The North Pennines AONB Partnership presents:

Cold Blooded and Spineless – An Introduction to Dung Beetles

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 6th May 2017, Allendale Forge Studios


Join Darren MAphodius-quadrimaculatus-225x300ann and Ceri Watkins, from the Dung beetle UK Mapping Project (DUMP), for this free one-day Cold-blooded and Spineless introductory course to learn about British dung beetles.

Dung beetles are important recyclers across the globe as they provide a range of valuable ecosystem services. In the UK, there are approximately 60 species within the Scarab group that are coprophagous (dung eating).

Topics covered will include lifecycles, ecology and conservation, sampling and survey methods, identification techniques, and how to submit dung beetle records.

During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to try out your new skills on a short field outing to hunt for dung beetles (weather permitting). Please ensure that you bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. This workshop is suitable for beginners with an interest in insect identification and recording.

Please book via the events page of the North Pennines AONB website


Weardale Wildlife Group presents: Durham Dragonflies


Tuesday 9 May 2017, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Stanhope, DL13 2UPdragonfly pic

Dragonflies are ancient insects, older than dinosaurs – they have excellent vision, are masters of flight and some even migrate. Find out much more about these fascinating and beautiful insects at the illustrated talk given by Ian Waller, Durham county’s Dragonfly recorder who is an expert on these wonderful creatures.

£2.50 per adult, £1 per child, or free to members. No need to book – just come along!

If you’re not a Weardale Wildlife Group member already and would like to support the group further, do consider membership, you can sign up at any of our events. Our membership runs January to December so now is a good time to join.

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