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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September 2020

Calf Hill & Cragg Woods Invertebrate Recording Day

4th September 2020 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

A general invertebrate recording day at Calf Hill & Cragg Woods SSSI. 'Calf Hill and Cragg Woods lies at an altitude of 150m, approximately 7 km east of Lancaster on the north western side of…

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Holiday Moss Invertebrate Recording Day

9th September 2020 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
WA11 8NN WA11 8NN + Google Map

Holiday Moss is managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust. It is a small site with a mosaic of peatland, woodland, fen and open water habitats which supports everything from brown hares and common lizards to black…

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Port Sunlight River Park Invertebrate Recording Day

11th September 2020 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
CH62 4TQ

Port Sunlight River Park, a former landfill site, is now a 28-hectare park which hosts a variety of habitats including semi-mature and young woodland, hedgerows, scrub, bramble/tall ruderal, mature reedbed, species-rich grassland, bare and rocky…

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Spiders in the Field Webinar

12th September 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

This webinar will cover: • An introduction to field ID and the rapid recent advances in spider field ID • Useful literature, especially the WildGuide which we will look at in detail • Field equipment…

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An Introduction to DNA Barcoding for Species Identification Webinar

23rd September 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Dr John Wilson, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at World Museum Liverpool, will introduce the concept of using DNA barcodes for species identification, the lab work and materials involved, and some applications of DNA barcoding locally…

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Introduction to Water Beetles Webinar

26th September 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Aquatic invertebrate specialists, Peter and Sharon Flint, will give an introduction to Water Beetle Identification. We will end with an interactive question and answer session. Tutor info: Sharon Flint has 20 years’ experience in identification…

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October 2020

Pond Invertebrates Webinar

7th October 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Join Arron Watson (Freshwater Entomologist and Ecologist) to find out about the different invertebrates that are found in ponds. He will explore the pond surface where the bugs and others swim and glide, the middle…

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Introduction to Millipedes Webinar

17th October 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Millipedes (Diplopoda) are an easily overlooked group of animals because of their secretive lifestyles in soil or under bark, but they are remarkably diverse and of great importance in the process of decomposition. There are…

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November 2020

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…

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Sawflies Webinar

14th November 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

There are around 250 species of Sawfly in Britain, all of which have plant-feeding larvae. A few are garden pests but most feed as larvae on non cultivated plants. This webinar will include a talk…

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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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