of open bog vegetation, containing Hare’s Tail Cottongrass Eriophorum vaginatum, Sphagnum fallax and Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) which is surrounded by carr woodland dominated by birch, alder and willow. At drier edges of the site, Oak and Rowan are found. The SSSI was judged to be in favourable condition at the last assessment (2010). According to the RECORD database, there have been just 54 and 8 invertebrate species recorded in the two 1 km squares covering the site since 1980 (excl. leps). This day represents a good opportunity to visit high quality bog habitat in private ownership where little historical invertebrate recording has taken place.
Oakhanger Moss (13.5 ha – bog largely dry):
A privately owned SSSI designated for it’s raised bog habitat but in unfavourable and declining condition due to poor drainage control. There is only a small open area dominated by Cranberry and Molinia grasses. A canopy of Alder, Downy Birch and Willow are found in much of the core and West side of the moss. The northern and eastern areas of the site are very dry and variably scrubbed over with thick Rhodedendron, particularly on the Eastern side. According to the RECORD database, there have been just 26 and 14 invertebrate species recorded in the two 1 km squares covering the site since 1980 (excl. leps).
Booking essential: Further details regarding meeting place etc. will be circulated a week before the day. You will be notified via email if the event is cancelled due to an adverse weather forecast.
Neither site is close to public transport connections.
N.B. Wellies are likely to be required to reach the bog habitat if you want to keep your feet dry!