entoLIVE

The entoLIVE webinar series is an upcoming programme of virtual talks exploring the science of insects and other invertebrates.
All events are free to attend and are suitable for adults of all ability – a passion for invertebrates is all that’s required!

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entoLIVE Season 1

Wriggling Into Recording: 10 Years of the National Earthworm Recording Scheme

Keiron Derek Brown, Earthworm Society of Britain
02 Feb 2023 13:00 – 14:00

The National Earthworm Recording Scheme was launched in 2014 by the Earthworm Society of Britain to tackle the low number of earthworm species occurrence records accessible to scientists and conservationists in the UK. With over 20,000 records now accessible to all through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, we explore what the new data is telling us about earthworm ecology and distributions.

No Brain, No Problem? 20 Years of the National Jellyfish Survey

Amy Pilsbury, Marine Conservation Society
06 Feb 2023 19:00 – 20:00

Every year, as spring creeps in, jellyfish arrive around the UK coastline. Since 2003, the Marine Conservation Society, along with thousands of citizen scientists all around the country, has been taking a deeper dive into their movements and how they might influence UK turtle populations. 20 years on, we explore what the data can tell us about these weird and wonderful marine invertebrates.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: The Impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Insects

Craig Macadam, Riverfly Recording Schemes / Buglife
09 Feb 2023 13:00 – 14:00

Climate change is widely recognised as being one of the major long term threats to biodiversity. Freshwater ecosystems are particularly at risk from the impacts of climate change. This talk will explore the vulnerability of freshwater invertebrates to climate change, and what mitigation measures can be used to minimise the impacts on their populations.

The Most Remarkable Migrants of All: The Fascinating World of Fly Migration

Will Hawkes, University of Exeter
13 Mar 2023 19:00 – 20:00

1-4 billion hoverflies migrate into and out of southern Britain each year. Despite the fact that these migratory insects help control pest species (such as aphids) and provide important pollination ecosystem services, migratory flies do not receive anywhere close to the same attention within research as migratory vertebrates such as birds, whales and turtles. An Exeter University study on insect migration is addressing this knowledge gap.

Flying Squids: Their Life Story and Relationships With Each Other

Fernando Á. Fernández-Álvarez
16 Mar 2023 13:00 – 14:00

Flying squids are fascinating organisms. They exist in their own kingdom in mesopelagic realm, where they attain huge biomasses and are crucial for energy and matter cycles in the water column. Besides their ecological importance, they are very also important economically, as they sustain almost 50 % of current cephalopod landings in the world. Fernando will give a short snapshot into their mysterious and amazing life, as well as how each species is related to each other.

Hop of Hope: Restoring the Large Marsh Grasshopper Through Citizen Keepers

Citizen Zoo
20 Mar 2023 19:00 – 20:00

While the Large Marsh Grasshopper (Stethophyma grossum) is the biggest and most handsome of all British grasshoppers, it’s also one of the rarest. The degradation and loss of their preferred habitat, fens and peat bogs, have constricted their range considerably. Today, it survives almost exclusively in the valley mires and wet heaths of the New Forest and Dorset. This talk will introduce how a partnership project led by Citizen Zoo and involving Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs & Northants and Natural England has returned the large marsh grasshopper to a number of wetlands across Norfolk. This project is pioneering community engagement in which local people are trained in grasshopper husbandry to become Citizen Keepers.

The Pine Hoverfly: Bringing Them Back From The Brink Of Extinction

Dr Helen Taylor, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
23 Mar 2023 13:00 – 14:00

The Pine Hoverfly (Blera fallax) is critically endangered in Britain, reduced to just one population in a small forest patch in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. Since 2018, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has been running a conservation breeding programme for this important pollinator at its Highland Wildlife Park Zoo. Following a record-breaking breeding season in 2021, the RZSS team started reintroducing pine hoverflies back into the Caledonian forests they once inhabited. Hear about the progress of this project and how the partnership between RZSS, the Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms project, and Forestry and Land Scotland is working to rescue one of Britain’s most endangered invertebrates.

Streams To Spiders: How Aquatic Insects Interconnect Our Ecosystems

Liam Nash, Queen Mary,University of London / Zoological Society of London
27 Mar 2023 19 – 20:00

Freshwaters and forests might seem like definitively separate habitats, but they are in fact tightly interconnected by insects. These insects, such as mayflies, dragonflies and mosquitoes, develop in water but emerge onto land as winged adults, with a powerful impact on the surrounding landscape. Some feed birds, bats, lizards and spiders, others transfer microplastics and heavy metals out of rivers and others form swarms so large they are picked up by weather satellites. This talk will delve into how these largely overlooked insects create an interconnected world in ways we don’t always expect.

Weird But Wonderful World of Worms: Tales From The Museum Collections

Emma Sherlock, Natural History Museum (London)
30 Mar 2023 13:00 – 14:00

The term “worm” is often used synonymously with earthworms, but nature is full of many fascinating worms that we are much less familiar with. this includes the predatory or blood-sucking leeches and the fascinating bristle worms found in our seas and oceans. Drawing on the incredible collections of the Natural History Museum London, we explore some fascinating worm specimens and learn how their study has led to some important, or often slightly strange, discoveries.

Celebrating Ladybirds: Developing Our Knowledge Through Citizen Science

Prof. Helen Roy MBE, UK Ladybird Survey / UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
03 Apr 2023 19:00 – 20:00

Ladybirds are much-loved insects. Our understanding of the ecology of these beautiful beetles has been in part from the contributions of many citizen scientists. Helen will provide some insights into the diverse and intriguing life histories of ladybirds.

