ERCCIS Workshop

Workshops organised and run by ERCCIS

Our current County Ecologist, Bruce Forrest, will be leading a workshop on his favourite subject: Freshwater Invertebrates. We will look at the main species groups and how to go about identifying them to family level, or species level when easy to do so. We will visit a local river to demonstrate the methods for species monitoring and have a go at identifying what we find.

Riverfly volunteers who wish to take their skills further can attend for just £20.

At first glance, the yellow flowers of the Daisy family (Asteraceae), often known as 'Composites', can all look alike and may appear to be a daunting group for beginners to break into. However, once you have an understanding of the structure of the plant and the parts you need to look at, identification to species level can be relatively straightforward in most cases. This workshop will begin with a classroom session unravelling the mystery of these flowers, followed by a trip out to Porthtowan to test your id skills in the field.

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED but please do email to register your interest in case a space opens up.

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED but please do email to register your interest in case a space opens up.

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED but please do email to register your interest in case a space opens up.

Cornwall has the most amazing bryophyte flora including some worldwide rarities. They can form an important part of assemblages for NVC work as well as being fascinating and photogenic for the enthusiastic amateur recorder. This workshop intends to set anyone interested in identifying bryophytes either for their own interest or for professional work well on the way to achieving that aim with advice on equipment, techniques and where to get ongoing support.
 

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED but please do email to register your interest in case a space opens up.

Join us on a two day workshop devoted to learning about the wildflowers of Cornwall. We will start off by gaining an understanding of the basics of wildflower identification, breaking down the terminology and introducing you to the main families of our native wildflowers. Then, we will head out into the wild to seek out species to identify.

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED but please do get in touch to register your interest in case a space opens up.

The Environment Agency will be leading a workshop on Freshwater Fish identification. This will include a practical session in which participants will have the opportunity to observe electric fishing, a technique which stuns fish long enough to examine and identify them before being safely released back into the river unharmed. We will also learn about the species of fish we are most likely to find in Cornwall, including some very interesting life cycles, and the gaps in our knowledge.

***Please note we have had a large amount of bookings come in for this workshop and we are no longer taking bookings at the moment. However, please do get in touch if you are interested so we can let you know if a space becomes available.***

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED but please do email to register your interest in case a space opens up.

The Angler’s Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) helps rivers to be monitored more widely and at greater frequency than is possible by the Environment Agency alone. Volunteers take kick samples from the river bed each month, recording the presence and abundance of invertebrate groups which are very sensitive to pollution and are therefore good indicators of water quality. This free workshop aims to introduce new volunteers to this scheme.

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