Previous events

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.

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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