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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July 2016

An Introduction to Moths and Butterflies

28 July 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 31 July 2016 @ 4:00 pm
FSC Slapton Ley TQ7 2QP United Kingdom + Google Map
£250 – £380

Slapton is an ideal location for the study of butterflies and moths. The wide variety of habitats – woodland, reedbed, maritime grassland and coastal cliffs – will allow us to see some of the most attractive moths and butterflies in a range of beautiful locations. This course will appeal to anyone wishing to know more about them, and will cover how to identify the different species, their varied life-cycles and natural history, and how to help record and conserve them.

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May 2017

An Introduction to Micro-moths

6 May 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sussex Wildlife Trust: Woods Mill, Classroom, Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9SD United Kingdom + Google Map
£30 – £42

This course provides an introduction to micro-moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. Although small, many micro-moths are brightly coloured and distinctive, while others are less easy to identify. This course will help you sort out the different groups, and learn how to find and record them. The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in moths, especially if you’ve already got an interest in the larger moths and are interested in tackling the smaller species, many of which…

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BENHS at Sussex: Collecting and Recording Insects

6 May 2017 @ 10:00 am - 7 May 2017 @ 3:30 pm
University of Sussex, Brighton United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

I'm leading a session on insect recording (on Sunday 7 May) as part of this weekend-long event organised by BENHS and Sussex University. The event is aimed primarily at student and young entomologists who would like to extend their entomological interests and knowledge, but also more experienced entomologists who are prepared to pass on some of their specialist knowledge to others. Those attending will have the opportunity to collect and identify insects on the university campus and surrounding area, contribute…

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Talk: Marvellous Moths

8 May 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St Mary’s Church Rooms, CHESHAM, Upper Room, St Mary's Church Rooms, Church Street CHESHAM Buckinghamshire HP5 1EZ United Kingdom + Google Map
£1 – £3

Moths: contrary to popular opinion, they are fascinating creatures, often brightly coloured, and they won't eat your clothes (with a very few exceptions)! Come to this talk at Chesham and District Natural History Society to find out more.

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Developing your Skills in Entomology

26 May 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 28 May 2017 @ 4:00 pm
FSC Juniper Hall RH5 6DA United Kingdom + Google Map
£180 – £240

Learn about insects - how to find them, how to identify them, what they can tell us about habitats. Includes visits to Surrey Wildlife Trust nature reserves. Book your place via FSC.

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June 2017

Focus in on Micro-Moths of Epping Forest

3 June 2017 @ 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Epping Forest IG10 4AF United Kingdom + Google Map
£35

This one day course provides an introduction to micro-moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. This course will help you sort out the different groups, and learn how to find and record them. This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in moths.

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Soldierflies and allies study day

18 June 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PW United Kingdom
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£30

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. Along with the hoverflies they provide an ideal starting point for the study of Diptera (the True Flies), with good identification keys available in well-illustrated books. This day course includes a morning at the Lye Valley SSSI near Headington,…

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Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

24 June 2017 @ 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA United Kingdom + Google Map
£35

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. 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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July 2017

Introduction to moths

1 July 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course provides an introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. Many moths are brightly coloured and distinctive, while others are less easy to identify. This course will help you sort out the different families and groups, and learn how to find and record them. We will demonstrate moth traps, and look for day-active species. Course for BBOWT "Develop Your Skills" series. Please contact BBOWT for details.

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Introduction to Butterflies in the Chilterns

15 July 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Introduction to London’s Butterflies

22 July 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Bushy Park, The Stockyard, Bushy Park
London, United Kingdom
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£37

Butterflies are beautiful and fascinating creatures, and good indicators of the health of the environment. Around 30 species are resident in London, with others turning up as occasional migrants. This course provides an introduction to butterfly natural history, identification and conservation, using a mix of indoor activities and presentations, plus fieldwork observing butterflies in the varied habitats at Bushy Park.

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September 2017

Introduction to Autumn Moths

16 September 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm
FSC Amersham HP7 0QR United Kingdom + Google Map
£37

Autumn is the season when some very attractive moths are flying, some of which have beautiful colours to match the falling leaves. This one-day course provides an introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. The afternoon will be a mix of presentations and activities (classroom and field-based) whilst the evening session will be spent moth-trapping around the Centre as darkness falls. NOTE TIMES: 2pm–10.30pm

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October 2017

Pantheon workshop

1 October 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Preston Montford, Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge
Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX United Kingdom
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A workshop arranged for the Shropshire Spider Group by the Tomorrow's Biodiversity project. Pantheon (www.brc.ac.uk/pantheon) is an analytical tool developed by Natural England and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) to enable invertebrate species to be linked to the habitats and resources that they require. (Free for members of Shropshire Spider Group, contact the organisers to see if additional places are available.)

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December 2017

Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope

2 December 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
FSC Epping Forest IG10 4AF United Kingdom + Google Map
£39

Hoverflies, houseflies, fruit flies, soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies, and more: flies are all around us, but are often overlooked or even actively discouraged. This course will provide an introduction to identifying Diptera, using photos, specimens and microscopes to explore different fly families and learn how to recognise them.

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