Previous events

Dissection techniques for moth ID verification

Saturday, November 28, 2015 to Sunday, November 29, 2015
We are working with Dave Grundy to provide a couple of two-day residential courses in dissection techniques for moth identification for verification of critical species. There is a demand for these kinds of 'high-level' skills but fewer and fewer people with them. Tom.bio is subsidising these courses by reducing fees to participants. This two-day residential technical course is available and a bargain-price of £90 including residential fees and £60 non-residential. You will not find a better value residential course than that! Places are limited to six per course, so book quickly!

Soil Mesofauna Refresher Day

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Join Matthew Shepherd, Natural England Soil Scientist, at Yarner's Wood Nature Reserve in Devon for a day of identifying springtails and mites and re-honing your ID skills. There will be some new resources on offer (a new mite key), and experts to share ID tricks and tips. Microscopes and samples will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own samples or even collect some from the reserve. Although this is primarily a refresher day new faces are also welcome, for whom this should serve as an introductory session

Sphagnum Microscopy Workshop

Saturday, November 14, 2015
We are working with the British Bryological Society to deliver a one-day workshop is aimed at the improver who would like to move beyond field identification to use the additional identification features available using a microscope.

NPMS Online data entry workshop

Friday, October 30, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Preston Montford, will guide you through the NPMS online data entry process and provide you with time to enter your own data with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator. Please bring a laptop if you have one (we can supply one if not) and your survey data for this year.

Using Microscopes for Spider Identification

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Although many spiders can be identified and recorded in the field, those wishing to record spiders soon realise that there are limitations to this technique and that many species – some of them very common – cannot be confidently separated from similar looking species without taking a much closer look. Those who want to overcome these limitations are ready to start learning the techniques of identifying preserved specimens under a microscope. This course takes people on the first steps of that journey.

NPMS Online data entry workshop

Monday, October 26, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Juniper Court, will guide you through the NPMS online data entry process and provide you with time to enter your own data with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator. Please bring a laptop if you have one (we can supply one if not) and your survey data for this year.

NPMS Online data entry workshop

Friday, October 16, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Nettlecombe Court, will guide you through the NPMS online data entry process and provide you with time to enter your own data with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator. Please bring a laptop if you have one (we can supply one if not) and your survey data for this year.

NPMS Online data entry workshop

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Margam Discovery Centre, will guide you through the NPMS online data entry process and provide you with time to enter your own data with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator. Please bring a laptop if you have one (we can supply one if not) and your survey data for this year.

Advanced Spider Identification

Friday, October 9, 2015
This day will focus on using microscopes and advanced microscopy techniques such as the clearing of specimens to identify tricky species. Although focussing on spiders, we welcome attendance by people studying other hard-bodied invertebrates as many of the techniques discussed will be applicable to them. For more details and booking please email Rich Burkmar .

Shropshire Spider Group field meeting

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Join the Shropshire Spider Group for a field visit to Great Orme, Llandudno, to identify spiders in the field and collect specimens for identification using microscopes. Non-SSG members welcome. For more details and booking please email Rich Burkmar .

Field Identification of Spiders & Harvestmen

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Many spiders and harvestmen can be identified and recorded in the field, with the aid a simple piece of kit called a spi-pot, before being released again. There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying spiders and harvestmen in the field. We will collect live spiders and harvestmen around the grounds of Preston Montford and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them. We will talk about how you can get help with spider identification and submitting records.

QGIS: a 2½ day course for ecologists & biological recorders

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Friday, August 28, 2015
We explore, in some depth, options for obtaining and displaying basemap data (e.g. Ordnance Survey basemaps and Google & Bing aerial imagery), accessing other free value-added data, e.g. via web services, capturing spatial data including that generate by GPS smart-phone apps or hand-held GPS, registering and manipulating raster data, and producing maps for reports or for display on the web. We will also explore the advanced use of the FSC Tom.bio Productivity Tools plugin for QGIS and introduce various methods of data synthesis, display and analysis.

