We hold free or heavily subsidised invertebrate workshops on identification, recording, curation and field craft to help boost the skills of beginners and experienced entomologists alike. These are complemented with drop-in sessions to facilitate mentoring and networking. We also organise invertebrate recording days across the region to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important sites. See list of past workshops


Event nameDateWeekdayLocationNotesBooking
Slug ID Workshop14th & 15th September 2019Saturday & SundayWorld Museum (day 1) & Sudley House (day 2)10.30am startFree / essential
Entomology Collections Days19th September 2019ThursdayWorld Museum, LiverpoolMeet at reception 10:30 or 13:30Free / just turn up
Biobank Twilight Session19th September 2019ThursdayCourt Hey Park, Broadgreen (Merseyside)6:30pm start. Free / just turn up
Harvestmen ID Workshop14th December 2019SaturdayWorld Museum10.30am startFree / essential
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An Introduction to the Identification of Dolichopodidae flies

18th October | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Known as the long-legged flies, Dolichopodidae is a large family of mainly predatory species with over 7000 species described worldwide and represented by 304 species in the British fauna. 79 of these are ascribed a IUCN threat status category of Regionally Extinct, Near-Threatened or Data Deficient accorded to the latest review (Drake 2018). With over 45,000 records on the NBN Atlas, Dolichopodidae is one of the most popular families for UK Dipterists to survey.

This course is aimed at those with some experience of using microscopes to identify flies. The day will begin with a brief introduction to the diversity and ecology of the group, but we will quickly get into the practical work of identification and the emphasis will be on giving you an opportunity to use a new dichotomous key developed by our tutor. It is an entirely lab-based day and you will be working with specimens provided from World Museum collections, though anyone that wants to bring dead specimens that they have collected and preserved themselves is welcome to.

Our tutor, Martin Drake, jointly co-ordinates the Empididae, Hybotidae & Dolichopodidae Recording Scheme with Stephen Hewitt, and is author of the October 2018 Natural England Commissioned report ‘A review of the status of the Dolichopodidae flies of Great Britain’.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but participants should bring a packed lunch or use World Museum café.

Adults only (18+)

Access: There are lifts between each of the floors and assistance dogs are permitted.


18th October
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tanyptera Trust


World Museum
William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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0151 478 4369