Peter Smithers (Bristol)
This session is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops but does not preclude any beginners who would like to come along.
The workshop will begin with a field session where a range of field techniques will be explored and the spiders collected will then be identified to family or species in the lab.
Anyone wishing to bring their own spiders along to identify are welcome to do so and a range of common families will be available to any beginners or those wishing to revise them.
Please contact Marc Taylor, BENHS Indoor Meetings Secretary, 12 Durham Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3HS in advance to book your place at a workshop. This is essential to reserve a stereo microscope (20 are available) and a bench space in the Library or Collections Room. When possible, please bring your own copies of identification keys and any specimens that you have in the groups concerned for verification or identification.
It would help leaders to plan their workshop if you were to provide some basic information when you book on the workshop. Please consider indicating your level of expertise with the group, how long you have been studying the group and in which region(s) and habitat(s) you do most of your collecting. Also what you hope to get out of the workshop and whether you intend to bring any of your own material for verification or identification. For some workshops handouts with identification keys are provided, while specimens to test keys and improve your identification skills may be available on the day via the leader or from the Society’s reference collections (or from the NHM collections when at the Angela Marmont Centre).