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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Field Identification of Craneflies at Rixton Claypits

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:30 to 16:00

Tutored by Natural England's Pete Boardman, this workshop will introduce you to the identification of live craneflies in the field at Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve.

This workshop will involve some light walking as we look for craneflies in different areas of the site.

Pete Boardman is an entomologist and ecologist whose specialisms include tipulids (craneflies). He managed a succession of Field Studies Councils projects delivering training in ID and survey skills at all levels from beginner to expert, latterly concentrating on the ‘uncharismatic’ groups including soil fauna.

Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch and appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.

Please use the free carpark at SJ68779024 and meet us in the visitor centre at SJ68629015

If you're interested in this workshop, please note we're complementing it with another cranefly focused day on 3rd November 2018 at the World Museum, introducing you to identification of some of the more difficult species using microscopes and dichotomous keys.

Cost details

Free but booking required

Register in Advance

To attend this event please register in advance.

Did you know?


'Thanatosis' is the scientific term for pretending to be dead, which is how many insects hide from predators.

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