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Invertebrate Challenge

The project aims to increase the numbers of invertebrate recorders in the Shropshire area and to raise the profile of the role of invertebrates as indicators of healthy bio-diverse habitats.

Our aims are:
  • To develop volunteer invertebrate recorders who are knowledgeable and confident to accurately record invertebrates
  • To increase the numbers of invertebrate recorders in Shropshire and the surrounding area
  • To raise the profile of the role of invertebrates as indicators of healthy bio-divers

 Update Spring 2014

  • Invertebrate Challenge has worked with 55 people to dramatically increase their entomological skills in difficult taxa
  • Training and mentoring has led to at least nine new Shropshire County Recorders and many thousands of records
  • 5 x Shropshire distribution atlases are due to be published before the end of the project (shieldbugs – published, craneflies and aculeate hymenoptera – imminent, micro-moths – late summer, long-horned beetles – early winter)
  • A shieldbug app is being developed for release this summer with FSC Publications and the national recorder
  • Invertebrate Challenge volunteers are currently carrying out an invertebrate survey of the Rea Brook Valley in Shrewsbury to demonstrate the skills they have acquired over the past 3 years. A report will be given to the site owners at the end of the project listing the species identified at the site.
  • Invertebrate Challengehas produced eight editions of the Shropshire Entomology Newsletter and a number of other resources which can be accessed here http://www.invertebrate-challenge.org.uk/newsletters-and-resources.aspx