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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|Hoverflies Workshop||3rd April 2020 - POSTPONED||Friday||World Museum||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Stonefly Workshop||2nd & 3rd May 2020 - POSTPONED||Saturday & Sunday||World Museum/Yarrow Valley||10:30am start||£15 / essential|
|Plant bugs Workshop||15th May 2020 -POSTPONED||Friday||World Museum||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Spiders & Harvestmen Workshop||6th June 2020 -POSTPONED||Saturday||Rixton Claypits||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Bumblebees Workshop||26th June 2020 - POSTPONED||Friday||Ness Botanic Gardens||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Longhorn Beetle Webinar||11th July 2020||Saturday||Zoom||10:30am start||Free / essential|
|Urban GreenUP Project Webinar||17th July 2020||Friday||Zoom||1:00pm start||Free / essential|
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An Introduction to Moth Dissection
18th January | 10:30 am - 4:30 pmFree
Lepidoptera are the best recorded order of insects in the UK with 10s of millions of records collated since 1800s. However, some of >2500 species are cryptic of terms of differences and can only be identified, and therefore recorded, by looking at internal structures. Because special equipment and skills are required to study internal structures, fewer Lepidopterists record them and therefore our understanding of their conservation needs are poorer.
Tutored by John Girdley, this indoor one-day workshop will introduce you to dissection techniques for moths for the purposes of identification and biological recording (which ultimately underpins moth conservation), including an opportunity to practise identifying some cryptic common species.
Adults only. Ideally, you will already have experience identifying and recording moths. You are encouraged to bring your own specimens to practise with but this is not essential.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch or use the World Museum cafe.
This is a joint event with Lancashire Moth Group.