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Field Identification of Beetles (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Katy Potts
  • Date: Thursday 13 September 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Beginners
  • Non-resident: £5

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

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

This course will look at different types of beetle and how to identify a select few distinctive species in the field. On this course you will be:

  • introduced to beetle ecology
  • shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
  • shown how to use a pooter and hand lens to look closely at living specimens
  • practice identification techniques
  • shown how to get help with identification of beetles
  • introduced to submitting beetle records and the various beetle recording schemes

There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying beetles in the field. We will collect beetles from Bushy Park and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.

Please note that this course is a course for beginners and absolutely no experience of beetles is needed – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.

Katy Potts has been fascinated by Beetles since 2013 when she was introduced to them by a professor when studying Conservation Biology at university. She now works at London’s Natural History Museum in the Beetle department where she is curatorial assistant working on an African Beetle project. She was also one of the first year trainees on the Identification Trainers for the Future project at the NHM (which was in partnership with the Field Studies Council) where she spent the year training in species identification and studied teaching so that she could then pass these skills on to others. Katy also co-manages the National Longhorn Recording Scheme which collects and manages all records for Longhorn Beetles in Britain. Katy has a real passion for Beetles and hopes to inspire others on this Learn to Love Beetles course.

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

Further Information

Course brochure


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