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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January 2018

iRecord and Pantheon – insect recording and habitat analysis

23 January 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street
Liverpool, L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

This workshop focuses on iRecord and Pantheon, two online resources that can help you record and interpret your observations of insects and other invertebrates. To fully participate in this workshop you will need a computer that is connected to the internet. Please bring your own laptop if you can. A free workshop as part of the Tanyptera Trust project at World Museum Liverpool.

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February 2018

Dipterists Forum Workshop

16 February 2018 - 18 February 2018
FSC Preston Montford, Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge
Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX United Kingdom
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£210 - £290

This is the annual workshop meeting for Dipterists Forum at Preston Montford FSC, Shropshire. This year soldierflies and allies are one of the groups being covered. "This advanced workshop tackles two Diptera groups, Anthomyiidae (flower flies) and some of the larger Brachycera (soldierflies and allies). The larger Brachycera include many charismatic species popular with recorders but, despite their large size and colourful appearance, not all are easy to identify. The more tricky species, for example among horseflies, robber-flies and stiletto-flies,…

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March 2018

An introduction to flies

3 March 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sussex Wildlife Trust: Woods Mill, Classroom, Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9SD United Kingdom + Google Map
£32 - £45

Hoverflies, houseflies, fruit flies, soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies, and more: flies are all around us, but are often overlooked or even actively discouraged. Using photos, specimens, keys and microscopes we will explore the incredible world of the Diptera. This course will provide an introduction to fly families and how to identify them.

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Soldierflies and allies – identification workshop

10 March 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street
Liverpool, L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Free

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. On this day course you’ll get the chance to learn about the natural history of the group, and with the use of microscopes and museum specimens you’ll be able to develop your identifiation skills for this group. You will…

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April 2018

Spring Moths for Beginners

28 April 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm
FSC Epping Forest IG10 4AF United Kingdom + Google Map
£43

This one day course provides an introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. There is a good range of species to be found in spring, allowing you to get familiar with the main groups and learn about how to find and identify them before the busy summer season takes off. Note the 2pm start time, and the late finish that will allow us to run light-traps to attract moths among the ancient trees of Epping Forest. Lesser Swallow…

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May 2018

Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological Recording

4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
FSC Preston Montford, Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge
Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX United Kingdom
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£270 - £390

This course is designed for anyone interested in the amazing diversity of invertebrate life found in terrestrial habitats. It is suitable for both countryside professionals and amateur naturalists. Field excursions will introduce a variety of collecting and surveying techniques appropriate to a range of habitats. These will be complemented by workshop sessions back at the Centre, helping you to identify specimens to the correct taxonomic group and, where appropriate, to species level. Illustrated talks will provide an insight into the…

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Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

12 May 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Bishops Wood, Crossway Green
Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9SE United Kingdom
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£40

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining, and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them.

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Developing your Skills in Entomology

25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
FSC Juniper Hall RH5 6DA United Kingdom + Google Map
£180 - £240

Insects are fascinating creatures: many are attractive, and have amazing 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. Using a mix of field work, microscopes and identification keys this course will explore the huge variety of insects. We’ll help you find and identify insects, and explore their ecology and conservation. We’ll aim to identify everything we…

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June 2018

Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

23 June 2018
FSC Amersham HP7 0QR United Kingdom + Google Map
£37

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants and find out how to play your part in conserving them.

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Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

30 June 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Bushy Park, The Stockyard, Bushy Park
London, United Kingdom
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£45

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining, and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them. This course introduces a range of pollinating insects, including the variety of different…

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July 2018

Get To Know Butterflies and Moths

7 July 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Bishops Wood, Crossway Green
Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9SE United Kingdom
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£40

Butterflies and moths are beautiful and fascinating creatures, and good indicators of the health of the environment. This course provides an introduction to butterfly and moth natural history, identification and conservation, using a mix of indoor activities and presentations, plus field work in the varied habitats at Bishops Wood. The course will help you understand how butterflies and moths use their habitats, and how you can find and identify them. We will also look at the opportunities for conserving these…

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Introduction to Butterflies in the Chilterns

14 July 2018
FSC Amersham HP7 0QR United Kingdom + Google Map
£37

A wide variety of butterfly species can be found in the attractive grasslands and woodlands of the Chilterns. We will help you recognise the different species, learn how they depend on their habitats, and find out how you can help conserve them. Using a mix of indoor activities, presentations and fieldwork in the varied habitats at our Amersham Centre we'll help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to enjoy watching and recording butterflies.

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Identifying Difficult Invertebrates

20 July 2018 - 23 July 2018
FSC Preston Montford, Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge
Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX United Kingdom
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This invertebrate identification course is designed to help students develop higher level skills in the identification of invertebrate species. Sampling techniques will be discussed but the main emphasis will be on the collection, preparation, identification and curation of invertebrate specimens. Participants will be expected to select a suitable taxonomic group in which they will start to specialise by building up a reference collection of specimens. This course can be taken as part of the MSc Biological Recording jointly with Manchester…

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Butterflies and pollinators at Sheepdrove Organic Farm

25 July 2018
Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Sheepdrove Road
Lambourn, United Kingdom
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Details to be announced.

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August 2018

Entomology – Techniques to Find and Identify Insects

20 August 2018 - 23 August 2018
FSC Slapton Ley TQ7 2QP United Kingdom + Google Map
£260 - £390

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 of species, from habitat specialists to…

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Site Assessment Using Invertebrates

31 August 2018 - 3 September 2018
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

1 December 2018
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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