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Harvestmen - ecology and identification

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Paul Richards
  • Date: Tuesday 20 September 2016
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • Day Fee: £35

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

This workshop will include:

  • an introduction to the UK harvestman fauna and their ecology;
  • an introduction to identification resources, in particular, the highly regarded FSC fold-out chart (authored by Paul Richards – our tutor);
  • discussion of the finer points of field identification illustrated by some of Paul’s unrivalled collection of photographs (plus some live specimens);
  • a field session to collect and identify harvestmen;
  • an open identification and knowledge-sharing session in the classroom where participants can pick Paul’s brains and share their own knowledge.

This open nature of this workshop is designed to be suitable both for relative beginners in Harvestman ID and those wishing to take their Harvestman ID and recording to the next level. There will be a chance to try out a new multi-access key developed by Tomorrow’s Biodiversity in association with Paul.

Starts at Preston Montford at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. You should report to reception at Preston Montford before 10:00 am so that the staff can direct you to the allocated classroom.

The day will begin with an introduction to harvestman showing you some of the fascinating features of their biology and ecology, but we will quickly move on to the business of identification. There will be a field collection and identification session in the grounds of Preston Montford.

Lunch and breaks will be taken as required (don’t forget your own packed lunch).

Paul Richards is author and photographer of the highly regarded FSC fold-out Guide to Harvestmen of the British Isles. He is an active recorder for several invertebrate groups and has published on Millipedes, Centipedes, Woodlice, Dragonflies and other insect groups. He was Senior Curator of Natural History at Museums Sheffield for over 25 years and has more recently undertaken ecosystem services research with the University of Sheffield, collecting, sorting and identifying over half a million invertebrate specimens. He has taught identification skills to children, undergraduates and several local and national wildlife groups. He is currently engaging new audiences in biological recording for the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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