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Field Identification of Spiders (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Edward Milner
  • Date: Wednesday 05 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)

Many spiders can be identified and recorded in the field, with the aid of simple equipment such as spi-pots, pooters and small tubes, before being released again. On this course you will be:

  • introduced to spider & harvestman ecology
  • shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
  • shown how to look closely at living specimens
  • practice identification techniques
  • shown how to get help with identification and all things spidery
  • introduced to submitting spider records

There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying spiders in the field. We will collect live spiders around the site 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 flies is needed – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.

Edward Milner is a spider ecologist and has undertaken professional spider surveys across many London sites. Edward is the British Arachnological Society area organiser for the Spider Recording Scheme in London, Middlesex, Orkney and Shetland. He also is the spider recorder for London Natural History Society and runs spider training and engagement events across London.

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

Further Information

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