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November 2019

DPWrkShp2: True Flies (Diptera) identification workshop to family level

November 16 @ 10:30 am - November 17 @ 4:00 pm

Trainers: John and Barbara Ismay. This special two day workshop is taught by two very experienced dipterists who are happy to share their passion for these insects and provide an opportunity to learn how to identify these fascinating creatures to family level. Did you know that they enable beetles to break down compost and that many are important pollinators? They also have very interesting behaviour. During this weekend you will learn to recognise the main characters needed to identify flies…

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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

November 24
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December 2019

DPWrkShp4: An introduction to Leafhoppers and allied groups

December 7 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Trainers: Alan Stewart and Tristan Bantock. 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

December 8
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January 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

12th January 2020
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

26th January 2020
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February 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

9th February 2020
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DPWrkShp7: An introduction to Soldierflies and allies

15th February 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

22nd February 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

23rd February 2020
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March 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

8th March 2020
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DPWrkShp10: Introduction to ‘Craneflies’ (Tipulidae) identification

21st March 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

22nd March 2020
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April 2020

Riverfly Partnership

11th April 2020

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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

12th April 2020

This Members Open Day coincides with Easter, please consult the events list for details of date changes.

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DPWrkShp12: An introduction to Sawfly identification

18th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

25th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

26th April 2020
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May 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

10th May 2020
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DPWrkShp15: Introduction to Yponomeutidae Micro Moth identification

16th May 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

6th June 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

13th June 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

14th June 2020
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July 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

12th July 2020
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September 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

13th September 2020
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

27th September 2020
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October 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

11th October 2020
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

25th October 2020
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November 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

8th November 2020
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

22nd November 2020
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December 2020

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

13th December 2020
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January 2021

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

10th January 2021
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

24th January 2021
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February 2021

MEMBERS OPEN DAY

14th February 2021
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MEMBERS OPEN DAY

28th February 2021
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