List of forthcoming training courses  and presentations.

Lots more excellent training courses are available from the Field Studies Council, and for more formal training in biological recording see Manchester Metropolitan University.

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August 2018

Entomology – Techniques to Find and Identify Insects

August 20 - August 23
FSC Slapton Ley TQ7 2QP United Kingdom + Google Map
£260 – £390

Rose Chafer on the Devon coast Insects are fascinating creatures: many are attractive, and have fascinating life histories and behaviour. They also play important roles in ecosystems, for example in pollinating plants and providing food for birds, making the decline of many insect species a cause for concern. Slapton is an ideal location for seeing and learning about insects. The wide variety of habitats – woodland, reedbed, maritime grassland and coastal cliffs – will allow us to study a range…

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Site Assessment Using Invertebrates

August 31 - September 3
FSC Preston Montford, Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge
Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX United Kingdom
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A course designed to help students develop higher level skills in the interpretation of invertebrate survey data. The role of standardised sampling protocols will be explored through fieldwork and through team work a set of accurate species determinations will be obtained. for analysis and interpretation. Analysis by a variety of different techniques (including species richness, Wetscore, SQI, and PANTHEON including ISIS) will be discussed to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each technique. The relevance of population size, indicator species,…

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December 2018

Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope

December 1
FSC Epping Forest IG10 4AF United Kingdom + Google Map
£45

Hoverflies, horseflies, houseflies, fruit flies, soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies, greenbottles, mosquitoes and more: flies are all around us, but are often overlooked or even actively discouraged. In fact the true flies, or Diptera, are one of the most species-rich orders of insect in the UK, with over 7,000 species to choose from. This day course will provide an introduction to the Diptera, getting familiar with some of the major families and with a focus on some of the larger and more…

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