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 2018

An Introduction to Ground Beetles

24th February | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Did you know there are 400 UK species of ground beetles? County recorder, Don Stenhouse, will help you recognise them using Martin Luff's identification key and museum specimens. Lunch not provided To be added to…

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March 2018

An Introduction to Soldierflies and Allies

10th March | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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  Soldierflies and allies (including robberflies, bee-flies, horseflies and others) include some of our largest and most colourful insects. Some are easy to find whereas others require dedicated searching, but these flies are within reach…

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An introduction to Burying Beetles

31st March | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
Free

Joint event with Cofnod - the Local Environmental Records Centre for North Wales These insects display fascinating behaviours as well as being important recyclers. Learn how to catch, identify and make records of the species with…

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April 2018

An introduction to Nocturnal Parasitic Wasps

13th April | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Many of these wasps are conspicuously large and orange but rarely seen apart from by moth recorders, having been attracted to their bright lights. National Expert Gavin Broad will get you to grips with using…

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Beetles: Field Techniques for Biological Recording

20th April | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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Join Lancashire and Cheshire County Beetle Recorder Don Stenhouse at this diverse nature reserve to learn about the various methods that can be used to find beetles for biological recording. Somes examples that will be…

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Spiders with Microscopes

28th April | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

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…

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June 2018

Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen

2nd June | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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Free

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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Field Identification of Craneflies

15th June | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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Free

Tutored by Natural England's Pete Boardman, this workshop will introduce you to the identification of live craneflies in the field at Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve. This workshop will involve some light walking as we look for…

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An Introduction to Bee Identification

22nd June | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ness Gardens, Ness Botanical Gardens
Ness, Cheshire CH64 4AY United Kingdom
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You might be surprised to learn there are around 270 species of bees in the UK. Honey bees, bumblebees, masonary bees and mining bees are just one small part of a big family of fascinating…

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July 2018

Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification

7th July | 10:30 am - 8th July | 3:30 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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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 2018

Shieldbug, Grasshopper and Cricket Field Identification

11th 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 of these small groups of UK insects…

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September 2018

An Introduction to Mite Identification

1st September | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Mites (Acari) are one of the most diverse and abundant groups of invertebrates on earth and have an important role in ecosystem functions. Despite this, they are often ignored by biological recorders and conservationists. However,…

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An Introduction to the Identification of Mosquitoes (Culicidae)

7th September | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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Free

Join Edge Hill's University's Thom Dallimore at this diverse nature reserve to learn about identifying and recording Mosquitoes. We'll be using microscopes in the visitor centre as well as seeing what can be found around…

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Field Identification of Plant Galls

14th September | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Eastham Country Park Birkenhead, Cheshire CH62 0AU United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

What causes the strange growth forms on plants that we call galls? Join Steve Cross, President of Liverpool Botanical Society, for a close look at these fascinating growths. Suitable for beginners as well as those…

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Plant Gall Identification with Microscopes

15th September | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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What causes the strange growth forms on plants that we call galls? Join Steve Cross, President of Liverpool Botanical Society, for a look at these fascinating growths under the microscope at World Museum. Suitable for…

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October 2018

Sepsid Fly Identification

13th October | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

Many members of the Sepsid flies are small and ant-like owing to their glossy black and ‘waisted’ appearance. Most are associated with dung but also other decaying organic matter. In Britain, Sepsidae are a small…

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November 2018

Cranefly Identification with Microscopes

3rd November | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

Tutored by Pete Boardman, this workshop will introduce you to the identifying craneflies using draft keys due to be published in a forthcoming British cranefly book. You will be working with set museum specimens and microscopes,…

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An Introduction to Moth Dissection

10th November | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Leighton Moss, Storrs Lane
Carnforth, LA5 0SW United Kingdom
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Lepidoptera are the best recorded order of insects in the UK with 10s of millions of records collated since 1800s. However, some of >2500 species are cryptic of terms of differences and can only be…

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An Introduction to Earthworm Identification

15th November | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Holly Bank House, Holly Bank House, Poole Lane
Thornton-Le-Moors, Cheshire CH2 4JF United Kingdom
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This is a joint event with Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Earthworms are one of the most under recorded invertebrate groups in the UK, despite their importance for soil health. In fact, we don't know anyone in…

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December 2018

Money Spider (Linyphiidae) Identification

7th December | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Richard Gallon from the British Arachnological Society will lead an identification course on the British money spiders (Linyphiidae). Focusing on some easily identifiable species, you’ll get to hone your ID skills on a range of…

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