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20Butterflies and MothsSL. O. 20 Jul-23 Jul . Fri-Mon . £325. £215This course provides an introduction tomoths and butterflies including tips foridentification, field trips to good butterflyhabitats, field techniques, moth trapping atnight and plenty of chances forphotography. Ideal for the beginner or theexpert. Adrian Spaldingis a professionalecologist and has studied Lepidoptera hereand abroad for many years. Identifying Butterflies, Moths and DragonfliesFM. O. 23 Jul-26 Jul. Mon-Thu. £342. £244This popular course will be concentratingon the identification and natural history ofbutterflies, moths, dragonflies anddamselflies. Checking the light traps formoths each morning will be followed byvisits to local nature reserves, looking forday-flying species from all the groups.Richard Lewingtonis one of the UK's bestknown natural history illustrators andauthor of many field guides to British andEuropean species.Butterflies and MothsMT. O. 23 Jul-27 Jul. Mon-Fri. £480. £330The diversity of habitats around MalhamTarn: moorland, limestone grassland,deciduous woodland, fens, mosses andwetlands contribute to an interesting list ofbutterfly and moth species. The course willinclude identification and classificationskills, as well as advice on observation andrecording of Lepidoptera. David Brown,the Warwickshire County Recorder forLepidoptera and author of The Larger Mothsof Warwickshire, has lectured widely and hasled numerous FSC courses.Identifying Moths: More Difficult Macros and Micro FamiliesFM. I. 27 Jul-29 Jul . Fri-Sun. £224. £158A course for anyone who is familiar withthe commoner moth species. We will setmoth traps for live specimens and also referto a comprehensive collection of voucherspecimens. This will help you workthrough the defining features of some of themacro lookalikes, such as pugs andnoctuids (for example rustic/uncertain) andthe larger micro families, including thepyralids and tortricids. Jon Cliftonis anexperienced entomologist and proprietor ofAnglian Lepidopterist Supplies.Late Summer Butterflies and MothsPM. O. 06 Aug-10 Aug. Mon-Fri. £374. £265Develop skills in identification, trappingand methods to encourage butterflies andmoths into our gardens. Butterfly walksand light trap catches will be used as fieldobservation tools interspersed with slidetalks and identification workshops. DavidBrown, the Warwickshire County Recorderfor Lepidoptera and author of The LargerMoths of Warwickshire, has lectured widelyand has led numerous FSC courses.Highland Butterflies and MothsKD. O. 18 Aug-25 Aug. Sat-Sat. £475. £356Enjoy the butterflies and moths of thehighlands in summer. Electric observationlights will be operated to attract a widerange of moths. There will be daytime fieldvisits to a variety of habitats to observebutterflies such as the scotch argus.Illustrated talks with slides will show theScottish Red Data Book and NationallyNotable Species and their habitats. Helpwill be given on recording methods,identification and classification. DavidBrown, the Warwickshire County Recorderfor Lepidoptera and author of The LargerMoths of Warwickshire, has lectured widelyand has led numerous FSC courses.other invertebratesIdentifying Centipedes, Millipedes and WoodliceFM . I . 24 Feb-27 Feb . Fri-Mon . £337 . £240A course for anyone who would like tolearn more about these interesting groups ofinvertebrates. Field excursions to localhabitats will introduce you to a range ofcollecting techniques, followed up byidentification sessions back at the Centre.Paul Leeis a freelance ecological consultantand national organiser of the MillipedeRecording Scheme. *BIIntroduction to Diptera -a Dipterist Forum Beginners CoursePM. B. 02 Mar-04 Mar. Fri-Sun. £248. £170This course is aimed at the absolutebeginner who would like to learn moreabout how to identify flies. It is designed tohelp students with the basic principles ofidentification and recording usingpreserved material. Roger MorrisandAllan Stubbsare both well-knowndipterists and leading members ofDipterists Forum.Dolichopodidae -the Long-legged FliesPM . A . 