Invertebrate Surveying and Identification for Beginners

Our invertebrate training courses gave a valuable insight into the invertebrate world and helped us to increase our recording effort across the North East.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust ran two identical one-day courses on insect identification in June 2014, in partnership with Buglife, Northumberland County Council and the Environmental Records Information Centre North East.

Suzanne Bairner, the course leader, is an entomologist working for Buglife in their Stirling Office. She has previously run training courses in insect surveying and identification for people from different backgrounds, from members of the public to rangers, and specialises in ground beetles, hoverflies, spiders and ants.

The courses were designed for anyone in the North East who wanted to develop skills in invertebrate identification and help improve our invertebrate data records. Each course began with a short talk on the ecology of invertebrates. The remainder of the session was practical in nature; focusing on collecting and surveying techniques. Participants were guided on specimen identification to the correct taxonomic group and helped to identify to species level.

Read the Intro to Invertebrates training day guide here.


These training sessions have now closed.

To register your interest for future sessions, please email Elaine More or telephone 0191 284 6884.