Upcoming events

Shropshire springtail 'square bashing' weekend

Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017
Missing quadrants in Shropshire

Come and help 'turn Shropshire pink'! Our Springtail Atlas project has been running for nearly two years and has been hugely successful - and nationally unique. However, we would love to have springtail records from every quadrant (5km square) in Shropshire before Ento Day on 10th December.

Both Saturday and Sunday will follow the same format - we will meet at 9.30am at FSC Preston Montford, then travel in the minibus to various unrecorded 5km squares which we will sample for springtails. We will return to the field centre for lunch (a simple sandwich lunch will be provided) and then spend the afternoon sorting the samples and identifying the springtails. The lab work will cater for all abilities - choose whetehr to help sort the sprigntails from the non-springtails, identify the springtails to family level using a low power microscope, or have a go at species level identification using a high powered microscope. No formal ID training will be given but microscopes, keys and support will be on hand to help you out! The day will end at 4pm.

You are welcome to attend one or both days. There is no charge but booking is essential as we need to know numbers for lunch.  Please email Charlie Bell  if you'd like to come along.

Centipedes and Millipedes

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Preston Montford, Shropshire

In this introduction to the identification of UK centipedes & millipedes you will learn the techniques of identification for the frequently met, but usually ignored creatures. Learn about their fascinating ecology and diversity here in the UK.

This course is offered at a reduced rate of £30 thanks to support from the FSC Tomorrow's Biodiversity project.

Open lab/invertebrate collections day

Thursday, November 30, 2017

An informal day for the Shropshire Invetebrate Group (and friends) to work on their invertebrate ID skills, and/or catalogue and maintain the Preston Montford invertebrate collections. A classroom and microscopes will be available, with support (although no formal teaching) from FSC Biodiversity staff.

All are welcome anytime between 10am and 4pm. Please email Charlie Bell if you think you might come along.

Shropshire Ento Day 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ento Day 2017 is the 8th annual Shropshire Entomology Day. We are hosted by Preston Montford Field Centre (Field Studies Council).

The programme for the day is yet to be finalised but there will be a mix of presentations such as moths, crickets, pseudoscorpions, mapping for entomologist, leaf beetles, new projects.

Attendees are free to bring displays, specimens, photographs, posters – in fact anything invertebrate related that you think may be of interest to others.  The FSC Biodiversity Library and collections will be available to peruse.

The event is subsidised by the FSC Tomorrow's Biodiversity Project enabling us to reduce the true cost to attendees. The £6 attendance fee includes tea & coffee, lunch and afternoon cake.

Registration and coffee from 10 am for a 10:30 am start. The event will conclude by 4 pm.