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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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June 2021

Entomological Field Techniques Part 2

10th June | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This webinar will take a deep dive into the Pantheon analysis software developed by Natural England and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to assist invertebrate nature conservation in England. We will look at how…

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Beacon Fell Country Park Invertebrate Recording Day

11th June | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

The park consists of 110 hectares of woodland, moorland and farmland. The Beacon Fell summit is 266 metres above sea level and offers spectacular views of the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. Please be…

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Holiday Moss Invertebrate Recording Day

30th June | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Holiday Moss is managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust. It is a small site with a mosaic of peatland, woodland, fen and open water habitats. *Please note that the peat/mossland on this site is currently overgrown…

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July 2021

Scutchers Acres Invertebrate Recording Day

9th July | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us for a general invertebrate recording day at Scutchers Acres. This is a 13 hectare Local Nature Reserve sandwiched along the river Eller Brook between Burscough and Lathom parishes which features markedly different landscapes and…

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Jack Scout & Heald Brow Invertebrate Recording Day

21st July | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us for a general invertebrate recording day at Jack Scout & Heald Brow This site is within the Arnside–Silverdale AONB. Jack Scout lies about one and a quarter kilometres south of Silverdale village on Carboniferous…

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Ground Beetles Webinar

29th July | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This webinar will provide a general introduction to Ground Beetles (Carabidae) and how to find, identify and record them. It will focus on species most commonly encountered by general naturalists in the field, including those…

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August 2021

Barnaby’s Sands and Burrows Marsh Invertebrate Recording Day

11th August | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Burrows Marsh, On the east bank of the River Wyre between Knott End and Hambleton Knott End
Knott End, Lancashire United Kingdom
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A general invertebrate recording day at Barnaby's Sands and Burrows Marsh SSSI. This Lancashire Wildlife Trust managed site comprises the last extensive area of ungrazed saltmarsh on the Lancashire coast. Please be aware that whilst we…

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New Ferry Butterfly Park Invertebrate Recording Day

13th August | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us for a general invertebrate recording day at New Ferry Butterfly Park. 'New Ferry Butterfly Park is an urban nature reserve that was developed on the former site of a railway goods yard, coal yard…

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Yarrow Valley Country Park Invertebrate Recording Day

18th August | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

A general invertebrate recording day at Yarrow Valley Country Park. Yarrow Valley Country Park was first established in 1987 on land previously used for bleaching, dyeing, calico printing and mining. The park is now an important…

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Chester Zoo BAP corridor & estate Invertebrate Recording Day

25th August | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us for a general invertebrate recording day on Chester Zoo estate. In the morning we will visit a site on the Chester Zoo estate which is primarily unimproved grassland with rubble piles, south facing…

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Introduction to some Lesser-known Invertebrates Webinar

26th August | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

There are over 32,000 insect species known in Britain, many of which are familiar, easily recognised and well recorded. This is reflected by the Biological Records Centre supporting something in the region of 66 recording…

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September 2021

Craneflies Webinar

9th September | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This session will provide an overview to British Craneflies (including the families; Cylindrotomidae (damsel craneflies), Pediicidae (hairy-eyed craneflies), Limoniidae (short-palped craneflies), Tipulidae (long-palped craneflies) – and their allies, the Trichoceridae (winter gnats) and Ptychopteridae (fold-winged…

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Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen

11th September | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve, Moat Lane
Rixton, Cheshire WA3 6EE United Kingdom
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This course will introduce you to identifying some of the many UK spiders and harvestmen that are distinctive enough to be confidently recorded in the field with the aid of a simple piece of kit called a…

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October 2021

Making & Keeping a Diptera Collection: In-person workshop

22nd October | 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom

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

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Money Spiders: In-person 1 day workshop

30th October | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom

Richard Gallon from the British Arachnological Society will lead this one-day workshop covering British Money Spiders (Linyphiidae). This workshop will cover microscopic identification techniques. You’ll be guided through the techniques required to identify Money Spiders…

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November 2021

Weevils (Apionidae): In-person workshop

13th November | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom

A workshop introducing the Apionidae Weevils with Mark Gurney Covid Measures In order to keep our attendees and staff safe we encourage anyone attending our workshops to: - maintain social distancing - wear a face…

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Sawflies: In-person workshop

17th November | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom

Workshop Content: There are around 250 species of sawflies in Britain, all of which have plant-feeding larvae. A few are garden pests but most feed as larvae on non cultivated plants. The workshop will have an…

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Hoverflies: In-person workshop

19th November | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom

Course content: Hoverflies (Syrphidae) are probably the most recorded and popular family of Diptera (True Flies) with over 280 British species. Many of these attractive insects can be identified in the field although the majority need…

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Adult Caddisflies Webinar

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

This is our second webinar about Caddis and this one features the adult insect (check out Ian's Caddisfly Larvae Webinar here). Ian will be joined by Sharon Flint to discuss how to find and recognise adult…

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Ants: In-person workshop

26th November | 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown Street
Liverpool, England L3 8EN United Kingdom

Content: This workshop will be a basic introduction to the ecology, behaviour and identification of common British ant species. Our Tutor: Tony Parker is the Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at World Museum, Liverpool . His main…

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