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Local and National Events

These events pages detail the various local and national events that the BAS is either organising or attending throughout the year. These activities are divided into several categories above. Events are organised at either the BAS council level (national events) or by the BAS Regional Coordinators and local Mentors throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Keep in touch with these pages if you are interested in activites in your area. Events will be added regularly through the year, as they are organised. Contact details are given for each event, including email and tel nos.

Local Facebook Accounts

Some of our regional groups / contacts are developing Facebook accounts and websites - these are included per event where appropriate in the above pages. These Facebook accounts are also listed here - please join / like these Facebook groups, so that you can keep up to date with local activity and correspondence.

Shows and Fairs

Our 2016 stand at the Birdfair

Birmingham Entomological Show - Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, B5 7QU on Sunday 1st July 2018.

Time : 10:30-16:00 hrs
Admission : £4 (under 16s £3)
The British Arachnological Society will be attending the Birmingham Entomological Show so come along and say hello if you are in the area. This is a full entomological show and is now an annual event for both established traders as well as new breeders and collectors from both the UK as well as overseas. There will be a great range of livestock, dried and prepared specimens, equipment and books.


The 2018 Birdfair - Rutland Water Nature Reserve on August 17th-19th. We'll be flying the flag for eight-legged creatures once again at this wonderful but very two-legged event. We're looking forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new ones to share and enjoy our display of some of the best of Britain's arachnids, as well as spider chat, ID guidance and spi-pot making.

The Amateur Entomological Society Annual Exhibition & Trade Fair - "Kempton Park Racecourse", Sunbury on Thames on 6th October 2018.

Time : 11:00-16:30
We'll be attending this annual event once again, with a small display of British arachnids and a small sales table. The AES first held an annual exhibition in 1939 and since then the exhibition has grown in to the largest entomological fair in the UK. It hosts a mixture of societies' stands and traders selling entomological equipment, livestock, mounted specimens, books and cabinets. The exhibition is the place to buy entomological ephemera, meet fellow enthusiasts and have a great day out. The exhibition is open to members of the public and not just members of the AES.



Shropshire Spider Group Events 2018
A range of events from the Shropshire Spider Group (an informal group of folk involved in the identification & recording of spiders, harvestmen & pseudoscorpions in Shropshire) from January to December 2017






National and International Meetings

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The 31st European Congress of Arachnology 2018
8-13 July 2018, Vác, Hungary,



Local talks, walks and meetings

AGM beginners workshop

Breckland Spiders
Knettishall Heath Nature Reserve, near Thetford
Saturday 23rd June 2018
10:00am
Organised by Alan Thornhill: We will be looking for spiders on this important breckland nature reserve, one of the Suffolk Wildlife Trusts more recent additions. Turn up at 10 am, or at shortly thereafter, I’ll try not to stray too far from the Car Park for a while. www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/knettishallheath - if interested, please contact Alan by e-mail to williamtspiderATmybtinternet.com


Learn to Love Spiders - a walk and talk
York
Sunday 7th October 2018 from 2.00 to 4.00 pm
£5 adults, children FREE
led by Dr Geoff Oxford at Three Hagges Wood Meadow, York Rd, Escrick, York YO19 6EF
Geoff Oxford is a renowned arachnologist from the University of York and the British Arachnological Society. He is an author of the best-selling WildGuide Britain's Spiders.
Contact geoff.oxford@york.ac.uk for more information on content and Emma Daniels emma@haggewoodstrust.org.uk for logistics and booking.


UK Spider field courses and workshops (scroll down for overseas courses)

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Field ID of Spiders and Harvestmen: at Preston Montfort Field Studies Centre, Shropshire, Wednesday 4th July 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £5

Many spiders and harvestmen can be identified and recorded in the field, with the aid of a simple piece of kit called a spi-pot, before being released again. Live spiders and harvestmen will be collected from the grounds of Preston Montford and brought back into the classroom for a closer look. You will be introduced to the techniques of identifying live specimens, before releasing them. The tutors for this course are all very experienced arachnologists and educators from the FSC, BAS and Shropshire Spider Group.


