Guest a at a beauty spot will be given a gory insight into the grim work of a forensic expert who uses her knowledge of insects to study dead bodies and bring killers to justice.
Amoret Whitaker is a forensic entomologist at the Natural History Museum, whose research has taken her to the famous “Body Farm” in Tennessee, where she studies insects on donated human cadavers.
She studies the life cycle and age of insects, such as maggots and larvae, feeding on bodies to help establish how long a person has been dead.
Her specialist services are called upon by teams of detectives who are investigating murders and want to pinpoint a time of death.
She is one of only three forensic entomologists in the UK to do so.
Her first case was that of teenager Shafilea Ahmed who parents were jailed for life for murdering her when she rejected an arranged marriage.
Amoret’s most recent work focuses on the differences between the decomposing pigs and humans in decomposition studies, and the use of thermal imaging to investigate maggot mass temperatures.
She is the key speaker at the event, staged by the Lancashire and Cheshire Entomological Society, and will give guests a “fly on the wall” insight into her work.
The Society is holding its annual show at Brockholes Nature Reserve on Sunday between 11am and 3pm.
Today Brockholes staff warned the talk - which features pictures of maggots - is not for the faint hearted.
Lorraine Cheesmur, from the reserve, said: “It will be quite in depth - maybe don’t come if you are squeamish. But it will be fascinating.
“We are very excited at having Amoret speak at the event.
“It’s a major coup for us because she is a leading expert in this area.
“She is also very friendly and is someone who speaks in an entertaining and engaging way.”
There will be an array of other talks, walks, exhibitions and field work sessions during the event, highlighting the work of the Lancashire and Cheshire Entomological Society.
Among creatures the speakers will look at are bees, ladybirds, water bugs and beetles.