2017 Training Programme
Cold-blooded and Spineless workshops are aimed at beginners and those wishing to build on existing identification skills. These courses will allow you to refine your interests to particular groups of invertebrates, working toward identification at species level in some cases. This will also increase your ability to contribute to site monitoring and expanding our knowledge of invertebrates in the North Pennines for the future. In all cases we will offer post training support and further field practice opportunities for those registered with the WildWatch recording system.
If you have any questions about future courses, please call the AONB office on 01388 528801.
|Summary||Description||Date and time||Venue|
|Invertebrate identification for beginners with Dr Gordon Port||An introductory, one-day workshop aimed at beginners with and interest in insect recording. Learn about the anatomy of an insect and principles of classification with a spotlight surveying techniques.||Saturday, 22nd April. 10am-4pm||Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR|
|An introduction to dung beetles with Darren Mann & Ceri Watkins||With Darren Mann & Ceri Watkins from the Dung beetle UK Mapping Project (DUMP). |
This is an introductory, one-day workshop aimed at beginners. Learn about the lifecycle, ecology and conservation of these fascinating insects alongside sampling and survey methods, identification techniques, and how to submit dung beetle records. This is a precursor to a dung beetle field event in June (details tbc) and a 2-day course in September
|Saturday 6th May. 10am-5pm.||Allendale Forge Studios NE47 9BD.|
|Solitary bees with Steven Falk||This two-day workshop is led by Steven Falk, author of the new 'Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland. During indoor and outdoor sessions, participants will learn how to identify bees under the microscope and how to catch, collect, record and photograph them. £60/£50||Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 10am-4pm.||Newbiggin & District Village Hall, Teesdale, DL12 0TX
|Woodland Moths of the North Pennines with Dave Grundy||This 2-day workshop is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the special woodland moths of the North Pennines uplands. The course is mainly indoor and will include hands on ID practice. On the Saturday evening there will be an opportunity to join Dave trapping in Derwent Gorge, a National Nature Reserve. £60/£50||Saturday Ist and Sunday 2nd July. 10am-4pm||Edmundbyers Village Hall. DH8 9NL|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies with David Clarke||This one-day workshop is suitable for beginners and participants of the 2015 & 2016 workshops. Following a short talk there will be the opportunity to examine dragonflies in the hand (weather permitting) and learn how to check sex and maturity state as part of the identification process. The session will also include the use of microscopes to examine live larvae and exuviae. Free||Friday 21st July. 10am-3pm||RSPB Geltsdale, CA8 2PN|
|An introduction to spiders||Learn more about these under-appreciated invertebrates on this free event with local enthusiast, Fran Garcia. Fran will cover the lifecycle of spiders, their ecology and what to look for when identifying different species. ||Saturday 9th Sept. 10am-4pm||Allendale Forge Studios
|Dung Beetles with Darren Mann and Ceri Watkins||This 2-day course follows on from the one-day introductory workshop held in May and will include their ecology and conservation, sampling and survey methods and identification techniques including use of the microscope.£60/£50||Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September||Newbiggin Village Hall, Newbiggin in Teesdale, DL12 0TX|