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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 per 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
Thanks to everyone who visited our stands at events around the country in 2017. Watch this space from information on where we'll be in 2018.

The 2017 Birdfair - Rutland Water Nature Reserve on August 18th.-20th.

Shropshire Spider Group Events 2017
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



Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair: Staffordshire University Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke, Sat 4th March, 2017 (10:30am-4:00pm)

More info soon...

Spider safaris, Wildlife day, Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, York, 18 June 2017
The BAS will have a stall and be running spider safaris throughout the day.



Royal Entomological Society Insect Festival - York, 2 July 2017 (10am - 4pm)
Once again this biennial celebration of invertebrates will take place in the beautiful York Museum Gardens. The BAS will be there with live spiders and information displays, with help on hand to identify specimens (live or photographs). The new photographic guide, Britain's Spiders, will be on sale.



Royal Entomological Society Insect Festival - Bristol, Bristol City Museum, 23-24 September 2017
A festival celebrating the insect world, open to the general public.




National and International Meetings

Margam FSC Discovery Centre - our AGM Venue

AGM beginners workshop


BAS Field and AGM weekend 2018
Friday 25th (evening) - Sunday 27th May

For our BAS AGM weekend 2017 we’ll be heading to South Wales, to the Margam Field Studies Council Centre, just east of Port Talbot and close to many fantastic field sites. Once again we’ll be running a Saturday morning workshop for those who wish to hone their identification skills - this is also open to members who are not attending the full weekend.


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



Local talks, walks and meetings

The Horrid Ground Weaver Nothophantes horridus; a talk by John Walters
Saturday 20th January 2018 at 14.30pm
John's talk on what is thought to be the only spider endemic to Britain, is part of the Devonshire Association's Entonology Section's AGM meeting held in Crediton, Devon:
All are welcome and entry is free.


Two arachnid talks at the Shropshire Ento Day
4th February 2018 at Preston Montford FSC, from 10.00 to 16.00
Liam Andrews on 'The Pseudoscorpions of Shropshire' and Lawrence Bee 'Introducing Britain’s Spiders – a new field guide'

(with sales and author signing during lunch break)

Booking Fee £6.00


Introduction to the wonderful world of spiders; a talk by BAS member and local spider expert Eloise Wright for the Liverpool Branch of the British Science Association.
Tuesday 6th February 2018, 19.30 at The Ship & Mitre, 133 Dale Street, Liverpool L22 JH
All are welcome - Entry FREE.


Eight legs good!; a talk by BAS and local expert Richard Gallon for the North Wales Wildlife Trust
Friday 9th February 2018, 14.00, at St David's Church Hall, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno LL30 3NT
Richard Gallon will talk about the identification and behaviour of UK spiders – highlighting some regional rarities.
All are welcome and entry just £2.


Spiders – A Natural History
Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 7.30pm
All are welcome to this Harrogate and District Naturalists’ Society talk by Dr Geoff Oxford at St Robert’s Centre, Robert Street, Harrogate HG1 1HP.

Charge for non-HDNS members, £3. 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

For more information contact geoff.oxford@york.ac.uk or.....


Learn to Love Spiders - a walk and talk
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 renown arachnologist from the University of York and 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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Learn to Love Spiders: at Field Studies Council Bishop's Wood Centre, Worcestershire, Saturday 12th May 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £30

This one-day course is a gentle introduction to the techniques and skills required to identify live spiders and learn the possibilities and limitations to what can be done in the field. The leader, Dr Rich Burkmar, has a wide-ranging interest in natural history and is a keen recorder of spiders and other arachnids and an active member of the Shropshire Spider Group and member of the British Arachnological Society.


Spider Identification: at Field Studies Council Epping Forest Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Essex, Saturday 26th May 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £45

This one day course is led by the Essex Field Club in partnership with FSC Epping Forest. It will provide an introduction to the British families within the Araneae (spiders); you will learn how to recognise spiders to family level, gain an insight into their varied biology and become familiar with the field techniques required to find them. There will be plenty of time to search for spiders in the Centre’s extensive grounds, but also the opportunity to examine specimens more critically under the microscope and use identification keys. This is an introductory course to spiders, but attendees should have some basic knowledge of invertebrates.


Spiders - a beginners & improvers workshop: at the Margam Field Studies Council Centre, just east of Port Talbot, South Wales.
Saturday 26th May 2018, 10.00 to 13.00

This Saturday morning workshop is for those who wish to hone their identification skills - whether they are quite new to arachnology or wanting to improve their skills. It is run as part of the annual BAS AGM and Field Weekend for members but the workshop is open to BAS members who are not attending the full weekend.


Spider Identification: at Dale Fort Field Studies Centre, Pembrokeshire, Saturday 26 May 2018 to Wednesday 30 May 2018.
Cost £330

Based at the stunning location of Dale Fort, this course will focus on field identification of live spiders under the expert tuition of the Lawrence Bee, one of the authors of Britain's Spiders. Identification of live spiders often relies on a crucial piece of kit called a spi-pot to allow detailed examination in the field and participants will learn to make and use them. There will be follow up sessions in the lab to illustrate how you can deal with spiders that can’t be identified in the field. Note that although the emphasis is on field identification, some spiders might be taken and preserved for identification under the microscope. This course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.


An Introduction to Spiders: at Amersham Field Studies Centre, Buckinghamshire, Saturday 9th June 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £37

This one-day course provides an opportunity to learn about Britain's spiders with an emphasis on the field identification of families and genera. Following an introductory session indoors, the range of habitats at Amersham will be sampled for spiders and other arachnids and various collecting techniques will be demonstrated. The course leader, Lawrence Bee, is an ecological consultant, educator and author of both the Field Studies Council Guide to House and Garden Spiders and of the recently published Britain's Spiders.


Field ID of Spiders and Harvestmen: at Preston Montfort Field Studies Centre, Shropshire, Wednesday 4th July 2018.
Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs
Cost £45

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. You will be introduced to the techniques of identifying live spiders and harvestmen. Live spiders and harvestmen will be collected around the grounds of Preston Montford and brought back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again. The tutors for this course are all very experienced arachnologists and educators from the FSC, BAS and Shropshire Spider Group.


Beginners Guide to Spiders: at Moorends, Doncaster, on Wednesday 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.

For more information on logistics and booking this workshop contact Helen Kirk execsec@thmcf.org. For more information on its content, contact geoff.oxford@york.ac.uk Forum logo (1).jpg

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 (Order Araneae) 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 2017
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



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