We hold free and heavily subsidised invertebrate workshops and webinars 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 run an invertebrate recording day programme to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important / under-recorded sites.

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Adult Caddisflies Webinar

25th November | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This is our second webinar about Caddis and this one features the adult insect (check out Ian’s Caddisfly Larvae Webinar here).

Ian will be joined by Sharon Flint to discuss how to find and recognise adult caddis and how to identify them. They will introduce a new guide that is being published in Spring 2022.

Adult caddis have been thought the poor second cousins to larvae as far as biological interest is concerned. They are more than just a short-lived rather passive breeding stage. But couple that perceived lack of interest with no accessible guide makes them more likely to be ignored by light-trappers and other naturalists – but that is changing!

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Ian identified his first caddis larva in 1971 and has been unable to shake off a fascination for these insects. He is the senior author of the Freshwater Biological Association Key to Cased Caddis Larva and in 2006 wrote a “Simple Key to Caddis Larvae”, published by the Field Studies Council. He has supported caddis recording for 40 years and is pleased that his efforts have helped change caddis from being a group with few records to one with an NBN holding 700,000 records.

Sharon Flint has 20 years’ experience in identification of adult and juvenile aquatic insects and has taught identification and ecology to university students and professionals. She has worked on aquatic invertebrate surveys for Natural England, the RSPB and the private sector and has carried out research on the ecology of stoneflies and caddisflies. She works as an independent consultant on various projects and with a range of clients and carries out AQC work on aquatic invertebrate samples for consultancies. She is Yorkshire Naturalists Union recorder for Trichoptera.

Please book your space via Eventbrite and you will be sent information on how to join the webinar.

This session will run on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom you will need to create a Zoom account and download their software. This is all free and you can do so here.

You can use a laptop/desktop computer, smartphone or tablet and it isn’t necessary to have a webcam or microphone to participate.

Further info on how to join a zoom meeting can be found here.

Image (c) Sharon Flint (Mystacides longicornis).


25th November
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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