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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Plant Galls Webinar

1st September | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

An introduction to plant galls in Britain.

Peter Shirley will cover what galls are, where on plants they occur, examples of galls caused by different groups of causers (such as wasps, midges and mites) and general information about the gall world.

This webinar will be followed by an optional field workshop at Marbury Country Park, Northwich the following week (9th September) – bookings will open soon and details will be posted on the North West Invertebrates events page

Our tutor: Peter Shirley is a retired nature conservationist, having worked for the Wildlife Trusts in local, regional and national capacities. His main natural history interest is gall causing organisms, in particular cynipid wasps. He was a founder-member of the British Plant Gall Society and is co-author of the Field Studies Council AidGap keys to British Plant Galls. He is active on social media, being an administrator of the British Plant Galls Facebook Group, and runs the @britgalls Twitter feed. He was awarded an MBE for his services to nature conservation, and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

The presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session.

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.


1st September
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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