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Field Identification of Spiders and Harvestmen

  • Location: Bishops Wood
  • Tutor: Richard Burkmar, Nigel Cane-Honeysett, Charlie Bell
  • Date: Wednesday 09 August 2017
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • Age Range: Adults

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

Many spiders and harvestmen can be identified and recorded in the field, with the aid a simple piece of kit called a spi-pot, before being released again. On this course you will be: * introduced to spider & harvestman ecology * shown how to identify distinctive species and groups * shown how to use a spi-pot to look closely at living specimens * practice identification techniques * shown how to get help with identification and all things spidery * introduced to submitting spider & harvestmen records There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying spiders and harvestmen in the field. We will collect live spiders and harvestmen around the grounds of Bishops Wood and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.

Dr Rich Burkmar is a project officer with the FSC looking after the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project. He has a wide-ranging interest in natural history and has been, for ten years, a keen recorder of spiders and, more recently, harvestmen. He is an active member of the Shropshire Spider Group and, through the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project, is helping the group to develop an integrated training programme catering for all levels from beginner to expert, and concentrating on progressing the skills and contribution of individuals. Nigel Cane-Honeysett is a founding member of the Shropshire Spider Group (SSG) and is the British Arachnological Society’s Vice County Recorder for Shropshire and West Midlands Regional Organiser. He manages the database of Spiders and Harvestmen found in Shropshire. He has taken a pivotal role in the development of the SSG, organising many field meetings and nurturing a fledgling group of active recorders. For his sins, Nigel is also the treasurer of the British Arachnological Society! Dr. Charlie Bell joined the FSC in Feb 2015 to work on the Tomorrow's Biodiversity project. She joined Tom.bio from Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, where she worked as Living Rivers Officer. Her varied interests range from chalk stream ecology and management through to birds, moths, springtails, earthworms and, since joining Tom.bio, Spiders & Harvestmen! Charlie combines her part time role on the Tom.bio project with another on river catchment management based out of Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

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

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