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 Spiders and Harvestmen

8th June | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


This course will introduce you to identifying some of the many UK spiders and harvestmen that are distinctive enough to be confidently recorded in the field with the aid a simple piece of kit called a spi-pot, before being released again. On this course you will be:

  • Introduced to spider & harvestman ecology
  • Shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
  • Shown how to use a spi-pot to look closely at living specimens
  • Given the opportunity to practice identification techniques
  • Shown how to get help with identification and all things spidery
  • Introduced to submitting spider & harvestmen records

There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying spiders and harvestmen in the field. We will collect live spiders and harvestmen around the grounds of Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.

Our course leader, Dr Rich Burkmar is the British Arachnological Society Area Organiser for Lancashire (VC59,60) and Cheshire (VC58) and an active member of the Shropshire Spider Group.

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

Adults only (18+)

Access: the are good (grassy) foopaths paths suitable for wheelchairs around much of the reserve

Image: Richard Gallon


8th June
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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