CHRIS FOSTER, BOC , University of Reading. A birder’s guide to insects and the birds that depend on them


Heath Fritillary – one of Britain’s rarest species of butterfly (Chris Foster)

21st March 2018

In late summer, when birds are moulting and hard to find, many birders turn to insects like butterflies or dragonflies for entertainment. But beyond these showy creatures there’s a whole world of less-obvious insects that are equally fascinating and often represent key food sources for the birds we love. Chris’s talk will introduce insects group by group through the eyes of the birds which depend on them. Using tips and tricks familiar to birders – from ‘jizz’ to recognising songs – he’ll also show that birders already have the skills to start identifying insects out of what can seem a bewildering multitude of species.