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Biological Monitoring: Plants and Pollinators (FSC)

This Residential workshop on plant-pollinator monitoring (led by Damien Hicks, Graham Stone and Pierre Ouverard) will focus on taxonomic identification, robust field survey and inference, and floral assay for pollen and nectar. We will cater for all levels of experience and all are welcome. Please feel free to use our growing image collection of UK flower visitor specimens at https://www.flickr.com/photos/132220632@N04/sets/

RESIDENT (SOLE OCCUPANCY): £325 RESIDENT (SHARED ROOM): £295 NON-RESIDENT: £225

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Friday 01 July 2016 to Monday 04 July 2016

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Fri, 01/07/2016

Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination (FSC)

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining, and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course (led by Martin Harvey) introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them.

Location:  Epping Forest 

Level: Intermediate

NON-RESIDENT: £42

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Saturday 25 June 2016

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Sat, 25/06/2016

Pollination: Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (FSC)

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining, and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course (led by Martin Harvey) introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them.

Venue: London Projects

Level: Beginners

NON-RESIDENT: £37

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Saturday 11 June 2016

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Sat, 11/06/2016

Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology (FSC)

This intermediate residential course (led by Ian Cheeseborough) will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees including nesting and foraging requirements, hosts and associated aculeate nest parasites. Introduction to the identification of genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscope workshops using keys and prepared specimens. By the end of the course participants should be more confident in identifying the more commonly encountered families and genera.

Location: Flatford Mill

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Friday 15 July 2016 to Friday 22 July 2016

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Fri, 15/07/2016

Identifying Solitary Wasps (FSC)

This short, introductory course (led by Ian Cheeseborough) is for anyone who would like to learn about the identification and ecology of solitary wasps. Time will be spent in the field observing and discussing the requirements of a variety of genera found around the Centre grounds. There will also be an opportunity to study and identify prepared specimens to species level using a variety of entomological keys.

Location:  Preston Montford 

Level: Open for Everyone

NON-RESIDENT: £35

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Sunday 26 June 2016

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Sun, 26/06/2016

Identifying Ants (FSC)

This short, introductory course (led by Ian Cheeseborough) is for anyone who would like to learn about the identification and ecology of these social insects. The day will include indoor and field sessions concentrating on the identification and ecology of the more commonly encountered species found in the Centre grounds.

Location:  Preston Montford
Level: Open for Everyone

NON-RESIDENT: £35

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Saturday 25 June

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Sat, 25/06/2016

Introduction to Solitary Bees (FSC)

An introduction to the ecology and identification of several commonly encountered genera of solitary bees. This residential course, led by Ian Cheeseborough, will include field visits to quality sites will include discussions of habitat preferences and nesting and foraging requirements. Evening presentations and the opportunity to study prepared specimens should give participants a good introduction to these fascinating insects.

Location:  Preston Montford

Level: Open for Everyone

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Friday 10 June 2016 to Sunday 12 June 2016

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Fri, 10/06/2016

Introduction to Bumblebees (FSC)

This bumblebee identification day course will be field based and led by Ian Cheeseborough. At the end of the course everyone should be able to confidently identify some of the commonly encountered species in the wider countryside and have an understanding of their ecology and conservation.

Location: Preston Montford 
Level: Open for Everyone
NON-RESIDENT: £35

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Saturday 04 June 2016

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Sat, 04/06/2016

Identifying Bumblebees: Intermediate Residential Course (FSC)

This long weekend, intermediate course (led by Paul Lee) is designed for countryside professionals and amateur naturalists interested in learning more about these important and threatened insects. It is particularly suitable for anyone involved in biological recording schemes at a local or county level. Field excursions will enable you to become fully familiar with the key identification features of the more common species of bumblebee, as well as several species of parasitic cuckoo bumblebee. This will then help you recognise the rarer species.

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Friday 20 May 2016 to Monday 23 May 2016

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Fri, 20/05/2016

An introduction to Eumenid and Social wasps (BENHS)

A BENHS beginners day led by Mike Edwards (Midhurst). The day will start with an illustrated discussion of the natural history and morphology of these wasps and then move to the microscopes for identification; using specimens held at Dinton Pastures, but also anything brought along by participants. This is a chance to gain an understanding of these cosmopolitan wasps and to start getting to grips with the main taxonomic features. RES have recently published (2014) - The Vespoid Wasps Vol. 6 Part 6 M.E. Archer; bringing a copy would be advantageous.

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9th April 2016

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Sat, 09/04/2016

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