Previous events

Learn to Love Spiders

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
If you’re interested in spiders but never felt ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by spiders but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of spiders and the art of telling one spider from another. We will be looking at live specimens of different types of British spiders in the classroom, learning some of their names and how to tell some of them apart. There will be some fascinating talks by local spider experts and you can find out what to do if you want to take your interest further. This is a free event, but places are limited, so book soon.

NPMS Survey Techniques

Thursday, April 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 Slapton Ley, 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, April 15, 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 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

Thursday, April 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.

Soil Mesofauna: a four-day course on ecology and identification

Friday, March 27, 2015 to Monday, March 30, 2015
This four-day course will give you an overview of soil ecology, provide you with skills and experience in identifying soil organisms to various taxonomic levels, and provide you with the information you need to collect, examine, identify and record soil organisms. In particular the course concentrates on Springtails (Collembola) and Soil Mites (Acari), but the entire soil fauna is introduced and attendees have some latitude to pursue what interests them most.

Earthworm Society of Britain Field Meeting

Saturday, March 21, 2015 to Sunday, March 22, 2015
Field-based earthworm sampling of a range of sites and habitats plus lab-based identification. Experienced recorders will be on hand to provide training and guidance to anyone new to earthworm recording. The aim of the day is to introduce the method for sampling for the National Earthworm Recording Scheme. Attendees are welcome to bring earthworms from their own gardens or other places and we will happily help with identification. Upon completion of the course attendees will be added to the list of recorders for the National Earthworm Recording Scheme.

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