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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Harvestmen Webinar Part 2

22nd April | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

You may know the group of arachnids, ‘Opiliones’ as Harvestmen or daddy-long-legs spiders. This series of webinars will offer insight into how these fascinating animals are very much not spiders and introduce you to their life histories and ecology. Harvestmen must be one of the most familiar and engaging invertebrates for the non-naturalist. They are often easily observed, sitting on walls and running among flower-beds in gardens, but very few people understand their predatory ecological role or quite how easy many species are to recognise in the field. With only 33 British species to contend with, it is straightforward to learn how to identify a high proportion of British species from just a few characteristics. New species to Britain seem to be turning up almost annually in recent years, so it is an exciting time to be looking at these amazing creatures.

The three webinars will progress in depth each week. The is part 2 which will look at the key characters for identifying the more distinctive species. This will be a good introduction to allow you to recognise a good proportion of the British species. (Book Part 1 here and Part 3 here).

Tutor information: Paul Richards has most recently worked as Ecological Monitoring Officer for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and undertaken research in urban biodiversity and bird reproduction at the University of Sheffield.  He was previously Senior Curator of Natural History at Museums Sheffield.  Paul has nearly 40 years experience as a professional zoologist, curator and ecologist specialising in ground invertebrates.  He is Sorby Natural History Society recorder for Millipedes, Centipedes, Woodlice, Harvestmen, and Pseudoscorpions and author of the FSC guide to British Harvestmen.  He also wrote the BMIG guide to millipedes, centipedes and woodlice as well as a new atlas of Dragonflies of the Sheffield area. He is an active contributor to a number of Facebook invertebrate groups and is a passionate advocate of biological recording.

For each webinar there will be an extensively illustrated talk from Paul, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

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.


22nd April
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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