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.

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Field Identification of Craneflies

15th June 2018 | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Tutored by Natural England’s Pete Boardman, this workshop will introduce you to the identification of live craneflies in the field at Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve.

This workshop will involve some light walking as we look for craneflies in different areas of the site.

Pete Boardman is an entomologist and ecologist whose specialisms include tipulids (craneflies). He managed a succession of Field Studies Councils projects delivering training in ID and survey skills at all levels from beginner to expert, latterly concentrating on the ‘uncharismatic’ groups including soil fauna.

Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch and appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.

Please use the free carpark at SJ68779024 and meet us in the visitor centre at SJ68629015

If you’re interested in this workshop, please note we’re complementing it with another cranefly focused day on 3rd November 2018 at the World Museum, introducing you to identification of some of the more difficult species using microscopes and dichotomous keys.


15th June 2018
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Tanyptera Trust


Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve
Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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