02 Mar-04 Mar . Fri-Sun . £248 . £170Many of these flies are found in wetlandsand are excellent indicators of habitatconditions. Identification of the c.300British species does not have to bedaunting, and new keys will be presented tocomplement the standard guides. Thecourse is aimed at those with somegrounding in smaller Diptera. Thisworkshop will be led by Martin Drake,who runs the national recording scheme forthe family.Identifying Freshwater Invertebratesfor Biological Surveying and RecordingFM. O. 10 Apr-13 Apr. Tue-Fri. £362. £260This course is designed to help professionalsurveyors and amateur naturalists increasetheir understanding of the diversity ofinvertebrates that inhabit our rivers andponds. Illustrated talks and field excursionswill lead to practical collecting, preservingand identification. Assistance will be givento family or species level as appropriate.Biological indices and monitoring schemeswill also be reviewed. Adrian Chalkleyisan experienced teacher and has been theSuffolk County Recorder for freshwaterinvertebrates for over 20 years.Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological RecordingFM. I. 20 Apr-23 Apr. Fri-Mon. £337. £240A course designed for countrysideprofessionals or amateur naturalistsinterested in surveying and recording theinvertebrates of terrestrial habitats. Fieldexcursions will introduce a range ofcollecting and survey techniques andworkshop sessions will help improve youridentification skills. Paul Leeis a freelanceecological consultant specialising ininvertebrate conservation. *BIIdentifying Freshwater InvertebratesKD. O. 30 Apr-04 May. Mon-Fri. £205. £154This course introduces you to the manydifferent kinds of insects and other smallanimals in our fresh waters and is designedto help you identify what you find. Onvisits to streams and still waters you willsee these animals in their habitats, learnsomething of their life histories and collectsamples for identification. Craig Macadamis Conservation Officer for Scotland withBuglife -The Invertebrate ConservationTrust. He has been studying invertebratesfor nearly 20 years and is a recognisedBritish authority on Ephemeroptera(mayflies). NEW*Accredited courses which could count towards a qualification (see page 43).BLBlencathra .DFDale Fort . DGDerrygonnelly .EFEpping Forest .FMFlatford Mill . JHJuniper Hall .KDKindrogan .MTMalham Tarn .MAMargam .OROrielton .PMPreston Montford .RCRhyd-y-creuau .SLSlapton Ley Common bluePete BoardmanNEW

Microscopy for BeekeepersFM. O. 04 May-06 May. Fri-Sun. £224. £158This practical course explores aspects ofbeekeeping which require using low andhigh power microscope techniques. Theseinclude: looking at flower morphology inrelation to pollination; preparingmicroscope slides of honey beeexoskeletons; flower pollen; pollen loadsand honey; plus dissecting bees and lookingfor evidence of parasites. John Cowanholds the National Diploma in Beekeepingand is a past member of the ExaminationBoard of the British Beekeepers'Association. Beetle and Invertebrate IdentificationMA . O . 11 May-13 May . Fri-Sun . £230 . £157This course will cover practical aspects offinding, identifying and recording beetlesand other invertebrates. The main focuswill be on beetles, but a number of otherinvertebrate groups will also be dealt with,though in less detail. Guidance on fieldand laboratory equipment, and thetreatment of specimens will be given, alongwith literature, websites and otherresources helpful in identification. SteveBolchover has studied beetles and otherinvertebrates for several decades, and isinvolved in conservation andenvironmental issues in West Glamorgan.He is the County Recorder for Coleopterain Glamorganshire.Microscopy for BeekeepersFM. O. 11 May-13 May. Fri-Sun. £224. £158See course description 04 May-06 May.John Cowan. Introduction to BeekeepingMA. O. 18 May-20 May. Fri-Sun. £210. £143This weekend course offers an opportunityto learn about bees, beekeeping and thefascinating world of honey! The course willtake place at the Centre but participants willalso visit and work with the hives at theNational Botanic Garden of Wales and inthe Margam Country Park. All materialsand clothes are provided. A great course foranyone with an interest in bees. ChrisAdamis a local beekeeper. He designedand runs the apiary for up to a millionhoney bees at the National Botanic Gardenof Wales. Gareth Barryis a Field Teacher atthe Margam Discovery Centre. Garethgraduated with a Masters in NaturalScience from Cambridge University and hasa keen interest in bees.Identification of Ladybirds and ShieldbugsPM. I. 25 May-27 May. Fri-Sun. £248. £170This course will concentrate on the shieldbugs (Hemiptera) and ladybirds(Coleoptera), two groups readily identifiedin the field but often under-recorded byfield naturalists. Both groups can beidentified in most of their life stages andcan be found in many habitats with a bit ofprior ecological knowledge. PeteBoardmanis Invertebrate Challenge ProjectOfficer for the FSC and is a key member ofthe Shropshire entomology network. *BIIntroducing BeekeepingFM . O . 