Introduction to Identifying and Recording Freshwater Invertebrates and Adult Riverflies - 10th August 2019 10-4pm
This workshop aims to introduce the participant to both the adult and juvenile life stages of aquatic insects; by finding them in their larval, aquatic, habitats and in their adult, terrestrial, ones; using a range of field techniques. Live adults of some of the Riverflies will be identified, their life histories, ecology and conservation explored, through presentations, field and laboratory training.
The aquatic invertebrates found in a range of habitats, including streams, ponds and ditches will be sampled using pond nets. Participants will be taught how to sample aquatic habitats and identify aquatic invertebrates in the field and in the laboratory. Light trapping and sweep sampling will be used to look for adult Riverflies. There will be the opportunity to use microscopes and a range of identification guides including species level taxonomic keys. There will also be an opportunity to use the new guide to Adult Caddisflies, which the tutors are involved in developing and testing.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with the major taxonomic groups found in a range of freshwater habitats, be able to, effectively sample for them in a range of habitats, recognise some of them in the field and in the laboratory using identification keys. In addition, the more distinctive adults of Riverflies will be able to be recognised and recorded.
Workshop tutors are Sharon & Peter Flint FRES both entomologists and ecologists specialising in aquatic invertebrates.
Accommodation is not included but if required it is available within the local area, some suggestions can be found on our 'local accommodation' page - please arrange this yourself. Refreshments are provided on the day but not lunches.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.