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Looking at Springtails with Microscopes (WM region)

  • Location: Bishops Wood
  • Tutor: Pete Boardman
  • Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Non-resident: £5

Location: FSC Bishops Wood, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9SE

There are over 250 species of springtail in Britain. Most are very tiny, so are under-recorded, under-appreciated and under-loved! They are found in a range of habitats and have fascinating behaviours and ecosystem roles.

This day course will provide an introduction to the springtail families. The course will be mostly based in the classroom, using microscopes and preserved specimens to learn how to identify the different families. However we may spend some time in the field looking at collection techniques. The course is suitable for those with an interest in insects, and no experience of microscopes or springtails is necessary (but please note that we will be working with dead specimens, which are essential for identification in many cases). By the end of the day participants will:

  • Be able to recognise a number of distinctive springtail families
  • Be able to use keys and microscopes to confirm family level identification
  • Be familiar with some of the most frequently encountered species
  • Know how to record springtails
  • Know what to do to take their interest further.

Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch!

Pete Boardman has been involved in entomology in Shropshire and elsewhere over the last 25 years. He was a project officer at FSC from 2006 - 2015 and ran three successful projects encouraging biological recording, including the Invertebrate Challenge, the forerunner of BioLinks. He is a coordinator of the Cranefly Recording Scheme, Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and actively records a range of entomological groups including flies and collembola. He works for the Natural England Field Unit.

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

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