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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Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen
8th June | 10:30 am - 4:00 pmFree
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