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Wildlife Training Workshops

May 14, 2019

Advance notification of some Wildlife Training Workshops coming up later this year.

Back by popular demand is “An Introduction to Spiders” with Dr Geoff Oxford on Friday 27 September 2019 and

“How to build an insect reference collection” with Adrian Dutton on Friday 29 November 2019.

Both courses will be run from Moorends Miners Welfare & Community Development Centre.  The Executive have approved subsidised places but a contribution of £10 towards refreshments and lunch is requested.

Places are limited and early booking is advised.  Anyone interested should contact 

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Extra cake for anyone able to ID this little beauty, a species found on Thorne Moors.



Wildlife Training Workshops

August 26, 2018

Interested in wildlife?  Interested in recording wildlife?  Do you view arachnids as friends or foe?  Spiders are fascinating critters and can inform land managers about site condition.  They have interesting lifestyles and are worthy of closer scrutiny …. my own interest was awakened back in the last century (1999 to be precise) when I was fortunate enough to discover Yorkshire’s first ever Evarca arcuata, a delightful salticid or jumping spider, a wetland cousin of the black and white zebra spider you might find on your kitchen or bathroom tiles.  Click on the link above to see the northern most dot on the national map.  If I can find a county first then what awaits new recruits to the discipline?

What about Dung Beetles?  Do you see them as dirty or delightful?  Just imagine life without them … (maybe not … ).  They are one of many essential recyclers of nutrients be it of animal or plant material requiring attention.

Join us on Friday 28 September for An introduction to Spiders with Geoff Oxford, co-author of Britain’s Spiders A field guide

On Friday 26 October we are looking at Dung Beetles with Adrian Dutton.

For more information and to book a place (limited places) contact

Copies of the new guide will be available to purchase at a special price, microscopes will also be available to use but please bring your own hand lens if you have one and also live specimens as you will be shown how to make a spi-pot (which renders the spider motionless but not harmed).

These courses are offered free to recorders in the Humberhead Levels who feed in data to the Forum and local people and members of the public keen to gain an understanding of these invertebrates.  Nominal charge to defray cost of refreshments and light buffet lunch.

More details about the Introduction to Dung Beetles will be posted nearer the date.

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