01 Jun-03 Jun . Fri-Sun . £230 . £164This practical course is for complete novicesto the craft and those wondering whether tostart keeping honeybees. We will look atthe place of bees in the natural environmentand what beekeeping has to offer as ahobby. We will consider the equipmentrequired, study what is happening in a hive,learn how to care for a small apiary anddiscover the basics of processing honey andbeeswax. By the end of the course youshould know whether the hobby interestsyou and have enough knowledge to startkeeping honeybees. Julia PigottandMartin Hoggardare both active beekeepersand enthusiastic in sharing their extensiveknowledge.Intermediate BeekeepingFM . I . 05 Jun . Tue . Non-residential . £56This one-day course covers a number ofissues which will be of interest to alreadypractising beekeepers, including theidentification and possible treatment ofdiseases and parasites and how to controlnew swarms. The course fee includes ahome-made lunch. Julia Pigottand MartinHoggardare both active beekeepers andenthusiastic in sharing their extensiveknowledge.Introducing BeekeepingFM. O. 08 Jun-10 Jun. Fri-Sun. £230. £164See course description 01 Jun-03 Jun. JuliaPigottand Martin Hoggard.Introduction to Dragonflies, Butterflies and MothsMA. O. 15 Jun-17 Jun. Fri-Sun. £230. £157This course introduces you to dragonflies,butterflies and moths, their life historiesand how to observe, capture and identifythem without harming them. We shall visitsome nearby species-rich nature reservesites to observe the day-flying species. Inthe evenings we will set live traps and luresaround Margam to reveal the unseendiversity and abundance of moths. Thecourse will also introduce ways to continueyour interest and conservation of theseinsects near to home or within your owngarden. Ian Smithis a freelance ecologicalconsultant and past dragonfly recorder forWales.Introduction to Solitary BeesPM. O. 15 Jun-17 Jun. Fri-Sun. £248. £170The aim of the course is to introduceparticipants to the more commonlyencountered solitary bees found in gardensand the wider countryside. Emphasis willbe placed on field identification but therewill be ample opportunity to study andidentify prepared specimens usingentomological keys and microscopes. IanCheeseboroughis a self-employedentemologist. He has been studyingaculeate Hymenoptera (bees, wasps andants) for the past 11 years and is CountyRecorder for this group of insects.Identifying FliesFM. O. 15 Jun-17 Jun. Fri-Sun. £224. £158Hoverflies, horseflies, houseflies, fruit flies,soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies,greenbottles, mosquitoes and more: flies areall around us, but are often overlooked oreven actively discouraged. This new courseis an introduction to the true flies -theDiptera: how they interact with theirenvironment and particularly how torecognise the major families. Throughindoor sessions and excursions to explore arange of habitats, we will try out varioustechniques for finding and studying thishugely diverse group. Martin Harveyis anentomologist and biological recorder, wholeads workshops on wildlife identificationand recording for a wide range oforganisations.Identifying Dragonflies and DamselfliesFM. I. 22 Jun-24 Jun. Fri-Sun. £240. £172This course is designed for countrysideprofessionals, amateur naturalists anduniversity students. It introduces theidentification, life history, behaviour andconservation of these beautiful andfascinating insects, covering all the Britishbreeding species and vagrants too. Adultsand nymphs may be netted for examinationthen released unharmed. Steve Chamis acoordinator of the UK Dragonfly RecordingNetwork. *BI21www.field-studies-Birds & other for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost is(see page 2)normally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre for an exact price.centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135NEWWeevilJulian Cremona