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What's On

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
We're excited to announce that we will be back at the Birdfair in 2017 with another stand packed full of information and advice, together with some of Britain's largest, smallest, rarest and most colourful arachnids. This will be our fifth year at the show where we've enjoyed meeting many spider enthusiasts and converting many others to the enjoyment of this important, fascinating, but often misunderstood group of animals. 2017 sees the launch of WILDGuide’s Britain’s Spiders, the first photographic guide for decades, with book signings by the authors.

The 2017 Birdfair is at 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

AGM Venue Millport

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AGM beginners workshop

BAS Field and AGM weekend 2017
For our BAS AGM weekend 2017 we’ll be heading to the delightful environs of Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae in the Clyde Estuary. The old Millport Marine Research Station has recently been taken over by the Field Studies Council and now offers excellent accommodation and facilities (see: Millport FSC). The weekend will run from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June. Once again we’ll be running a workshop for those who wish to hone their identification skills.



European Congress of Arachnology 2017
The 30th the European Congress of Arachnology will be hosted by the University of Nottingham, U.K. from the 20th - 25th August 2017



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



Spider talk for North Wales Wildlife Trust (Gresford, Flintshire), 22 February 2017


RSPB Conwy spider day, 17 June 2017
Join Richard Gallon, from the British Arachnological Society, for two hours of spider exploration on the reserve. Richard will give a short introductory talk on spiders and their biology, before leading a spider safari around the reserve to see which species we can find.


Spinnies/Aber Ogwen Reserve (North Wales Wildlife Trust) spider walk, 5 August 2017



Local Talks

Spider field courses and workshops

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Spider identification: Millport, Friday 30 June 2017 to Sunday 02 July 2017
Spiders are found almost everywhere, from our houses to the tops of our highest mountains. They remain undiscovered by most naturalists, with a reputation for being a difficult group to identify. This short course will introduce spiders, how to catch them and how to set about identifying them. It is aimed at people with some background in identification of any plant or animal group.

The course will cover simple field techniques, the recording and storage of spiders. The standard texts used in identifying British spiders will be introduced and a major part of the course will be spent identifying some of the spiders at Millport Field Centre and its surroundings. Identifying spiders usually means microscopic examination of dead specimens, but it's not as bad as that makes it sound! The course will try to show how diverse and interesting spiders are and set participants on their way to becoming arachnologists.

Alastair Lavery has been interested in spiders for over 30 years, studying spiders in both Scotland and the Falkland Islands.

Venue: Millport Field Centre, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland KA28 0EG (phone: 01475 530581)



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



Beginners' Guide to Spiders: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster, Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 10:30-16:00 hrs

Geoff Oxford will lead a workshop for people with little knowledge of spiders, but who wish to know more. The event will take place at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Potteric Carr visitor centre (SE589007) and will include general information on spider biology, a chance to try out various catching techniques in the field and examination of live and dead material under a microscope. The day will cost £40 for non-YWT members and £35 for members, and includes a buffet lunch.
More information will be posted on the YWT’s website nearer the time http://www.ywt.org.uk/whats-on.





Courses on Mapmate and invertebrate sampling methods

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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



Please contact eventsATbritishspiders.org.uk to have arachnological courses, workshops, stands at fairs listed here and on our social media.

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