EVENTS: Refugia and Biodiversity Hotspots: Is the Past Key to the Present?
A symposium at the Natural History Museum. December 11th, 2018.
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African Natural History Research Trust

The objectives of ANHRT are to advance the education of the public in general on the subject of African natural history and to promote research for the public benefit in all aspects of that subject and publish or exhibit the useful results.

Research

We are a research institute dedicated to the study of African insects, primarily moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera). Our research scientists and curators regularly collaborate with specialists from around the world, making our collections available to the international research community. African Natural History Research Trust’s (ANHRT) state of the art laboratories have ample bench space for staff and visiting researchers with a wide range of specialist scientific equipment and literature available to utilize.

Expeditions

ANHRT has a team of staff dedicated to organising and conducting collecting and research expeditions to a wide range of countries in Africa, in partnership with host institutions and government bodies. Due to the rapid growth of industry in Africa, remote and often unique habitats are being lost or damaged beyond repair and ANHRT endeavour to gather data and understand the insect diversity in these localities before it is too late.  Where possible, we revisit the same collecting sites over a number of years and in different seasons to build up a picture of the insect fauna at each site. We are always looking for new locations to visit in order to further our understanding of the insect diversity in Africa.

Museum Collections

African Natural History Research Trust (ANHRT) was established as a charity trust in  2010. Based in Herefordshire, the climate-controlled building currently houses nearly 100,000 mounted Lepidoptera specimens and more than 250,000 papered specimens. Our primary focus is on moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera), however we also house several thousand specimens of other insect orders. Our mission is to promote collections-based faunistic and taxonomic research whilst safeguarding these important collections and scientific resources for future generations.

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What do we do...?

We are a charity dedicated to the research and conservation of Afrotropical insects.

Our aims are:

  • To educate the public on the subject of African natural history and to promote research for public benefit.
  • To establish an important reference collection of African insects, particularly moths and butterflies.
  • To undertake research expeditions in Africa, working alongside local institutions to sample in unique and special habitats.
  • To identify the specimens collected on the expeditions and make them available for international researchers, with the aim of discovering and describing new species.

Building a reference collection provides opportunity for researchers from around the world to study specimens from previously poorly-studied areas. As the collection grows, we will make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the insect diversity of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Due to the rapid growth of industry in Africa, these remote and often unique habitats are being lost or damaged beyond repair. Where possible, we revisit collecting sites to conduct long-term surveys on insect diversity.

Our Museum

African Natural History Research Trust (ANHRT) was established as a charity trust in  2010.

In 2016 work began to create a purpose-built research centre and museum. Curators, researchers and a team of specimen preparators form the workforce of ANHRT. Within this purpose-built building the collections are housed within a mixture of historic and modern entomology cabinets. There is a dedicated research space and to aid identification there is a well-stocked library boasting rare volumes on African entomology not readily available online.

We strive to develop our reputation as an institution at the forefront of African entomological research. We work in partnership with other institutions around the world to facilitate PhD students, specialists, and researchers. Best practice is at the heart of all our work, coupled with an intensive Integrated Pest Management programme.

 

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