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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December 2017

Light-trapped insects – going beyond the moths

9 December 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS HQ, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Reading, The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst
Reading, Berkshire RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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Free

Light traps are most widely used for attracting moths, but a wide range of other insects come to light as well, including craneflies, caddisflies, beetles (especially dung, ground, water and burying beetles), water bugs, lacewings and wasps. By learning to recognise at least a few of these other insects moth-trappers can make significant contributions to the recording schemes for other groups. This workshop will focus on the non-moth species that are most frequently seen in and around moth traps, providing…

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January 2018

iRecord and Pantheon – insect recording and habitat analysis

January 23 @ 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

February 16 - February 18
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

Soldierflies and allies – identification workshop

March 10 @ 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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An introduction to flies

March 24 @ 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

UPDATED: This workshop was due to take place on Sat 3 March, but had to be postponed due to the snowy conditions. We hope to run it on Sat 24 March instead - if you had previously booked you should hear direct from Sussex Wildlife Trust. 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…

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April 2018

Spring Moths for Beginners

April 28 @ 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

May 4 - May 7
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

May 12 @ 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

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

FSC course participants studying flower meadow insects 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…

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June 2018

Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

June 23
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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Learn to love flies

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS HQ, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Reading, The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst
Reading, Berkshire RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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£5

If you’re interested in flies but never felt ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are (or could be!) fascinated by flies but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of flies and the art telling one type of fly from another. Come and see different types of live British flies Learn some of their names Learn how to tell a…

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Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

June 30 @ 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

July 7 @ 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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Field identification of flies

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
BENHS HQ, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Reading, The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst
Reading, Berkshire RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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£5

This course will look at different types of fly and how to identify a select few distinctive species in the field. On this course you will be: introduced to fly ecology shown how to identify distinctive species and groups shown how to use a pooter and hand lens to look closely at living specimens practice identification techniques shown how to get help with identification of flies introduced to submitting fly records and the recording schemes of the Dipterists Forum There…

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Introduction to Butterflies in the Chilterns

July 14
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

July 20 - July 23
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

July 25
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

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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