Discovering Pseudoscorpions: at Field Studies Council Bishops Wood, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9SE, Monday 6th August 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £5

If you’d like to discover the fascinating world of pseudoscorpions, and learn how to find and identify them in the field and in the lab, then this day is for you! Intended for those people who are interested in learning more about pseudoscorpions and who want to take the first steps towards identifying and recording them. You will learn about the fascinating natural history and important ecological role of these tiny but beautiful creatures, learn and practice the field techniques needed to find and collect them, observe live pseudoscorpions (all those collected on the day will be released) and how to use microscopes, the FSC fold-out chart to pseudoscorpions and preserved specimens to identify them down to species level. The course tutor, Liam Andrews, is a master’s degree student studying entomology at Harper Adams University. He has a wide range of interests within the natural world from birds to butterflies but his main interest is arachnids, specifically pseudoscorpions.


Spider Identification with Lawrence Bee: at Berrycroft Hub, Berrycroft, Ashbury, Oxfordshire, SN6 8LX, Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th August 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £75

A fantastic opportunity to learn more about our spiders with expert field naturalist and experienced arachnologist, Lawrence Bee (co-author of the recently published Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide). Lawrence will teach you about the ecology of, and how to identify, our many species of spiders. Microscopes and specimens will be provided and there will be excursions to buildings and other natural habitats to find living spiders. You will need to bring relevant ID guides. (although Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide can be purchased on the day).

​​Accommodation is not included.


Wildlife Training Workshop - Spiders (Intermediate): at Old Sulehay, Yarwell village, Northamptonshire, PE8 6PA, Sunday 2nd September 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £40 (free to Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust volunteers)

This workshop led by Lawrence Bee is a follow on from the ‘Introduction to Spiders’ workshop previously run at Ring Haw field station. Following fieldwork on the reserve, there will be an introduction to the use of microscopes to identify spiders down to species level. This intermediate workshop will establish the ground rules for the microscopic examination of spiders and will provide an introduction to the identification of money spiders (the Linyphiidae).


Field Identification of Spiders: at FSC Bushy Park, London, Wednesday 5th September 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £5

This one-day course is for beginners in arachnology. Many spiders can be identified and recorded in the field with the aid of simple equipment such as spi-pots, pooters and small tubes - you will learn to use these techniques to identify spiders in both field and lab sessions. Your tutor, Edward Milner, is a spider ecologist and has undertaken professional spider surveys across many London sites. He is the British Arachnological Society Area Organiser for the Spider Recording Scheme in London, Middlesex, Orkney and Shetland. He also is the spider recorder for London Natural History Society and runs spider training and engagement events across London.


Discovering pseudoscorpions: at Preston Montfort Field Studies Centre, Shropshire, Wednesday 12th September 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £5

Tutored by Liam Andrews, this one-day course is designed for people who are interested in learning more about the amazing and miniature world of pseudoscorpions, and who want to take the first steps towards identifying and recording them.


Beginners Guide to Spiders: at Moorends, Doncaster, on Friday 28th September 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs

This is a FREE course - a buffet lunch can be provided for £5 This Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum workshop led by Dr Geoff Oxford will be held at Moorends Miners Welfare & Community Development Centre, 24A West Rd, Moorends, Doncaster DN8 4LH. Geoff Oxford is a renown arachnologist from the University of York and British Arachnological Society. He is an author of the best-selling WildGuide Britain's Spiders.

