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 facilitateΒ improvements to baseline data coverage at selectedΒ important / under-recorded sites.

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Chester Zoo BAP corridor & estate Invertebrate Recording Day

28th July | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

The ‘BAP corridor’ is a mosaic of habitats in a narrow strip bordering the Shropshire Union Canal. It contains a mixture of meadows (which have been un-grazed and unmown in recent years), species-rich hedgerows, ephemeral water, pine wood bordered by mature deciduous trees, areas of blackthorn scrub and bramble, a damp rushy meadow on lime-rich boulder clay crossed by ditches and a small area of willow species. The site is not accessible to the general public and there are few existing invertebrate records.

In the afternoon we will visit another nearby site on the Chester Zoo estate which is primarily unimproved grassland with rubble piles, south facing banks, ponds and veteran trees. Again there are very few invertebrate records for this site. There may also be an opportunity to visit the zoo’s nature reserve (including the usually inaccessible wet meadow) if time allows.

The damp rushy meadow within the BAP corridor and the wet meadows of the nature reserve are designated Local Wildlife Sites. This is due to the marshy grassland plant communities which include species such as Ragged-robin, Devil’s-bit scabious, Marsh bedstraw, Bog stitchwort and Cuckoo flower.

Please be aware that whilst we welcome invertebrate recorders of all experience levels, our recording days are not taught or guided sessions. (Check out our webinars/workshopsΒ here).

We will follow social distancing measures. Events will be subject to cancellation as a result of any changes that may occur to government guidelines regarding coronavirus, or if there is severe weather forecast.

Booking essential: Further details regarding meeting place etc. will be circulated before the day.