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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Grasshoppers & Crickets Webinar

2nd December | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The sound of grasshoppers and crickets is evocative of the height of summer. They are among our largest and most abundant insects and play a crucial role in the food web. This talk will give an introduction to the species of Britain and Ireland, covering identification of the commonest species by sight and sound, and a look at their biology and ecology. We will finish with a look at the Grasshopper Recording Scheme, and how your records help research and conservation – documenting declines, increases and new arrivals, and studying the underlying causes.

Speaker: Björn Beckmann is an ecologist at the Biological Records Centre (BRC), and has been co-running the Grasshopper Recording Scheme since 2009. For his PhD he analysed the scheme’s data, and with colleagues at BRC he created the “iRecord Grasshoppers” app and the scheme website. From 2013 to 2020, he organised the Royal Entomological Society’s annual day of talks on grasshopper research (Orthoptera SIG).

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.

Image (c) Katie Beckmann


2nd December
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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