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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Spiders with Microscopes
28th April | 10:30 am - 4:00 pmFree
This course is aimed at introducing people to the techniques of identifying British spiders under the microscope.
There are over 670 different species of spiders in the Britain and at least 500 of these can only be reliably identified by looking at specimens under the microscope. The day will begin with a very brief introduction to the diversity, biology and ecology of this fascinating group of animals, but we will quickly get into the practical work of identification and the emphasis will be on giving you first-hand experience under the supervision of your tutor. It is an entirely lab-based day and you will be working with specimens provided by your tutor, though anyone that wants to bring dead specimens that they have collected and preserved themselves is welcome to. Your tutor will be able to help you to identify them.
This is a day course aimed at the keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to spider identification with microscopes.
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