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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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September 2017

Insects at light

1st September 2017 | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
National Museums Liverpool, 127 Dale Street
Liverpool, England L2 2JH United Kingdom
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Find out what insects other that moths are attracted to light. This workshop, aimed at moth recorders, will introduce you to a range of insects commonly caught in light traps and what is required to…

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October 2017

Pseudoscorpion Identification Course 14th October 2017

14th October 2017
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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An introduction to the identification of UK Pseudoscorpions

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January 2018

An Introduction to Ladybirds

20th January | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

A chance to learn more about this familiar and popular group of insects with Jeff Clarke, Cheshire County Recorder for Ladybirds and author of the new Cheshire Ladybird Atlas.

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iRecord and Pantheon: recording invertebrates and interpreting the results

23rd January | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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iRecord and Pantheon: recording invertebrates and interpreting the results This workshop focuses on iRecord and Pantheon, two online resources that can help you record and interpret your observations of insects and other invertebrates. iRecord (https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/)…

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February 2018

Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen

6th February | 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 Springtails

23rd February | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

Spring into the ground-dwelling lives of these important nutrient recyclers. National expert, Peter Shaw, will introduce you to this poorly studied and under-recorded group. Lunch not provided. To be added to our waiting list click…

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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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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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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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