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
|Entomology Collections Days||18 July 2019||Thursday||World Museum, Liverpool||Meet at reception 10:30 or 13:30||Free / just turn up|
|Biobank Twilight Session||18 July 2019||Thursday||Court Hey Park, Broadgreen (Merseyside)||6:30pm start.||Free / just turn up|
|Invertebrate Recording Day||26 July 2019||Friday||Bickerton Hill, Nr Malpas (South West Cheshire)||Main habitat: heathland||Free / essential|
|Invertebrate Recording Day||9th August 2019||Friday||Burton Point & Denhall Quay, Cheshire||Main habitat: saltmarsh||Free / essential|
|Workshop||10th August 2019||Saturday||Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Southport||11.00am start||Free / essential|
|Invertebrate Recording Day||23rd August 2019||Friday||Cow Ark Woods, Ribbble Valley||Main habitat: ancient woodland, wet woodland, unimproved grassland||Free / essential|
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An Introduction to the Identification of Leafhoppers and Allies
22nd February | 10:30 am - 4:30 pmFree
Leafhoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers, treehoppers and cicadas (Auchenorrhyncha) are a fascinating group of true bugs with over 400 species recorded in Britain and Ireland. However, despite a number of brightly coloured and distinctive species, they are still a much neglected group by invertebrate recorders and consequently our local fauna is poorly understood. Indeed, we don’t know anyone focusing on this group in the Lancashire and Cheshire region at the moment. Could you change this?
This course is aimed at introducing keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to the techniques of identifying British leafhoppers under the microscope. The day will begin with a brief introduction to the diversity and ecology of this fascinating group of true bugs, but we will quickly get into the practical work of identification and the emphasis will be on giving you first-hand experience using dichotomous keys under the supervision of your 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, Dr Alan Stewart, co-ordinates the Auchenorrhyncha Recording Scheme and is a Reader in Ecology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment) at the University of Sussex.
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.