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.
Rainford Woodlands Invertebrate Recording Day
31st August | 10:00 am - 4:30 pmFree
Our final invertebrate recording day of the year will take place at Rainford woodlands: “A mixed deciduous/coniferous plantation containing a number of regionally and locally important habitats as well as English Bluebell”. The site is split into two main sections of woodland (see below), which are currently used for woodland weddings and burials by Greenacres. The emphasis is on recording invertebrates and therefore the day is not suitable for the absolute beginner bug enthusiast. Participants should also be fit enough to be on their feet for the majority of the day. Further details regarding parking etc. will be circulated a week before the day. There are WC facilities on site.
A St Helens Local Wildlife Site.
“The main central areas of the woodland are predominantly 19th century Oak plantation with mixed broadleaf consisting of Sweet Chestnut, Sycamore with few Hazel and Hornbeam. To the north are areas of 20th century conifer plantations of hybrid Larch, Corsican and Scots Pine with some mixed broadleaf mainly birch existing within the conifer crop. Oak and some old coppiced Alder are present along the wetter areas to the south of the site. These wetter Alder stands cannot be classified as true overall biodiversity.”
“As with Emma’s Wood the central sections of Grace Wood contains a mixture of 19th century broadleaf plantation and 20th century conifer. The broadleaf areas consist mainly of dense Sycamore with some Common Lime and rare Wych Elm. The conifer crop is dominated by Scots and few Black Pine. To the east and west of these plantations are areas of mixed broadleaf predominantly Oak with Ash.
A feature of both Emma’s and Grace Wood is the presence of Rhododendron that is dominating large areas. This was planted in the recent past probably to provide cover for game birds such as pheasants. However this species has now invaded into large parts of the woodland decreasing the overall biodiversity.”