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Field Identification of Woodlice (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Steve Gregory
  • Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Beginners
  • Non-resident: £5

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

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

Some woodlice 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 woodlouse 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 of these terrestrial crustaceans
  • introduced to submitting woodlice records

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

Steve Gregory is a member of the British Myriapod and Isopod Group, one of the editors of the group’s annual Bulletin and organiser of the national Woodlouse Recording Scheme. Steve is author of Woodlice and Waterlice in Britain and Ireland (2009), an updated account of the distribution and habitat preferences of the British and Irish fauna. He has had an interest in woodlice, millipedes and centipedes for many years and has published a number of scientific papers on all three groups. His particular interests include the ecology and distribution (biogeography) of the British fauna and current projects include woodlice, millipedes and centipedes of heated ‘tropical’ glasshouses and those occurring in the south Wales valleys.

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

Further Information

Course brochure

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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