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Woodlice Identification Using Microscopes (SE region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Steve Gregory
  • Date: Wednesday 24 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 around 40 different species of woodlice occurring naturally outdoors in the British Isles, with further species found in artificial environments such as heated glasshouses.

This course is aimed at introducing people to the techniques of identifying British woodlice 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.

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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