Learn to Love Spiders!

Preston Montford, Shrewsbury
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 10:00
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 16:00

If you’re interested in spiders but never felt ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this day is for you!

It’s a day for people who are fascinated by spiders but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of spiders and the art of telling one spider from another.

  • Come and see different types of live British spiders
  • Learn some of their names
  • Learn how to tell a few of them apart
  • Listen to some fascinating talks by local spider experts
  • Find out what to do if you want to take your interest further

There is a booking fee of £10.  Bookings and more information can be found on the FSC website.

Dr. Rich Burkmar is a project officer with the FSC looking after the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project. He has a wide-ranging interest in natural history and has been, for almost ten years, a keen recorder of spiders and, more recently, harvestmen. He is an active member of the Shropshire Spider Group and, through the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project, is helping the group to develop an integrated training programme catering for all levels from beginner to expert, and concentrating on progressing the skills and contribution of individuals.

Nigel Cane-Honeysett is a founding member of the Shropshire Spider Group (SSG) and is the British Arachnological Society’s Vice County Recorder for Shropshire and West Midlands Regional Organiser. He manages the database of Spiders and Harvestmen found in Shropshire. He has taken a pivotal role in the development of the SSG, organising many field meetings and nurturing a fledgling group of active recorders. For his sins, Nigel is also the treasurer of the British Arachnological Society!

Dr. Charlie Bell joined the FSC in Feb 2015 to work on the Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project. She joined Tom.bio from Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, where she worked as Living Rivers Officer. Her varied interests range from chalk stream ecology and management through to birds, moths, springtails, earthworms and, since joining Tom.bio, Spiders & Harvestmen! Charlie combines her part time role on the Tom.bio project with another on river catchment management based out of Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

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