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Site Assessment Using Invertebrates

A course designed to help students develop higher level skills in the interpretation of invertebrate survey data. The role of standardised sampling protocols will be explored through fieldwork and through team work a set of accurate species determinations will be obtained. for analysis and interpretation. Analysis by a variety of different techniques (including species richness, Wetscore, SQI, and PANTHEON including ISIS) will be discussed to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each technique. The relevance of population size, indicator species, habitat fidelity and species assemblages in assessing an invertebrate fauna will be discussed. This course is part of the MSc in Biological Recording run by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Pete Boardman runs the national recording scheme for Craneflies.  He is an entomologist in the Natural Engalnd Field Unit, and previously ran biological recording and entomological projects for the Field Studies Council.  He has taught entomology and led workshops for a range of organisations over the last twenty years.  He once saw a slug eating a chip.

This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and the PG Certificate in Biological Recording. To gain university credits you must be registered for the Masters programme in advance of this course.  For further details please contact: The Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University. E-mail: [email protected] The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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