Invertebrate Challenge

Invertebrate Challenge logoInvertebrate Challenge ran between 2011 and 2014 (inclusive). It aimed to:

  • develop volunteer invertebrate recorders who are knowledgeable and confident to accurately record invertebrates
  • increase the numbers of invertebrate recorders in Shropshire and the surrounding area
  • raise the profile of the role of invertebrates as indicators of healthy bio-diverse habitats

Evidence for this project grew out of Biodiversity Training Project (BTP) which preceeded it.  In particular the project aimed to provide not only training but access to specialist identification keys and use of stereo microscopes and other equipment. There was an emphasis on tutors also activing as mentors to support learning in between training events. As well as supporting invertebrate study Invertebrate Challenge worked with the Shropshire Ecological Data Network (SEDN) to continue building Shropshire's virtual local record centre.

The FSC Invertebrate Challenge project officer was Pete Boardman who was also the SEDN invertebrate tsar and managed the Shropshire invertebrate database.

This project was funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust, The Clive Tate Memorial Fund, Shropshire Council and the Field Studies Council.

FSC Invertebrate Challenge PDF newsletters

PDFDownload Vol. 1 (spring 2010)

PDFDownload Vol. 2 (autumn 2010)

PDFDownload Vol. 3 (spring 2011)

PDFDownload Vol. 4 (autumn 2011)

PDFDownload Vol. 5 (spring 2012)

PDFDownload Vol. 6 (autumn 2012)

PDFDownload Vol. 7 (spring 2013)

PDFDownload Vol. 8 (spring 2014)

PDFDownload vol. 9 (autumn 2014)

PDFDownload vol. 10 (spring 2015)

Other FSC Invertebrate Challenge resources

PDFShropshire micros provisional species list version 1 (April 2011)

PDFSphaerophoria terminalia images to clarify diagrams on pages 104 -107 in Stubbs & Falk - British Hoverflies

PDFProvisional account and atlas of the craneflies of Shropshire 2007

PDFShropshire Shieldbug Atlas information pack

PDFChitinous bridge feature explained – in reference to Stubbs & Falk – British Hoverflies

PDFInvert Challenge Library Catalogue as of 23rd January 2014

PDFA Guide to the Shropshire Orthoptera and Dermaptera

PDFRea Brook Valley Report 2014

PDFInvertebrate Challenge Evaluation Report

PDFShropshire Dragonfly News 2015

PDFShropshire's Earwigs