Birds of the Brecks, 5 December, 10am-4pm, BTO Offices (The Nunnery), Thetford
A full day workshop packed with advice on how to record birds and other creatures in the Brecks.
The day will be mainly led by Su Gough (BTO) and will focus on winter birds in the Brecks, starting with an introduction to bird recording followed by an interactive bird ID workshop. Although the focus is on birds we will also have a dragonflies of the Brecks taster session, run by Adrian Parr (Suffolk Dragonfly Recorder) and a mammals of the Brecks introduction session with the opening of our pre-set mammal traps, run by Jennifer Morpeth (Norfolk Wildlife Trust). This will all be followed by a guided walk around the Nunnery Lakes reserve to actively record the birds and other creatures. This event is FREE but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Refreshments provided. To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birds-of-the-brecks-tickets-19272531661
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The Brecks Invertebrate Sorting Marathon, 9 & 10 January, Santon Downham
(we will even give you free pizza to keep you going!)
We have set ourselves a unique wildlife challenge - to group 56 batches of invertebrates into different families (e.g. ants, beetles, spiders). The invertebrates were caught back in October 2015, 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 an ongoing research project which is looking into the effect of different management techniques on Brecks biodiversity.
This 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.
No previous experience of invertebrate work is required, but a desire to learn more about natural history is welcomed. Participants willing to join both days would be preferred, as this will provide continuity and will help their own learning experience, but we can accommodate for one day. Please note, this event is not suitable for children or people who would struggle to spend the day sitting down sorting through small invretebrates.
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Lichens of the Brecks - Churchyard Lichens, 30 January, 10.30 start, St Peters Church, Brandon
Learn about churchyard lichens with Peter Lambley, County Recorder for Lichens in Norfolk. This field meeting will provide an introduction to identifying and recording lichens. This is a taster session and if you are keen to develop your skills there will be further workshops in 2016. All skill levels are welcome, as training will be provided. All you need is an enthusiasm for conservation and the Brecks! This event is FREE but booking is essential.
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