Introduction to Invertebrates course

Cinnamon Bug photo by Brian Walker
Cinnamon Bug (Corizus hyoscyami) Sutton Courtenay ©Brian Walker


Buy into British bugs!

We are offering a two-day TVERC training course running on 10th and 11th June 2017, held at the base of the British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS), Dinton Pastures, near Reading. We will be using the Clinton-Pelham Building.

The course tutor will be Dan Carpenter of TVERC.

It will provide an introduction to surveying invertebrates, managing samples and specimens and the identification to major taxonomic groups.

The course is aimed at beginners with little or no experience in surveying or identifying invertebrates. The course will provide practical experience of a range of survey methods including different trap types. Practical experience of identification will also be provided using material collected in the traps.

The course will include both classroom and field elements so participants will need suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Water and sun protection are also recommended.

Refreshments, books and equipment will be supplied but if you have your own hand lens or invertebrate key, please bring it along on the day. 

Please note this course will run from 1000 - 1600 (with a prompt start as we have lots to pass on- please arrive in good time to register and begin).

See details of our full TVERC training programme for 2017.

Book online via our Wufoo form or contact us via for more details or a pdf booking form.

Food.  Food can be purchased from the café on site or Sainsbury’s is a 20 min walk from site.  Tea, coffee, biscuits etc. for refereshments during the day will be provided.


British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS) 

Clinton-Pelham building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis St, Hurst, Wokingham, RG10 0TH 

Dinton Pastures is situated in the village of Hurst, just of the A329 (O.S. grid reference SU784718)

By road: approach via the A329 between Reading and Wokingham.  Take the B3030 towards Hurst.  The entrance is on the left shortly after crossing the bridge over the A329M motorway.

There is plenty of car parking on site but the charge is £6.00 per day (which helps to contribute to the maintenance of the country park and other nature reserves around Wokingham borough). Pay and display tickets can be purchased from the machines at the car park or in cash at the café, or via a mobile phone app.  Car parking charges apply from 6am to 10pm daily. You can also use the BENHS phone and online payment service to pay car parking charges using your debit or credit card. Call 020 304 60060 from your UK mobile and follow the verbal instructions. You'll need our location code (23817), your payment card details and your car registration. They recommend registering first on the RingGo website. Smartphone users may also download the app from the RingGo website.  

Car parks are open only from and to the advertised time on site. If the gates are open after these times, don't assume they will stay open. Your car could get locked in. If you are locked in it costs £80 to unlock the gates. The main entrance gate automatically opens at 6:45am and closes at 9pm. 

By rail: Dinton Pastures is approximately 15-20 minutes walk from Winnersh station. There are trains approximately every 30 minutes from Reading. South West Trains run a service from London Waterloo to Reading.

By bus: Reading Buses service X4 from Reading station to Bracknell station runs a long the A329.  Get off by Sainsbury’s.  The site is approx. 20 minutes walk from here.




Posted: May 31, 2017