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Bushy Park Open Lab Day (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Keiron Brown (facilitator)
  • Date: Saturday 01 December 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Level: Open for Everyone

Location - FSC London: Bushy Park (see course brochure for more details)

These informal ‘Open Lab Days’ are for local invertebrate recorders of any level of experience to come together and work on their invertebrate ID skills, and/or catalogue and maintain their invertebrate collections. You will have access to our invertebrate identification resources, including our library, microscopes and lab equipment. These days are designed to be fun and sociable, with a chance to meet and work alongside other local naturalists. A FSC BioLinks project staff member will be on-hand to provide support and guidance and these Open Lab Days are free to attend (though we do ask that anyone intending to come contacts the relevant project staff member to let them know they will be coming).

Attendees also have access to tea and coffee making facilities but need to bring their own lunch and any other refreshments they require.

What can I work on in these sessions?

The Open Lab Days are designed to support local recorders and there is no prerequisite for attendees to have attended one of our courses, so please feel free to bring along any colleagues or friends that you think would be interested or forward this email on to them. Below is a list of some of the potential ways in which you could use the Open Lab Days.

  • Using the microscopes and literature to ID specimens that you have personally collected.
  • Using the facilities to pin out specimens and create your own reference collection.
  • Helping me sort malaise, pitfall and soil samples by organising the catch into the various invertebrate orders.
  • Pinning specimens from the traps mentioned above (no previous pinning experience required!).
  • Having a go at identifying some of the sorted specimens from traps mentioned above (no experience needed and Keiron will provide guidance).
  • Browsing through the literature library to improve your knowledge of the invertebrate groups we are studying.
  • Getting any earthworm identifications verified by Keiron (Keiron can also give a second opinion on other groups).
  • Taking pictures using our display microscope to add to your records and help you get your records verified.

Keiron Brown first became interested in invertebrates during a field-based entomology module at university and went on to volunteer on soil biodiversity research projects at the Natural History Museum (London). This included sorting samples of invertebrates to order level and sampling invertebrates across the New Forest in Hampshire and the Malaysian rainforests of Borneo.

Keiron now manages the FSC BioLinks project, with the aim of inspiring amateur naturalists to take up the identification and recording of invertebrate groups that are often forgotten and rarely recorded. In his spare time he is an active member, and trustee, of the London Natural History Society and is the national recorder for earthworms (running the National Earthworm Recording Scheme on behalf of the Earthworm Society of Britain).

This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

There is no formal booking form for this event. Please email Keiron Brown if you think you might come along.

Further Information

Course brochure

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