Introduction to Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets
- Location: Flatford Mill
- Tutor: John Biglin
- Date: Saturday 21 July 2018
- Times: 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
- Level: Open for Everyone
- NON-RESIDENT: £85
As a group the grasshoppers and bushcrickets are manageable for someone with an interest in natural history to get to know in a day. There will be a mix of presentations, fieldwork and identification using various guides. There are only a few species, many of which are quite common and can be found in most habitats. You will learn how to distinguish between bushcrickets and grasshoppers and find out about their lifecycles and ecology. You will get to identify grasshoppers and bushcrickets collected in the field and gain a good understanding of what makes them hop.
Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS) and Suffolk Naturalists Society (SNS) have kindly offered a bursary to support individuals who wish to attend this course to help provide people with the skills and experience to identify and record Suffolk wildlife. Further info can be found HERE.
John Biglin has had a passion for the natural world since an early age and has been involved with land management and wildlife for most of his career. During that career he has had jobs which spanned work as diverse as museum curator, habitat surveyor, urban wildlife project manager and head of parks for a local authority. Currently he runs his own consultancy (www.anglianparksandwildlife.co.uk). As an experienced ecologist and land manager John has set up and run urban wildlife projects, surveyed thousands of acres of habitat, established local nature reserves and managed almost every kind of natural open space within lowland Britain both on the ground and at a strategic and policy level. He has a real enthusiasm for wildlife which is based on knowledge and experience whilst at the same time being quite infectious. The enthusiasm comes over quite strongly in his work with people doing things like guided walks, talks and radio shows. In natural history his special interest is British insects, though he also has a thorough working knowledge of our native plants, animals and habitats. He is a keen supporter of the arts, a musician, photographer and keen volunteer on things as varied as being a green flag award judge and running historic tours.
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