- Start Date: Wednesday 01 June 2011
- Finish Date: Wednesday 31 December 2014
- External Website: http://www.invertebrate-challenge.org.uk/
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