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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 Animalscouncil.org/animalsNEWNEWNEWDiscounts 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

Introduction to BumblebeesPM. O. 23 Jun. Sat. Non-residential. £30This bumblebee identification day coursewill be field-based. Bees will be caughtand studied in the field to enable correctidentification, where possible, and thenreleased. To start the day a presentationwill be given to introduce the genus andtheir ecology. Ian Cheeseboroughis aself-employed entomologist. He has beenstudying aculeate Hymenoptera (bees,wasps and ants) for the past 11 years andis County Recorder for this group ofinsects.Spiders: An Introduction to their IdentificationKD. B. 29 Jun-02 Jul. Fri-Mon. £189. £142Spiders are found almost everywhere, fromour houses to the tops of our highestmountains. They remain undiscovered bymost naturalists, with a reputation for beinga difficult group to identify. This shortcourse will introduce spiders, how to collectthem and how to identify them. It is aimedat people with some background inidentification of any plant or animal group.Alastair Laveryhas been interested inspiders for over 30 years, studying spidersin both Scotland and the Falkland Islands.He knows the Kindrogan area well, havingworked there in the past.Identifying AntsPM. O. 30 Jun. Sat. Non-residential. £30This short course is for anyone who wouldlike to learn about the identification andecology of these social insects. IanCheeseboroughis a self-employedentomologist. He has been studyingaculeate Hymenoptera (bees, wasps andants) for the past 11 years and is CountyRecorder for this group of insects.Invertebrate Surveying TechniquesKD. I. 02 Jul-07 Jul. Mon-Sat. £255. £191This course will provide a solid groundingin a wide variety of sampling andsurveying techniques for a wide variety ofinvertebrates. The course will be useful forboth amateur naturalists and professionalecologists looking to expand theirexperience and knowledge. It will includefield excursions to search for some of thespecial invertebrates of the region. JeffClarkeis a freelance ecologist andenvironmental educator with a lifelongpassion for the natural world. Paul Hillisa freelance ecologist and owner of BioQuip,the natural history equipment suppliers.Dragonflies and DamselfliesPM. O. 06 Jul-08 Jul. Fri-Sun. £248. £170Shropshire's freshwater habitats boast atotal of 29 different species of dragonfliesand damselflies. All are visibly stunningand fascinating to watch as they fly overponds, rivers and upland flushes.Emphasis will be on field identificationskills and appreciation of the ecology ofthese beautiful and primitive insects. IanCheeseboroughis a self-employedentomologist. He has been studyingOdonata for the past 19 years and waspreviously County Recorder for this groupof insects. Identifying LeafhoppersPM. I. 20 Jul-22 Jul . Fri-Sun. £248. £170Leafhoppers, planthoppers and froghoppersare abundant insects in a wide range ofhabitats and are increasingly used in sitequality assessment and monitoring. Nearly400 species have been recorded in Britain.This weekend course will be aimed mainly atnewcomers to this group of insects, althoughanyone with more experience is also welcome.Field visits will be made to local sites to collectspecimens for species-level identification backin the laboratory. The course will also coverthe natural history of this diverse andfascinating group of insects, as well as fieldcollection techniques, the preservation ofspecimens and general recording methods.Alan Stewartis a Senior Lecturer in ecology atthe University of Sussex and has been runningthe national recording scheme for leafhoppersand related groups since 1987. *BIDragonfliesSL. O. 20 Jul-23 Jul . Fri-Mon. £325. £215This course will give a thorough groundingin dragonflies and damselflies,concentrating on the wide range of speciesthat occurs in south Devon. Indoor andfield sessions will cover dragonfly biology,the identification of adults and larvae,conservation and habitat requirements.Dave Smallshireis a trustee of the BritishDragonfly Society, convenes its DragonflyConservation Group and co-authoredBritain's Dragonflies.Identifying Bumblebees FM. I. 27 Jul-30 Jul . Fri-Mon. £337. £240A course for countryside professionals andamateur naturalists interested in learningmore about these important and threatenedinsects. It is particularly suitable for anyoneinvolved in biological recording schemes ata local or county level. Field excursions willhelp you become familiar with the keyidentification features of the commonerspecies of bumblebee and parasitic cuckoobumblebee. Paul Leeis a freelanceconsultant specialising in invertebrateecology and conservation. *BIIntroduction to Freshwater AnimalsMT. O. 03 Aug-06 Aug. Fri-Mon. £355. £249The Malham estate has a variety of aquatichabitats, including the tarn itself, streamsand bogs which support a wide variety ofaquatic macroinvertebrates. A course forbeginners and those who want to improvetheir identification skills. It will includefield collecting techniques, preservationand curation of specimens, use ofidentification keys and information on lifehistories. Sharonand Peter Flintare bothexperienced teachers of ecology and aquaticinsect identification. Peter is Curator ofInsects at Lancaster University.Identifying BeetlesSL. O. 03 Aug-06 Aug. Fri-Mon. £325. £215One animal in four is a beetle and almosthalf a million species have been described.This course will familiarise you with beetlesthat can be collected in terrestrial habitats,using Slapton Ley National Nature Reserveas an example. It will introduce you tobeetle nomenclature, anatomy andidentification. Chris Terrell-Nieldis afellow of the Royal Entomolological Societyand Principal Lecturer and Subject Leaderat Nottingham Trent University.Identification of HoverfliesPM. I. 17 Aug-20 Aug. Fri-Mon. £334. £235This course is aimed at the novice hoverflyrecorder and will take participants throughall aspects of hoverfly identification using amixture of set material, field collection andpowerpoint presentations. It has been acourse that has been successfully run for anumber of Wildlife Trusts and NaturalHistory Societies and is designed to makesure that participants depart with acomprehensive understanding of hoverflytaxonomy and biology. Stuart BallandRoger Morrisjointly run the HoverflyRecording Scheme and are activelyinvolved in many aspects of BritishDipterology. *BIIdentifying SpidersKD. I. 18 Aug-25 Aug. Sat-Sat. £475. £356Through a mixture of talks, lab sessions andfieldwork you will learn how to findspiders in their habitats, identify themreliably and understand their role in theecosystem. Guidance will be provided forthose interested in becoming involved inspider recording and there will beopportunities to discuss their conservation.Mike Davidsonis an amateur naturalistNEWNEWNEW22*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 HoverflyPete Boardman