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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|Altcar Recording Day||7th August 2020||Friday||Altcar||10:00-4:30pm||Free / essential|
|Leck Fell Recording Day||12th August 2020||Wednesday||Leck Fell||10:00-4:30pm||Free / essential|
|River Lune Hornby Recording Day||14th August 2020||Friday||Rive Lune Hornby||10:00-4:30pm||Free / essential|
|Goyt Valley Recording Day||19th August 2020||Wednesday||Goyt Valley||10:00-4:30pm||Free / essential|
|Cholmondeley Estate Recording Day||21st August 2020||Friday||Cholmondeley Estate||10:00-4:30pm||Free / essential|
|Bickershaw Colliery Recording Day||26th August 2020||Wednesday||Bickershaw Colliery||10:00-4:30pm||Free / essential|
|Winmarleigh & Cockerham Moss Recording Day||28th August 2020||Friday||Winmarleigh & Cockerham Moss||10:00-4:30pm||Free / essential|
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Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen
8th June 2019 | 10:30 am - 4:00 pmFree
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, before being released again. On this course you will be:
- Introduced to spider & harvestman ecology
- Shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
- Shown how to use a spi-pot to look closely at living specimens
- Given the opportunity to practice identification techniques
- Shown how to get help with identification and all things spidery
- Introduced to submitting spider & harvestmen records
There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying spiders and harvestmen in the field. We will collect live spiders and harvestmen around the grounds of Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.
Our course leader, Dr Rich Burkmar is the British Arachnological Society Area Organiser for Lancashire (VC59,60) and Cheshire (VC58) and an active member of the Shropshire Spider Group.
Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch and appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.
Please use the free carpark at SJ68779024 and meet us in the visitor centre at SJ68629015
Adults only (18+)
Access: the are good (grassy) foopaths paths suitable for wheelchairs around much of the reserve
Image: Richard Gallon