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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Introduction to Stoneflies Webinar

3rd November 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Stoneflies are often overlooked inhabitants of freshwater, however they are a fascinating group of insects. Whilst some species are more at home in ditches, ponds and marshes, they are predominately found in clean, cold, fast flowing streams, which makes them excellent indicators of pollution and climate change. The aquatic nymphs of some species can take over 3 years to develop and the adults range in size from around 5mm to over 30mm. Despite being largely inconspicuous, they are easy to study and with only 35 species in the UK they are a manageable group to learn.This webinar will introduce stoneflies, their life histories, and describe the different families found in the UK.

Our tutor, Craig Macadam, is national recorder for the Plecoptera Recording Scheme, and has been studying and recording freshwater invertebrates for over 25 years. His particular interest is in stoneflies and mayflies, and he frequently gives talks and training on these groups. Craig is particularly interested in the species found in upland areas of the UK and the impact that climate change is having upon them.

We will end with 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.


3rd November 2020
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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