This residential course incorporates everything you need to know to be able to accurately identify and record British true bugs to family or species level.

With a mix of classroom presentations, laboratory-based sessions, and field-based activities our tutor will guide you through the lifestyles, ecology, and morphology of UK true bugs. Attendees will be provided with detailed information on sampling equipment and techniques with practical hands-on opportunities to collect live specimens.

Attendees will use preserved specimens from the Preston Montford invertebrate collection for identification to species-level using microscopes and identification keys, and our tutor will demonstrate best practices for creating your very own reference collection.

Information on true bug recording, submitting records and connecting with schemes, societies and groups will also be provided.

  • Certificate upon course completion.
  • Access to microscopes, specimen collection, lab equipment, field equipment and identification resources.
  • Tuition from a tutor specialising in terrestrial invertebrates.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
  • Please note that this course will involve collecting, killing and preserving invertebrate specimens.

This course is aimed at adults only and course attendees must be at least 18 years old in order to attend.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • have a grounding in Britain’s true bug taxonomy and subfamilies
  • be able to use external (morphological) features for specimen identification
  • have used various collecting techniques for a variety of habitats
  • gain practical experience using identification keys to determine specimens accurately to species-level
  • gain practical experience observing true bug ID features using a microscope
  • know how to curate your own personal reference collection
  • be given guidance on how to take your interest further and contribute to associated recording schemes

Tutor Information

Pete Boardman first got into flies after volunteering with Liverpool Museum’s entomological department in the early 1990s, with support from Tom Mawdsley and Richard Underwood. He ‘discovered’ craneflies when county moth recorder for Shropshire and chose them as a dissertation subject for his MSc in the mid 2000s. Following this he committed to the group and immediately worked on a Shropshire distribution atlas (2007) and a second improved version with keys in 2016.

In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship which enabled him to spend a month at the Smithsonian Institution collections in Washington DC studying the Charles Alexander collection. This enabled him to later name 23 new species to science from Cameroon.

He currently is national cranefly recorder for the Cranefly Recording Scheme supporting John Kramer and Alan Stubbs.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Certificate upon course completion.
  • Access to microscopes, specimen collection, lab equipment, field equipment and identification resources.
  • Tuition from a tutor specialising in terrestrial invertebrates.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
  • Please note that this course will involve collecting, killing and preserving specimens.

Bursaries and Subsidies

FSC BioLinks

FSC BioLinks is an exciting project for FSC in the South East and West Midlands, bringing together existing volunteers with skills in biological recording and identification, and new volunteers.

This project provides subsidised training courses, learning opportunities and digital tools focussed on invertebrate identification for anyone involved or interested in biological recording, to build and strengthen the community.

Invertebrates provide us with many useful ecosystem services, like pollination and decomposition, which we cannot survive without but their numbers are declining. Few people know how to identify or record invertebrates meaning there is a lack of data.

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £1.23 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for this project.

Before You Attend

Getting There

FSC Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury SY4 1DX

Direct enquiries: 01743 852040 (Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm)

  • By Road: From the A5, take the roundabout exit signposted to Mid-Wales and Welshpool (A458). One mile along this road, turn right onto B4473, we are located on the left after approx ½ mile.
  • By Bus or Train: Shrewsbury stations

What to bring

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activity
  • Hand lens (if you have one)

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 28, November 2022 18:00 - Wed 30, November 2022 16:00

    This residential course incorporates everything you need to know to be able to accurately identify and record British true bugs to family or species level. Join FSC BioLinks and our expert tutor, Pete Boardman, in the West Midlands to learn more about Hemiptera (true bugs).

    Region
    West Midlands
    Price
    £50
    Tutor
    Peter Boardman

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Course Fees

Resident (Sole Occupancy) £50.00

Course fees are subsidised by the FSC BioLinks project. Accommodation, meals and all course-related materials are included. If attendees who have booked together require a shared room please contact the centre to arrange this.

Please note that bathrooms may be shared and we are unable to guarantee en-suite bathrooms for any bookings.

Waiting List

If the course is full and you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email us at [email protected] and let us know the name, date and location of the course you'd like to be added to the waiting list for.