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March 2019

Dipterists Forum Key-writing Workshop

March 31
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Organised by The Dipterists Forum The workshop will be led by Martin Ebejer. This workshop is aimed at those who have some experience of using keys, and may want to have a go at writing their own. Help will be given to novice key writers, as well as tips and advice for those who have already got some experience in this field. In order to make best use of the time, Martin is keen to tailor the workshop to individual needs,…

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April 2019

Sawfly identification workshop

April 6
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Andrew Halstead (Woking), John Grearson (Ashton Keynes). The workshop is an introduction to the identification of adult Sawflies (Hymenoptera Symphyta) for beginners, as well as helping those wishing to tackle more difficult genera. The workshop will deal with identification to family level and to the most conspicuous and easily identifiable species. Keys to families will be used on the day and you are more than welcome to bring along any specimens that you would like to work on or need…

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Open Ichneumonidae general surgery

April 27
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Gavin Broad (NHM) & Mike Fitton (NHM). This workshop gives you the opportunity to bring along any ichneumonid specimens that you have tried to identify and would like help in confirming. The workshop covers the nocturnal species of this parasitoid wasp family and following recent work on species complexes, and answering any ichneumonid problems, as far as we are able.

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May 2019

Introduction to social and cuckoo bumblebees

May 4
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Stephen Lings (St Albans). This workshop takes a look into the life and identification of these much loved, but undervalued pollinators. Discover how to identify some of the common bumble species found across the UK. The workshop comprises fieldwork in the morning followed by an indoor workshop in the afternoon. Bumblebees are an essential part of the British spring and summer yet many species are in steep decline. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of why conserving these species…

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‘Nature Sketching’ or observational field drawing workshop

May 11
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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John Walters (Devon) Stephen Lings (St Albans). This workshop will help you celebrate the natural world through the tradition of observational drawing. Capturing the essence of the seasons in a series of drawing exercises you will explore, line, colour, tone and mark making with a range of exciting materials. Come away with a visual feast of sketches recording the invertebrates of the moment, as well as creating a book of sketches. This workshop is suitable for all abilities from the…

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June 2019

An introduction to Spiders (Araneae)

June 8
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Peter Smithers (Bristol). The workshop is aimed at both those who have attended previously and at any beginners who would like to discover more about this fascinating group of invertebrates. The workshop will begin with a field session at the on-site nature reserve where a range of field techniques will be explored and the spiders collected will then be identified to family or species back inside using the microscopes to identify species down to species level. Anyone wishing to bring…

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