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February 2020

NHMWrkShp6: Wasps, counting to three – 3 sub-marginals and a short petiole

February 1 @ 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: Mike Edwards. Come and learn to identify the genus of wasps Cerceris. The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in these wasps from the family Crabronidae which are all distinctly with a short petiole. This workshop will provide an opportunity to get more familiar with the identification features to look for, using microscopes and specimens for close-up examination, as well as providing an introduction to how to find and record these wasps. There is no prerequisite…

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DPWrkShp7: An introduction to Soldierflies and allies

February 15 @ 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: Martin Harvey and Alex Dye. Soldierflies and allies (including robberflies, bee-flies, horseflies and others) include some of our largest and most colourful insects. Some are easy to find whereas others require dedicated searching, but these flies are within reach of anyone with an interest in insects. This workshop will provide an opportunity to get more familiar with the identification features, using microscopes and specimens, as well as providing an introduction to how to find and record these flies. There…

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DPWrkShp8: Introduction to ‘Rove Beetles’ Staphylinidae

February 22 @ 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: Roger Booth and Peter Hodge. The workshop gives an introduction to this family of beetles for those just starting to look at Staphylinidae. The morning session concentrates on separating subfamilies then in the afternoon goes on to tackle the identification of some of the more difficult groups. Although Rove Beetles are generally considered difficult to identify, this series of workshops has enabled many coleopterists to tackle them for the first time and with new RES Handbooks published by the…

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March 2020

NHMWrkShp9: An introduction to Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)

March 7 @ 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: Peter Hodge and Roger Booth. This workshop will provide an introduction to the natural history of the fourth biggest group of beetles found in Britain. The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in these striking and numerous beautiful beetles’ identification. We will begin with an illustrated talk on leaf beetles followed by a practical identification session of specimens. These beetles are ecologically important and valuable for habitat assessment. Please feel free to bring your own specimens to…

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DPWrkShp10: Introduction to ‘Craneflies’ (Tipulidae) identification

March 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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Trainer: Pete Boardman. This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to the natural history of craneflies or daddy long-legs. The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in their identification, ecology and curation of specimens. 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. & Kramer, J – 2016a – 2016k. Please download these…

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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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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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