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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September 2018

An Introduction to Mite Identification

1st September 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Leighton Moss, Storrs Lane
Carnforth, LA5 0SW United Kingdom
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Free

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 2018 | 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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Free

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 2018 | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

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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January 2019

Springtails: Advanced Identification

18th January | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

An advanced course tutored by National Scheme Organiser, Peter Shaw, for those already familar with using Hopkins (2007) key to the Springtail of Britain and Ireland. This day course will cover some of the more…

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Bee Identification with Steven Falk

19th January | 10:30 am - 20th January | 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom
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£15

A 2-day workshop providing an exciting opportunity to practice identifying British bees under the microscope with Steven Falk, author of the the 2015 Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland. The course…

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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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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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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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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