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The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Upcoming Events

November 2018

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

November 25
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December 2018

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

December 9
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January 2019

An introduction to Leafhoppers and allied groups

12th January 2019

Alan Stewart (Sussex), Tristan Bantock (London). This workshop will provide an introduction to the natural history of leafhoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers and treehoppers (Auchenorrhyncha). The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in recording this group of insects. After a short presentation on the main diagnostic characters used to identify these insects, participants will be able to work through their own material or specimens made available on the day and have their identifications verified. There will be plenty of opportunities…

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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

13th January 2019
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

27th January 2019
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February 2019

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

10th February 2019
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

24th February 2019
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March 2019

Introduction to ‘Craneflies’ (Tipulidae)

2nd March 2019

Pete Boardman (Bridgnorth). This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to the natural history of cranflies or daddy long-legs. The aim of the workshop is to increase confidence in there 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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Introduction to ‘Rove Beetles’ Staphylinidae

9th March 2019

Roger Booth (NHM) & Peter Hodge (Lewes). 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…

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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

10th March 2019
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Tachinidae identification workshop

16th March 2019

Matt Smith (Winnersh) and Chris Raper (Reading). An introduction to the ‘Parasitic flies’ which by their habits, numbers and often striking colouration and shape makes these members of the Diptera an interesting group to find out more about. On the day you will be introduced 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…

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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

24th March 2019
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April 2019

Sawfly identification workshop

6th April 2019

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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

14th April 2019
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

28th April 2019
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May 2019

‘Nature Sketching’ or observational field drawing workshop

11th May 2019

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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

12th May 2019
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

26th May 2019
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June 2019

An introduction to Spiders (Araneae)

8th June 2019

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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

9th June 2019
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

23rd June 2019
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