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Spider Identification Weekend: at FSC Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX, Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October 2018.
Time: 18:30 hrs on Friday until 16:00 hrs on Sunday
Cost £50 residential (non-residential options available)

There are over 650 species of spider in the UK! Some can be identified in the field, but the majority require close examination under a microscope and the use of a key to identify them. Around a third of the UK’s spider species are ‘money spiders’ - small, shiny, usually black or dark red spiders! Identifying them to species level is difficult and requires patience and practice! This weekend course starts with an Introduction on Friday evening and will then focus on general spider identification using microscopes on Saturday, before progressing to money spider identification on Sunday. There will be taught elements to the course, plus time to practice spider identification yourself with the support of spider experts. The tutors will be Nigel Cane-Honeysett and Richard Gallon. Nigel 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. Richard is the Newsletter Editor for the British Arachnological Society and has studied British spiders since 1995. Based in North Wales, he is an active spider recorder and is regularly involved in conservation survey work. He also studies the taxonomy of African tarantula spiders and has described a number of new species and genera over the years, and is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University’s Hope Museum.


Spider Identification using Microscopes: at FSC Bushy Park, London, Wednesday 17th October 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £5

The majority of Britain's spiders can only be reliably identified by looking a specimens under the microscope. This entirely lab-based course will introduce you to the techniques for doing this as well as providing an introduction to the diversity, biology and ecology of spiders.Your tutor Edward Milner is a spider ecologist and has undertaken professional spider surveys across many London sites. He is the British Arachnological Society Area Organiser for the Spider Recording Scheme in London, Middlesex, Orkney and Shetland. He also is the spider recorder for London Natural History Society and runs spider training and engagement events across London.


Pseudoscorpion Identification Workshop: at FSC Bishops Wood, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9SE, Wednesday 28th November 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £5

If you’ve started collecting and identifying pseudoscorpions but would like some ID hints, tips, support and/or verification of your identifications, then this day is for you! This one-day workshop is designed for people who have already begun learning about, identifying and recording pseudoscorpions but who would like some additional support and the chance to practice their pseudoscorpion ID alongside like-minded people. We recommend that you already have some experience of pseudoscorpion identification before attending. However if you are already experienced with using microscopes to identify other types of soil mesofauna and would like to start identifying pseudoscorpions, then you will be welcome to come along and have a go. There will be no formal teaching, although an experienced pseudoscorpion tutor, Liam Andrews, will be on-hand to help you out and verify your specimens. The day will be based entirely in the classroom. Microscopes, keys and other equipment will be available although you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Liam Andrews is a master’s degree student studying entomology at Harper Adams University. He has a wide range of interests within the natural world from birds to butterflies but his main interest is arachnids, specifically pseudoscorpions.


Money Spider (Linyphiidae) Identification: at The World Museum, Liverpool, Friday 7th December 2018.
10:30-16:00 hrs
FREE

Promoted by the Tanyptera Trust, this course on the identification of British money spiders (Linyphiidae) is open to all experience levels, but it will be an advantage to have previous experience of examining small invertebrates down a microscope. The course will be rich in practical identification tips and will concentrate on some of the easily-confused, common species. You are welcome to bring your own specimens on the day for identification / confirmation. Your tutor will be Richard Gallon from the British Arachnological Society.


Shropshire Spider Group Events 2018

A range of events from the Shropshire Spider Group (an informal group of folk involved in the identification & recording of spiders, harvestmen & pseudoscorpions in Shropshire) from January to December 2018.



Overseas spider field courses and workshops organised by BAS members

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Spider Biology, at The F. T. Stone Laboratory, Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, USA 29 July - 4 August 2018
Based at Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie and tutored by Dr Richard Bradley, this comprehensive, week-long course in the biology of spiders includes functional anatomy, senses and perception, behavior, webs and web-building, identification, classification and relationships, field techniques, and ecology. It is aimed at advanced undergraduates or graduate students but is open to all.



BioBlitzes and Surveys

Shropshire Spider Group Events 2018
A range of events from the Shropshire Spider Group (an informal group of folk involved in the identification & recording of spiders, harvestmen & pseudoscorpions in Shropshire) during 2018



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