Crawfish: Trending in South-west Britain

Dr Angus Jackson, Marine Conservation Society
06 Apr 2023 13:00 – 14:00

Crawfish (Palinurus elephas) are large, colourful crustacea that inhabit rocky seabeds along the west of Britain and Ireland, also known as spiny lobster. They were fished almost to extinction in south-west England towards the end of the last century. Excitingly, this economically valuable species has undergone a remarkable recovery in Cornwall and Devon since 2014. Angus will describe how we are now able to track and analyse trends in the crawfish population using citizen science records collected for Seasearch by volunteer divers. We need to understand such trends in abundance and distribution if we are to manage this recovering population into the future.

The London Bee Situation: How Sustainable Is Beekeeping in London?

Mark Patterson, Api:Cultural / London Beekeepers Association
17 Apr 2023 19:00 – 20:00

For more than 10 years London has seen an unprecedented rise in beekeeping across the city’s urban landscape. This talk will look at how sustainable beekeeping is in London and how it can impact other pollinators. In recent years well-meaning intentions have led to unsustainable actions.

Slipping Under The Radar: Recording Slugs in British Gardens

Imogen Cavadino, Royal Horticultural Society / Newcastle University
24 Apr 2023 19:00 – 20:00

Slugs are widely known as a problem for gardener’s, but surprisingly little recording has been done in UK gardens for them. In this talk we hear about the citizen science research Imogen has been running; from the species-specific Cellar Slug survey, to “Slugs Count” the first in-depth study of the British garden slug fauna since the 1940s. We’ll hear how over 22,000 new slug records made by the public have helped inform our understanding of the slug fauna in Britain and evidence the large scale changes we are seeing over recent decades.

DragonflyWatch: The National Dragonfly Recording Scheme

Eleanor Clover, British Dragonfly Society
27 Apr 2023 13:00 – 14:00

Dragonflies and damselflies make up the insect order Odonata and are the focus of the British Dragonfly Society (BDS). The BDS has accumulated over a million verified species occurrence records of dragonflies and damselflies have been accumulated through monitoring and recording of these fascinating insects, some dating back to the 19th century. This talk will provide an overview of the National Dragonfly Recording Scheme, how it influences dragonfly conservation and how you can get involved.

Big Wasp Survey: Investigating Social Wasp Populations Through Citizen Science

Prof. Seirian Sumner, University College London
04 May 2023 13:00 – 14:00

Big Wasp Survey is a citizen science initiative co-founded by Prof Seirian Sumner (University College London) and prof Adam Hart (University of Gloucestershire). Members of the UK public sample vespine wasps in their local area, and submit their data. BWS has been running for 5 years, and it’s giving us a really good view of the diversity and distribution of vespine wasps in the UK, as well as insights into what influences citizen scientists to participate year after year.

Restoration, Rearing & Reintroductions: Saving the Freshwater Pearl Mussel

Dr Louise Lavictoire, Freshwater Biological Association
11 May 2023 13:00 – 14:00

The Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is a fascinating species and a powerful ecosystem engineer in the UK’s rivers and streams. Many of the UK’s populations are in freefall with the youngest individuals in the wild being over 70 years old! Time is running out for this species. This talk will explore what the Freshwater Biological Association and partners are doing to bring this species back from the brink of extinction. 

Bees, Flowers and Pesticides: Using The National Honey Monitoring Scheme to Understand the Risks Posed to Bees in Farmlands

Ben Woodcock, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
18 May 2023 13:00 – 14:00

Honeybees and wild bees are a crucial part of our national biodiversity and support crop production. However, in farmlands they have suffered due to a loss of flowering resources, nesting habitats and exposure to pesticides. In this talk we will disuses what those risks are, how we can monitor them and whether there may be approaches we can use to reduce their impact.

Dr Penelope Whitehorn
25 May 2023 13:00 – 14:00

Bumblebees are some of the best-loved insect species but much remains to be discovered about them. In this talk, we’ll hear how 10 years of citizen science monitoring data has been used to reveal the different habitat preferences among 14 British bumblebee species. Penelope will discuss the variation among species and what this means for bumblebee conservation.


entoL!VE Season 2

The Tale of the Ivy Bee: A New Species of Bee to the British Isles

Aaron Bhambra, University of Birmingham
10 Aug 2023 19:00 – 20:00

This webinar will provide an overview of the ecology and behaviour of one of Britain’s newest insects! The Ivy bee is a species that was discovered in 1993 from specimens taken in Southern Europe. Since then, this charismatic and determined solitary bee has colonized the British Isles and established itself as an integral part of the UK’s fascinating pollinator fauna.

Gardening For Earthworms: The Mutual Benefits of an Earthworm-friendly Garden

Keiron Derek Brown, earthworm Society of Britain
17 Oct 2023 19:00 – 20:00

Earthworms are vital for maintaining healthy soils and provide a host of other benefits to garden habitats. However, few people realise we have 31 different species of earthworm in the British Isles, with differing requirements and providing different benefits. Keiron will provide tips and guidance on how you can improve the earthworm diversity and abundance within your garden, regardless of if you have a small urban garden or extensive grounds. 


Information for speakers

entoL!VE webinars are a great way to engage with the ecology and conservation community, bringing together amateur naturalists and students with experts and sector professionals. We deal with all the admin, technology and hosting so that speakers can focus on their presentations and answer any questions during the live Q&A. We aim to host one entoL!VE webinar per week, though this may vary. The webinars are usually 1 hour long and the general format can be found below

  • 5 minute intro by entoL!VE host
  • 40 minute presentation by guest speaker
  • 15 minute guest speaker Q&A session hosted by Keiron

Our audiences are interested in a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) ecology, identification, recording and conservation so we will organise talks on a variety of taxa and projects.

Applications are now open for the 2023 programme of events via the online entoL!VE Speaker Application Form.


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