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April 2020

NHMWrkShp11: Introduction to Weevils (Curculionidae) identification

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity,
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Trainer: Mark Gurney. This workshop will help you recognise the main groups and teach you how to identify some of the more common species. This workshop will provide an opportunity to get more familiar with one of the largest beetle groups, who have a reputation for being difficult. We will de-mystify these endearing insects and learn about identification features, using microscopes and specimens for close-up examination, as well as providing an introduction to how to find and record these beetles…

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Riverfly Partnership

April 11
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Identification Skills Assessment, Natural History Museum, LONDON

April 16
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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As many of you probably expected, with the closure of the Natural History Museum on Wednesday for a minimum of 2 months, this workshop will not be able to proceed as originally planned. We are currently investigating if it might be possible to hold the conference remotely, or if it would be better to postpone the event to later in the year when hopefully we will all be able to meet face to face. We will be in touch as…

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DPWrkShp12: An introduction to Sawfly identification

April 18 @ 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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Trainers: Andrew Halstead and John Grearson. This workshop is an introduction to the identification of adult Sawflies (Hymenoptera Symphyta). The workshop over the day will deal with identification to genus level and to the most conspicuous and easily identifiable species. Keys to families will be used on the day and you are welcome to bring along any specimens that you would like to work on or need help with. There are two Symphyta Groups for you to get more help…

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DPWrkShp13: ‘Nature Sketching’ or observational field drawing

April 25 @ 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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Trainers: Stephen Lings and John Walters. 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 aspiring…

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May 2020

NHMWrkShp14: Introduction to Ichneumonidae and general surgery

May 2 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity,
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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Trainers: Gavin Broad and Mike Fitton. This workshop gives you an introduction to this parasitoid wasp family within the order Hymenoptera. Unlike other parasites, parasitoids kill their hosts and are important pest controllers and one of the most diverse and species rich groups of insects. There is also the opportunity to bring along any ichneumonid specimens that you have tried to identify and would like help in confirming. The workshop covers day and nocturnal species of this parasitoid wasp family…

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DPWrkShp15: Introduction to Yponomeutidae Micro Moth identification

May 16 @ 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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Trainer: Ian Sims. Come and learn to identify this family of small ermine moths (Yponomeutidae). A variable family of 24, most start as leaf miners but several then live communally in silk webs, often in vast numbers and completely defoliating trees and hedges. Moth identification is an ideal ‘next step’ from butterfly identification and a great way to take your first steps into the world of entomology. This workshop will provide an opportunity to get more familiar with the identification…

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June 2020

DPWrkShp16: An introduction to Spiders (Araneae) identification

June 6 @ 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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Trainer: Peter Smithers. 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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DPWrkShp17: Introduction to social and cuckoo bumblebee identification

June 13 @ 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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Trainer: Stephen Lings. 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 is…

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