Events

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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February 2019

An Introduction to the Identification of Leafhoppers and Allies

22nd February | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

Leafhoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers, treehoppers and cicadas (Auchenorrhyncha) are a fascinating group of true bugs with over 400 species recorded in Britain and Ireland. However, despite a number of brightly coloured and distinctive species, they are…

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March 2019

An Introduction to the Identification of Weevils

15th March | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

Weevils (Curculionoidea) are the second largest beetle group in the UK after the Rove Beetles with c.630 species. Many are brightly coloured or unusually shaped but the group is often perceived to be ‘difficult’ to…

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April 2019

British Nomad Bees

13th April | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Find out about the biology and ecology of the Nomada cuckoo bees. Learn how to identify them using identification keys and museum specimens.

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An Introduction to Dung Beetle Identification

26th April | 10:30 am - 27th April | 4:00 pm
Holly Bank House, Holly Bank House, Poole Lane
Thornton-Le-Moors, Cheshire CH2 4JF United Kingdom
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£15

Join Darren Mann and Ceri Watkins from the Dung beetle UK Mapping Project (DUMP), for a two-day introductory course on British dung beetle identification. Dung beetles are important recyclers across the globe as they provide…

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May 2019

British Nomad Bees

3rd May | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Find out about the biology and ecology of the Nomada cuckoo bees. Learn how to identify them using identification keys and museum specimens. This is repeat of the workshop taking place on 13 April due…

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British Bumblebees

7th May | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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An Introduction to Britain’s bumblebees, as well as a presentation looking at their ecology and biology we will be identifying specimens using the museum collections and live specimens found in the museum’s wildflower meadow.

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British Bumblebees

10th May | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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An Introduction to Britain’s bumblebees, as well as a presentation looking at their ecology and biology we will be identifying specimens using the museum collections and live specimens found in the museum’s wildflower meadow. This…

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An Introduction to Centipedes

17th May | 10:30 am - 18th May | 4:00 pm
Sudley House and World Museum, Mossley Hill Road
Aigburth, L18 8BX United Kingdom
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£15

Centipedes are some of the commonest larger invertebrates found in Britain and occur in many different habitats from domestic gardens and urban sites to truly wild countryside and the likelihood of seeing one when you…

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June 2019

Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen

8th June | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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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,…

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An Introduction to the Identification of Dragonflies and Damselflies

22nd June | 10:30 am - 23rd June | 3:30 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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£15

World Museum's Tony Parker is our tutor of this 2-day workshop at Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve where we will cover the identification of dragonflies and damselflies as adults and larvae, as well as from the…

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August 2019

Shieldbug, Grasshopper and Cricket Field Identification

10th August | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ainsdale Discovery Centre Southport, Merseyside PR8 2QB United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

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 and most earlier instars of these small…

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September 2019

An Introduction to the Identification of British Slugs

14th September | 10:30 am - 15th September | 4:00 pm
Sudley House and World Museum, Mossley Hill Road
Aigburth, L18 8BX United Kingdom
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£15

Unloved and under-recorded, the 45 species range from uncommon habitat specialists to widespread generalists. They can be found in almost any habitat and, unlike many insects, birds or mammals, do not run away rapidly from…

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October 2019

Advanced Mosquito Identification

4th October | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Join Edge Hill’s University’s Thom Dallimore at World Museum to learn about techniques required to identify male mosquitoes using their genitalia. We will be making slide preparations and using microscopes and dichotomous keys to identity…

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An Introduction to the Identification of Dolichopodidae flies

18th October | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Known as the long-legged flies, Dolichopodidae is a large family of mainly predatory species with over 7000 species described worldwide and represented by 304 species in the British fauna. 79 of these are ascribed a…

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November 2019

An Introduction to Aquatic Bugs

15th November | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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There are four major groups  (Dipsocoromorpha, Gerromorpha, Leptopodomorpha & Nepomorpha) of aquatic and semi-aquatic bugs in the UK, together totalling c.90 species. They inhabit a variety of habitats from our solitary marine species that lives…

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