Insects are the most diverse group of animals with insects present in all habitats on Earth, including in our homes and cities. They play a vital role in our ecosystems as prey, predators and pollinators.
Unfortunately, the world (including the UK), is currently witnessing a rapid decline in their numbers, and a better understanding of their vital roles and fascinating life histories is essential for garnering more support for conservation actions.
To start, we will first get a comprehensive overview of the biology and diversity of insects including the threats facing them followed by a discussion on some of the many ways that insects benefits us including as pollinators, as predators of natural pests and as food for us and our livestock. We finish with a talk on some of the many fascinating insect species we can find in Oxfordshire.
In the afternoon the day becomes practical, first with a brief visit to the Oxford Museum of Natural History to learn more about their insect collection before we collect insects in the University Parks ourselves to learn more about common survey techniques and identify some common garden and parkland insects.
Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 29 May 2024.