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.

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An Introduction to Blowfly Identification

13th March | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm


This is a Blow fly identification workshop designed for beginners and professionals alike. It focuses on British species in the families Calliphoridae (blue bottles, green bottles and others), Polleniidae (cluster flies) and Rhiniidae (one species – a locust fly). We will talk about the biology and ecology of blow flies, discuss the diagnostic features and attempt identification of pinned specimens using microscopes and an identification key. The specimens will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own. We will also discuss how you can get involved in collecting and recording blow flies.

Our tutor, Olga Sivell is an entomologist with special interest in carrion species. Her background is in forensic archaeology, for which she holds an MSc. Currently she is working towards her PhD at the University College London. She is researching blow fly distribution and seasonality in Britain, focusing on species of forensic interest. She wrote a handbook for British blow flies (publication pending), has taught at a number of specialist workshops and has given several talks on the topic. Olga is the organiser of the Calliphoridae, Rhiniidae and Polleniidae Recording Scheme. She also verifies blow fly records on iRecord and helps with identification on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

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13th March
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