Bug Sorting Marathon - no.2
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Bug Sorting Marathon - no.2

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Bug Sorting Marathon - no.2

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High Lodge

Thetford Forest

IP27 0AF

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Back by popular demand (and again with FREE PIZZA) we will be running another bug sorting marathon on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of January 2017!

[Please note when booking click on "select a date" and choose the top or bottom options for signing up to single days OR choose the 2nd "Sat, 14 Jan 2017" option to sign up for both days at once].


We continue to set ourselves a unique wildlife challenge of grouping batches of invertebrates into different families (e.g. beetles, ants, spiders). The invertebrates were caught in 2016, and are sitting in storage waiting for this weekend. Each participant will take on at least two batches per day, and with the help of our on hand experienced mentors, they will split the specimens into different families. At the end of the weekend the sorted material will be sent to experts for identification, and will contribute to forwarding the findings of an ongoing research project which is looking into the effects of different management techniques on Brecks biodiversity.

This event is a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with different invertebrate groups and to contribute to an important piece of scientific research. By the end of the weekend participants will be able to recognise key invertebrate families. We are also hoping to host a few taxonomic experts over the course of the weekend to offer participants a further insight into the key invertebrate families.

No previous experience of invertebrate work is required, but a desire to learn more about natural history is important. Participants can sign up for both days or either one - introductions and training presentation will be provided to those that are new on both days; those that have been involved in the January 2016 event may carry on sorting without the training, the same goes for the Sunday for those who attend both days.


A number of participants who signed up for the Saturday only last year, asked to come to the Sunday too as they had enjoyed it so much!!



Please note, this event is not suitable for young children or people who would struggle to spend the day sitting down sorting through small invertebrates.

MEET: Meet for a 10am start at the Oak Lodge building (on your right before you get to the main High lodge car park) at High Lodge (Forestry Commission).

Ample parking is available in front of the lodge.

BRING: Other than in health and safety below it would be useful to your learning to bring a notebook and pen. If you have a hand lens this would be useful to bring along. Please bring your own food if you like - but FREE PIZZA will be provided at lunchtime for those that wish.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: This is a completely indoors workshop. Any chemicals that you are required to use are safe and you will be given instructions on how to use and plastic gloves will be available.

Photo: Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris). © Copyright Anne Burgess and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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 Opportunities for groups and individuals;
 All skill levels from expert to novice welcome—training will be provided;
 All you need is enthusiasm for wildlife, conservation and Breckland’s outdoors.
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Thetford Forest

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