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April 2019

British Myriapod and Isopod Group (BMIG) – Annual field meeting

April 25 - April 28
The Bruce Hotel,
Newton Stewart, Scotland, DG8 6JL United Kingdom
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BMIG’s annual field meeting will be in South-west Scotland, based at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart DG8 6JL. The usual mix of fieldwork in the daytime and evenings with informal talks, workshops, chat and a brief AGM. Anyone interested in attending, if only dropping in for a day in the field or for an evening, would be welcome. There is more information on the BMIG website http://www.bmig.org.uk/panel/announce_asc/meetings . Contact Paul Harding  pha@ceh.ac.uk  or 01954 267218.

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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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

April 28
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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May 2019

Dipterists Forum meeting

May 1 - May 31

Long weekend spring meeting – watch Dipterists Forum website for precise date and further details – BENHS members welcome.

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Beale Park Bioblitz – Joint meeting with the Berkshire Moth Group , Pangbourne, BERKSHIRE. MV

May 1 - May 31
Beale Park,
Pangbourne,
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Date not fixed yet – May onwards. Contact Ian Sims – ian.sims@syngenta.com Aim: An overnight meeting from Saturday to Sunday to record Lepidoptera and other orders. Meet time – just before dusk. Confirm with Ian Sims. Meeting place: the visitor’s car park, traps running till the morning, Beale Park, Pangbourne, Berkshire. Grid reference SU 617 781, MV trapping, full vehicular access. See Ian’s reports in BJENH of previous visits to this site. Note that Beale Park has scored in the…

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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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Madrid, Spain: Ciempozuelos, Tres Cantos.

May 10 - May 11

I am very interested in being able to hold a field meeting on behalf of the BENHS in two quite distinct areas of Madrid province: Ciempozuelos (600m) in the sub-desertic Tagus valley SW of the Spanish capital, whilst Tres Cantos (720m) is NW of the city on alluvial soils amongst schlerophyllous holm oak Woodland Quercus ilex ballota  in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama. One very important aspect of this two-day-two-night field meeting is that collecting permission would need to…

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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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Halsdon Wood Devon Wildlife Trust Reserve, north Devon.

May 11

Leader Andrew Cunningham. Meet at Ashwell car park (north end of reserve SS554130) at 10 am. Bring packed lunch. Joint meeting with the Devon Fly Group, the entomological section of the Devonshire Association and Dorset Wildlife Trust. BENHS members welcome. Contact Andrew Cunningham ajc321@hotmail.com for further details and to join the Devon Fly Group. With thanks to Martin Drake.

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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

May 12
BENHS Headquarters,
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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