Invertebrate Identification for Beginners

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This introductory workshop will offer an overview of insects and look at how the different orders can be identified, based on body form. The life histories of some of the larger groups will be reviewed. This will give you a chance to refresh your understanding of invertebrates and possible approaches for identification according to taxon group. Guidance on field techniques appropriate to habitat and species of interest will also be offered.

The afternoon will offer a range of sessions including finding and identifying invertebrates in the context of site surveys (i.e. use of pitfall traps), field studies with youth groups (what species level to aim for depending on your group) and considerations for specimen collecting (when this is appropriate).

This workshop is suited to amateur naturalists, teachers, youth leaders and anyone interested in recording invertebrates who are at a beginner level.