We hold free and 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.
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|Blow flies Workshop||13th March 2020||Friday||World Museum||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Entomology Collection Day||19th March 2020||Thursday||World Museum||10:30 or 13:30 start||Just turn up|
|Groundbugs Workshop||20th March 2020||Friday||World Museum||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Hoverflies Workshop||3rd April 2020||Friday||World Museum||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Stonefly Workshop||2nd & 3rd May 2020||Saturday & Sunday||World Museum/Yarrow Valley||10:30am start||£15 / essential|
|Plant bugs Workshop||15th May 2020||Friday||World Museum||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Longhorn beetles Workshop||30th May 2020||Saturday||Rixton Claypits||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Spiders & Harvestmen Workshop||6th June 2020||Saturday||Rixton Claypits||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Bumblebees Workshop||26th June 2020||Friday||Ness Botanic Gardens||10:30am start||Free / essential|
Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen
6th 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 of 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: there are good (grassy) footpaths suitable for wheelchairs around much of the reserve
Image: Richard Gallon