BWARS Members’ Weekend 16–17th September 2023 Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Sat 16th

12:00    Doors open for general gathering & lunch.  Please bring your food as there is no café on site; tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

13:30 – 16:45    Workshops.  Booking required! Two workshops will each run twice, so that members will be able to attend both if they wish!

1)       Paola Rosa & Mike Edwards – Chrysididae.  Recent investigations into the British Chrysididae have uncovered several new species, quite apart from the very awkward Chrysis ignita group. This workshop will help you identify your own material, at least to Genus and hopefully beyond. Comparative material and appropriate key(s) will be available, but, above all, BRING ANY SPECIMENS YOU HAVE, named or unnamed. They should be on a pin and, ideally, with the jaws open and genitalia/hidden metasomal segments drawn out. The Chrysis ignita group will not be covered in this workshop, but anything else is fair game.

2)       Andrew Jarman – Myrmica.  Identifying the ant genus Myrmica and distinguishing its species.

13:30 – 16:45    Rowan Edwards will be available to give ‘Insights into your data’ and answer your data questions.

13:30 – 16:45    Id Surgery - help session to identify members' own specimens, for those not attending both workshops.

17:00    Meeting close.

Members are invited to join us for an evening meal, venue to be arranged; please book.

Sun 17th 

09:00    Doors open

09:30    AGM followed by Presentations:

Paola Rosa - A history of the British Chrysids; the surprises which lurk in Museum collections.

Richard Dawson - ISO for Dummies; introduction.

Jacob Podesta - Wood ants in an anthropogenic forest: interactions between plantation and a native woodland specialist.

Clare Boyes & Rowan Edwards - Making the most of your data.

Mike Edwards - What's in the Garden; based on Mike’s own garden in Midhurst.

Please bring your own lunch as there is no café on site; tea and coffee will be provided.

16:00    Meeting close

The event is free to members, but please book your place in advance by email to the Secretary (contact details in BWARS Newsletter and on website) by Fri 1st Sept.  

Details of meeting points etc will be sent to attendees by email prior to the event.

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