We hold free and 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
Entomology Collection Day20th February 2020ThursdayWorld Museum10:30 or 13:30 startJust turn up
Aquatic Invertebrates Workshop22nd February 2020SaturdayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Blow flies Workshop13th March 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Entomology Collection Day19th March 2020ThursdayWorld Museum10:30 or 13:30 startJust turn up
Groundbugs Workshop20th March 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Hoverflies Workshop3rd April 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Stonefly Workshop2nd & 3rd May 2020Saturday & SundayWorld Museum/Yarrow Valley10:30am start£15 / essential
Plant bugs Workshop15th May 2020FridayWorld Museum10:30am startFree / essential
Longhorn beetles Workshop30th May 2020SaturdayRixton Claypits10:30am startFree / essential
Spiders & Harvestmen Workshop6th June 2020SaturdayRixton Claypits10:30am startFree / essential
Bumblebees Workshop26th June 2020FridayNess Botanic Gardens10:30am startFree / essential
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An Introduction to Aquatic Invertebrates

22nd February | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Identifying Aquatic Invertebrates to Family Level; Tricks, Tips and Sorting a Kick Sample

Come and learn how to identify aquatic invertebrates to family level and how this can be used to assess the water quality of rivers and lakes through widely available indices. We will start by looking at May, Caddis and Stoneflies followed by Molluscs and Crustaceans, and then Beetles (adult and larva) and Diptera larvae in the afternoon. You will then get the chance to sort a kick sample and identify the different invertebrates and score them for your hypothetical river and how this can inform us about its condition. All abilities are welcome, there will be mixed difficulties of invertebrates to identify and space for people who may want to broaden their skills but can identify certain families already, but the workshop is generally aimed at beginner level participants. You can email in advance for certain invertebrates from the groups mentioned to be covered if required.

Our tutor, Arron Watson, is an entomologist and conservationist who loves to share his passion for aquatic invertebrates. He works as a Monitoring Officer for the Environment Agency using aquatic invertebrates to classify waterbodies. In his spare time he is also a volunteer and Northern England representative for the Riverfly Partnership, a citizen science programme which monitors aquatic invertebrates alerting regulators when rivers may be receiving organic pollution.

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

Adults only (18+)

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


22nd February
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Tanyptera Trust


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