News and Events

TWIC Spring Conference: "Biodiversity Matters"

Saturday 27 April, 10:00 - 16:15 at the McSence Conference Centre, 32 Sycamore Rd, Mayfield, Midlothian (EH22 5TA). The Spring Conference is a chance for recorders to get together at the start of season to share news and to enjoy a programme of talks. This time our programme is centred on key themes from the new Midlothian Local Biodiversity Action Plan. However, the talks will not necessarily be geographically specific to Midlothian. FREE (includes buffet lunch), but BOOKING ESSENTIAL. To view the programme and to book click the Website link below. Deadline for booking is midnight, Sunday 21st April 2019.


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North East Invasive Non-Native Species Forum

Wednesday 27th March 2019 at the Kintore Arms Hotel in Inverurie. There is a good selection of speakers during the day and there will be plenty of time to catch up with other people working, either in a voluntary or professional capacity, in this area of work. There are a limited number of places available so please click email link below to book your place.


email: Judith.cox@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

An introduction to carrion beetles (Silphidae)

Wednesday 31st March, 12 noon to 5pm. The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn, Fife. They might have a grisly reputation but carrion beetles are a fascinating group. Come along to this free workshop to find out all about them! No experience necessary. Organised by Fife Nature Records Centre, led by Ashleigh Whiffin (National Museums Scotland / National Silphidae Recording Scheme). Advance booking is essential - see flyer for details.


email: nature.info@fife.gov.uk

Refresher ID and BeeWalk survey training

Wednesday 20th March, 1:30 - 3:30pm. SRUC campus, Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen AB21 9YA. This workshop will focus on a refresher ID session for the 'Big 6' common bumblebee species, and how to get started with becoming a BeeWalker. BeeWalk is a national recording scheme run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to monitor the abundance of bumblebees on transects across the country. Advance booking is essential - click link below.


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Intermediate Bumblebee Identification

Thursday 21st March, 10:00am to 3.30pm. Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre, Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ. This intermediate level course with BBCT Science Manager Dr Richard Comont will cover the identification of all 24 UK bumblebee species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. Suitable for persons who can already identify the Big Six species or those who need a refresher. What will you need: a packed lunch. If you have a hand lens or ID guide then do bring them along. Advance booking is essential - click link below.


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NESBReC Recorders Forum

Saturday 30th March 2019 at the Zoology Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen. As usual the day will comprise of various presentations concerning biological recording in the North East of Scotland, a fine buffet lunch and the opportunity to network with other participants. The full programme is available on the link below, on our Facebook page and also as a direct email to everyone on our contacts list sometime in February.


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email: glenn.roberts@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

The 12th Tayside Recorders' Day

Saturday, 23rd March 2019, 10.15am to 4.15pm, Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Camperdown, by Dundee. See Read More link for details of the programme. Booking via the Website link below.


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Butterfly identification workshop

Tuesday 2nd April, 10am - 3pm. Dunbar Street Hall, Dunbar Street, Aberdeen, AB24 3UJ. Come along to this free event to learn how to identify and record Aberdeen's butterflies. The event will introduce all the species you are likely to see in the area, and you'll receive guides to take away. The aim of the day will be to create a new recording route (or 'transect') along the River Don, close to the venue. Booking is essential. Please book by emailing Anthony McCluskey (click email link below).


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email: amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org