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Spider Identification Using Microscopes (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Lawrence Bee
  • Date: Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Non-resident: £5

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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.

Lawrence Bee has worked for over 30 years in providing practical environmental education activities to school groups - both in the primary sector, and to secondary and undergraduate students. As an experienced arachnologist, he has undertaken arachnid surveys in Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire, led training workshops on spider identification and regularly gives lectures to local natural history groups on a range of subjects. 

Lawrence is also a council member of the British Arachnological Society (BAS) and has produced a number of spider-related publications including the ‘Spider collection techniques’ chapter of ‘The Arachnologists Handbook’, the FSC ‘Spiders in the house and garden’ fold out chart and the recent ‘Britain’s Spiders – A Field Guide’, which has been well received by arachnologists and the wider natural history community.

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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