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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Introduction to Insects

  • Centre:  LE
  • Tutor:  Martin Harvey
  • Date : Saturday 22 June
  • Times: 9.30am - 4pm
  • NON-RESIDENT: £35

Insects (bees, beetles, flies, bugs etc.) are all around us, in just about every habitat. Some are popular, like butterflies or ladybirds, and some less so, such as mosquitoes and aphids, many are just overlooked. This course introduces the major groups of insects: how to find them, how to recognise them and how they use their habitats. Using sites in Greenwich Park.

Insects are fascinating creatures: many are attractive, and they can have fascinating life histories and behaviour. They also play important roles in ecosystems, for example in pollinating plants and providing food for birds, making the decline of many insect species a cause for concern.

This course introduces the major groups of insects: how to find them, how to recognise them and how they use their habitats. We will use a variety of techniques to find insects and work out what they are doing - are they friend, foe or neutral? London parks contain a huge number of species and this is your chance to get to know some of them better, and find out what you can do to study, record and conserve them.

 

Martin Harvey tutors regularly for FSC. He is an ecologist specialising in insect conservation, and also works at The Open University’s iSpot project, dedicated to helping people learn more about wildlife.

Further Information

Further Information

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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