This course is aimed at ecologists involved in site assessment for nature conservation, especially in a planning context, providing confidence in recognising habitats and features of value to invertebrates. It will also provide understanding to enable decisions on whether further surveys are necessary and, if so, what form they should take. We will look at when to seek support from more experienced professionals and how to use the data produced by invertebrate survey.
During the day we will cover:
The day will involve classroom sessions combined with field work, including surveying and identification. Links will be provided to a wide range of useful resources.
Situated in the Thames corridor, which is of national significance for its invertebrate populations, the venue is Essex County Council’s Hadleigh Country Park, which includes SSSI and Local Wildlife Site land designated in part for invertebrate interest. It was the venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games mountain biking competitions. The impacts associated with the development of the necessary facilities, and their operation during the games, were mitigated by an extensive scheme of habitat creation, restoration and management, including invertebrate elements.
The course will be suitable for beginners or those with a developing interest in invertebrates, and is intended to provide a stepping stone to more advanced involvement with invertebrates. It will be led by Neil Harvey, an experienced entomologist with considerable survey experience across Essex. His specialist interests include flies (he is the Essex county recorder for Soldierflies and allied families), moths, galls and leaf miners.
Monday 01 July 2019
9.30 registration. Finish approx 3pm
Classroom followed by practical session
Neil Harvey, Natural Environment Manager at Place Services