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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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November 2020

Where to Find Water Beetles. In the Water?

19th November 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Over 400 beetle species are only found in or near water in Britain. Many species will not be found by traditional pond-dipping. We’ll review the possibilities using examples from all over the British Isles, but…

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Flesh Flies Webinar

20th November 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Flesh Flies – with Daniel Whitmore, Charles Griffiths and Nigel Jones Join us to learn about the natural history, diversity and distribution of British Flesh Flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) and how to identify them, with Daniel…

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Dipterists Day

21st November 2020 | 10:30 am - 1:20 pm

The Dipterists Forum's Dipterists Day includes an exciting line up of talks on recording, collecting and DNA sequencing and the implications for UK Diptera. Open to all, members & non-members. Click on the link below…

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Introduction to Hemiptera (True Bugs) Webinar

26th November 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

The true bugs (Hemiptera) are a large and diverse group of insects in Britain, comprising almost 2000 species. This webinar will provide an introduction to the British fauna, focussing on recognition of the various families…

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December 2020

Introduction to Beetles Webinar (Part 1)

2nd December 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

During this two part webinar series you will learn what a beetle is and how to distinguish them from other insects. In part 1 you will learn about beetle anatomy and the key features needed…

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Introduction to Beetles Webinar (Part 2)

9th December 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

This is part 2 of a two part webinar series on an introduction to beetles. In part 2 we will look at a 3 or 4 more difficult to identify families for the keen beetle…

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Soldierflies & Allies Webinar

16th December 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Some of the UK’s largest and most colourful insects can be found within the soldierflies and allies (the “allies” include robberflies, bee-flies, horseflies, snipefies and six other smaller families). Some are easy to find whereas…

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February 2021

Micro-moth field signs Webinar

2nd February | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Many micro-moth species can be recorded in the field without encountering the adult moths. Such field work involves using a variety of techniques to detect the early stages of the moths and can be performed…

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Nocturnal Ichneumonoid Wasps Webinar

19th February | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Nocturnal Ichneumonoid Wasps Webinar with Gavin Broad. Several groups of parasitoid wasps are frequent and conspicuous visitors to light traps. However, species are difficult to identify and there remains much to discover. This webinar introduces…

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Centipedes Webinar

27th February | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Centipedes (Chilopoda) are an intriguing group of animals that look superficially very similar, but in-fact there are over 50 species found in Britain. They are carnivorous and therefore a significant predator of a range of…

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March 2021

Making and keeping a Diptera collection Webinar

5th March | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Led by Dipterist Nigel Jones, this is very much a webinar where participants can share their own “top tips” for useful techniques and saving money. The webinar will focus on pinned dry specimens. Making and…

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Mining Bees Webinar

19th March | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

The Andrena are the largest genus of bees in the UK with 68 species. They typically nest in light soils excavated by the females, hence the common name of mining bees. Focusing on the common…

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Woodlice Webinar Part 1

25th March | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The terrestrial Isopoda or ‘woodlice’ are very well recognised animals to most people. But while many may think that, ‘a woodlouse is a woodlouse’ and are all very similar, there are actually over 60 species…

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Shieldbugs & Allies Webinar

31st March | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

This session will provide an overview of British Shieldbug and Allies with a focus on recently arrived species and changes in species' ranges, using recent data from the recording scheme. Tutor information: Tristan Bantock is…

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April 2021

Woodlice Webinar Part 2

1st April | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The terrestrial Isopoda or ‘woodlice’ are very well recognised animals to most people. But while many may think that, ‘a woodlouse is a woodlouse’ and all very similar, actually over 60 species have been recorded…

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Money Spider Webinar

10th April | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Richard Gallon (Newsletter Editor of the British Arachnological Society) will introduce you to the amazing world of Money Spiders (Linyphiidae). Although small, their ecology and behaviours are extremely interesting. Some have wacky, bizarre morphologies too!…

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Harvestmen Webinar Part 1

15th 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…

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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…

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Harvestmen Webinar Part 3

29th 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…

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May 2021

Cavity Nesting Mining Bees Webinar

5th May | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ron Rock (Bumblebee Conservation Trust volunteer) will give you an insight into the wonderful world of the cavity nesting solitary bees (including Mason & Leafcutter bees). A look at the nesting strategies of these bees…

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