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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Shieldbug, Grasshopper and Cricket Field Identification

11th August 2018 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Our tutor for the day, Phil Smith, will introduce you to some of the shieldbugs, grasshoppers and crickets that can be identified on the Sefton Coast. The adults of these small groups of UK insects are usually identifiable in the field once learnt so they make good subjects to add on to other recording you might be doing at a site.

Part of the day will be spent walking short distances at a slow pace across the dunes to find our subjects. We will also spend some time receiving an introductory presentation at the discovery centre – and examining specimens from the World Museum in the event of adverse weather.

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


11th August 2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tanyptera Trust


Ainsdale Discovery Centre
Southport, Merseyside PR8 2QB United Kingdom + Google Map