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Spider Identification Using Microscopes (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Edward Milner
  • Date: Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 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)

There are over 670 different species of spiders in the Britain and at least 500 of these can only be reliably identified by looking a specimens under the microscope. This course is aimed at introducing people to the techniques of identifying British spiders under the microscope.

The day will begin with a very brief introduction to the diversity, biology and ecology of this fascinating group of animals, but we will quickly get into the practical work of identification and the emphasis will be on giving you first-hand experience under the supervision of your tutors.

It is an entirely lab-based day and you will be working with specimens provided by your tutors, though anyone that wants to bring dead specimens that they have collected and preserved themselves is welcome to. Your tutors will be able to help you to identify them.

Please note that this course will involve the use of specimens that have been killed and preserved.

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).

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