Introduction to Habitat Management for Invertebrates

Invertebrate Conservation Skills Webinar by Peter Kirby

On most conservation sites, invertebrates are the most numerous and diverse group. It is increasingly recognised that they are important and that many are threatened. They are often nowadays taken into consideration in management plans and site assessments. But it is easy to adopt simple general-purpose or species-specific policies and to miss opportunities. Making best use of a site is easier with a good understanding of the needs of invertebrates. These are complex and varied, but some elements recur, and some principles are widely applicable.

This session will cover:

  • a brief consideration of those characteristics of invertebrates and of their life histories and lifestyles which affect their habitat requirements;
  • broad habitat structures, mosaics, transitions, and complexity;
  • specific niches, small habitat features and very specific requirements;
  • continuity and catastrophe;
  • examples of opportunities and niches provided by people, machinery, livestock and chance.

Invertebrate Conservation Skills Webinars are online training events which are comprised of a 60 minute presentation from an sector professional, followed by a 30 minute live question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Each webinar will be accompanied by an online article summarising important links to resources and further information, as well as hosting a recording of the presentation.

Tutor: Peter Kirby

Peter is an entomologist with more than forty years of experience in recording and assessing invertebrate assemblages and in providing management advice to various conservation bodies and local authorities. He is the author of the handbook “Habitat management for invertebrates” and is currently a self-employed consultant.


The FSC BioLinks project is part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. These conservation skills webinars are made available to UK-based professionals and volunteers at a subsidised cost of £10. For professionals that are not based in the UK, the cost of the course is £20.

£20 - For non-UK residents. Select Attendee (Online)

£10 - Subsidised by the FSC BioLinks project for professionals and volunteers based in the UK e.g. biological recorders, volunteers, wildlife gardeners, amateur naturalists and students. Select Attendee Discounted (Online)

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Example Timetable

The format of our Conservation Skills Webinars is as follows :

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC BioLinks project team
  • 60 minute talk presented by our expert guest speaker
  • 25-30 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC BioLinks project team

Each webinar will be accompanied by an online article summarising important links to resources and further information, as well as hosting a recording of the presentation.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

This is an Online Training Webinar

These webinars will be hosted on Zoom , a free video conferencing platform. We will email all attendees details of how to access the online course and the webinars closer to the course start date.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Time commitment

This webinar will require approximately 1.5 hours of your time.

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here:
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: