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February 2018

Springtails – World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

February 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum Liverpool,
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Spring into the ground-dwelling lives of these important nutrient recyclers. National expert, Peter Shaw, will introduce you to this poorly studied and under-recorded group. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/springtails-tickets-41038562445

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Workshop: Ground Beetle (Carabidae) identification workshop

February 24 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Booking a place is required to attend – this ensures equipment and resources will be available. Mark Telfer (Bedfordshire) and John Walters (Devon). The seventh annual ground beetle workshop will help beginners and experts alike to find and identify British and Irish carabids. The programme will start with a brief talk covering new topics of interest, followed by an identification session helping beginners to identify carabids to genus, as well as providing tuition on some of the more difficult genera…

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March 2018
Free

Workshop: Introduction to craneflies – New for 2018

March 3 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Booking a place is required to attend – this ensures equipment and resources will be available. Level – beginner – Pete Boardman (Bridgnorth) An introduction to the group of flies known as craneflies or daddy long legs, looking at cranefly ecology, curation of specimens, and their identification.  Resources: The most up to date identification keys are downloadable as PDFs from ‘The catalogue of the craneflies of the world’ website;  http://ccw.naturalis.nl/ They are within the literature section and referenced Stubbs, A.E.…

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Free

Workshop: Tachinidae identification workshop

March 10 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Booking a place is required to attend – this ensures equipment and resources will be available. Matt Smith (Winnersh) and Chris Raper (Reading). An introduction to sampling and identifying Tachinidae, with new draft keys for a revised RES Handbook available for testing and the chance to have your specimens checked and verified by the organisers of the National Recording Scheme. For more information on Tachinidae and the recording scheme see: http://tachinidae.org.uk/

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Soldierflies – World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

March 10 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum Liverpool,
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Large and brightly coloured, soldierflies are an ideal starting point for the study of diptera. With the use of museum specimens you will be able to develop your identification skills with national expert, Martin Harvey. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/springtails-tickets-41038562445

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Workshop: Sawfly identification workshop

March 17 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Booking a place is required to attend – this ensures equipment and resources will be available. Andrew Halstead (Woking), John Grearson (Ashton Keynes). The workshop will deal with the identification of adult Sawflies for beginners, as well as helping those wishing to tackle more difficult genera. There is an active National Sawfly Recording Scheme with newsletters and a checklist that can be downloaded from: http://www.record-lrc.co.uk/c2.aspx?Mod=Downloads&Do=ListFile&SubCategoryID=48 and there is a Symphyta Study Group hosted on Yahoo at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sawfly/

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Burying Beetles – World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

March 31 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
National Museum Liverpool,
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN United Kingdom
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These insects display fascinating behaviours and are also important recyclers. Learn how to catch, identify and make records of the species with National Scheme Organisers Ashleigh Whiffen and Matthew Esh. www.cofnod.org.uk/Bookings

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April 2018

Nocturnal Parasitic Wasps – World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

April 13 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum Liverpool,
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Learn to identify these large, orange wasps which are attracted to light. National expert Gavin Broad will introduce you to this difficult, but rewarding group. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nocturnal-parasitic-wasps-of-the-ichneumonidae-tickets-41076126801

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Free

Workshop: Ichneumonidae general surgery

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Booking a place is required to attend – this ensures equipment and resources will be available. Gavin Broad (NHM) & Mike Fitton (NHM)  Please bring along any ichneumonid specimens that you have tried to identify and would like confirming. Covering the nocturnal species, following recent work on species complexes, and answering any ichneumonid problems, as far as we are able.

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Spiders with Microscopes – World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum Liverpool,
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Did you know 75% of the UK spiders need examining under a microscope to be identified to species? County recorder, Rich Burkmar, will guide you through spider identification using microscopes. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spiders-with-microscopes-tickets-41076348464

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