Bioblitz! – Species Identification and Recording workshop

Date and Time
Date(s) - September 9, 2023 - September 10, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This is a unique and outstanding opportunity to shadow and learn from eight of Wales’s leading biodiversity experts in Flora, Fauna, and Fungi. This event is suitable for students, amateur naturalists, or professional ecologists and conservationists wishing to extend their identification skills.

Over two days on Flat Holm you will learn how to find and identify species found on the Island, many of which are scarce or rare coastal specialists. On our last Bioblitz in 2017 we unearthed species new to Wales and even a spider new to the United Kingdom! Whether you’re looking to learn basic pollinator identification for your garden, take your first steps in knowing a weevil from a ground beetle, distinguish macro and micro moths, or sort your grassland corals from your waxcaps, this is an opportunity not to be missed! The workshop is also ideal for those working professionally in ecology looking to advance field skills in Entomology, Bryology, or Mycology.

For those wanting to take the plunge and take it to next level, microscopes will also be available for evening sessions.

Places are limited…will you be lucky enough to make the team of 12 learners joining our experts?

Note that the price includes return boat fare, overnight shared hostel-style accommodation, and workshops/activities with the expert team. You will need to bring your own food – see our pre-booking information for more details.

SEWBReC will be working alongside experts and attendees throughout the weekend collating the Biodiversity Data and displaying some of the best finds.

This event is running in partnership with: Welcome to the South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre | SEWBReC

Leader details
We have assembled a team of some of Wales’s finest taxonomic experts.

They include mycologist Brian Douglas who will also be introducing participants to Bento Lab – bringing DNA technology to Citizen Science. Nathan Smith, curator of Lower Plants, Museum of Wales will teach you how to collect and store specimens for Herbarium/ Fungarium collections for further study. Liam Olds – Entomologist, Christian Owen – Entomologist / Molluscs, David Slade – Lepidopterist, George Tordoff - Bryology and other specialities, Tate Lloyd – Marine and other specialities, Alex Wilson – Bats / Amphibians /Reptiles

ESSENTIAL Appropriate clothing & Footwear for the weather conditions DESIRABLE Collection Pots Magnifying lens Sweep net (for insects) Binoculars Camera (phone is fine)

Price : £50 student and unwaged

£100 professional

September 9, 2023 1:00 pm.

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