Assessing Invertebrate Assemblages: Using and Understanding Pantheon

Invertebrate Conservation Skills Webinar by David Heaver

The rise of assemblages for UK invertebrates is one of the most significant advances in the field of invertebrate study as it finally removes the shackles of having to face too many species doing too many things. The increasing use of assemblages in site assessments mean this is a key skill set to acquire, particularly when managing sites and natural landscapes for the benifit of biodiversity.

By the end of this webinar, attendees will understand how to input invertebrate assemblage data into Pantheon and how to interpret the outputs produced. They will also be made familiar with the wide range of applications Pantheon has to offer when assisting with invertebrate conservation and monitoring projects in England.

Learners will be introduced to the following concepts throughout the webinar :

  • What an invertebrate sample is and how to get good ones
  • What are invertebrate assemblages and what do they cover
  • How to build up your own site survey data
  • What are Pantheons outputs and how to interpret them.

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: David Heaver

David is one of the Senior Entomologists in Natural England and functional lead for Pantheon, the analytical tool used for analysing invertebrate assemblages. He was part of the team of 3 that designed and populated the dataset, working with other entomologists. He started his career as a contract upland vegetation field surveyor in the Nature Conservancy Council in 1986, ran the large Thorne Moors Invertebrate survey, was Regional species officer for the whole West Midlands Region of English Nature, and has ended up as a National Specialist in Natural England.


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:

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