NPMS Survey Techniques

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Orielton, will guide you through the NPMS survey methodology and plot selection protocol, and allow you to practice a mock survey with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator.

Shropshire Earthworm Blitz

Saturday, August 1, 2015 to Sunday, August 2, 2015
This is a weekend field event following up on the very successful Earthworm Society of Britain field meeting which took place at Preston Montford and Powis Castle in March 2015. We will visit a number of Shropshire sites and carry out Earthworm sampling. The aim will be to go to as many sites as we can and do as much sampling as possible. Then on Sunday we will identify the worms in a lab at Preston Montford. This is an ideal opportunity for people who came on the earlier ESB field event to consolidate their learning. But it is also open to new recorders who we will pair up with a more experienced surveyor

NPMS Survey Techniques

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Juniper Hall, will guide you through the NPMS survey methodology and plot selection protocol, and allow you to practice a mock survey with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator.

NPMS Survey Techniques

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Epping Forest, will guide you through the NPMS survey methodology and plot selection protocol, and allow you to practice a mock survey with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator.

Spiders in the Gorge

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Habitats within the Severn Gorge landscape are incredibly important for a wide range of spiders. This workshop, run by Nigel Cane-Honeysett of the Shropshire Spider Group, introduces you to spiders and spider identification within the environment of the Severn Gorge. Outdoors, in local habitats, you will use a variety of simple techniques to temporarily capture these fun-loving creatures for identification. Indoors, you shall attempt to identify to species level using preserved specimens under a microscope in the classroom using the Collins Field Guide to Spiders. This is a Severn Gorge Conservation Trust event supported by the Shropshire Spider Group.

NPMS Survey Techniques

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, will guide you through the NPMS survey methodology and plot selection protocol, and allow you to practice a mock survey with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator.

Invertebrate Challenge 2015 legacy events

Monday, June 1, 2015 to Tuesday, July 28, 2015
There are some top-value ID courses running in Shropshire this summer. This is a series of legacy events running under the banner of the FSC Invertebrate Challenge project that Pete Boardman managed. Pete will be leading a couple of Cranefly training days and the other expert tutors are Ian Cheeseborough (bees, wasps and ants), Nigel Jones (hoverflies and other diptera) and Don Stenhouse (Beetles).

QGIS: an introductory course for biological recorders

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of GIS and using QGIS as a tool to explore biological records. We will cover topics like obtaining and displaying basemap data (e.g. Ordnance Survey basemaps and Google & Bing aerial imagery), capturing spatial data, loading data from GPS smart-phone apps or hand-held GPS, producing maps for reports or for display on the web. This is an additional course created because of high demand for these one-day QGIS workshops.

Field Identification of Spiders & Harvestmen

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Many spiders and harvestmen can be identified and recorded in the field, with the aid a simple piece of kit called a spi-pot, before being released again. There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying spiders and harvestmen in the field. We will collect live spiders and harvestmen around the grounds of Preston Montford and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them. We will talk about how you can get help with spider identification and submitting records.

NPMS Survey Techniques

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Flatford Mill, will guide you through the NPMS survey methodology and plot selection protocol, and allow you to practice a mock survey with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator.

NPMS Survey Techniques

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Malham, will guide you through the NPMS survey methodology and plot selection protocol, and allow you to practice a mock survey with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinat

NPMS Survey Techniques

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Tom.bio are supporting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in the delivery of several workshops over the course of 2015. This workshop, held at FSC Blencathra, will guide you through the NPMS survey methodology and plot selection protocol, and allow you to practice a mock survey with the support of the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator.

QGIS: an introductory course for biological recorders

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of GIS and using QGIS as a tool to explore biological records. We will cover topics like obtaining and displaying basemap data (e.g. Ordnance Survey basemaps and Google & Bing aerial imagery), capturing spatial data, loading data from GPS smart-phone apps or hand-held GPS, producing maps for reports or for display on the web.

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