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Identifying and Recording Centipedes

  • Location: Juniper Hall
  • Tutor: Tony Barber
  • Dates: Friday 31 August 2018 to Sunday 02 September 2018
  • Level: Open for Everyone

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

Over 50 species of centipedes are known to occur in the wild in Britain and, despite being animals that often live in proximity to humans and can be found in almost any garden as well as in “wild” locations, centipedes are hugely under-recorded.

This is an introduction to these predatory invertebrates and why they are worth taking a closer look at. The first evening will involve learning about centipedes and the role that they play in the environment. During the weekend, we will survey Juniper Hall and its surroundings for centipedes and learn how to identify specimens in a lab-based identification workshop using microscopes.

This course is about gaining an introduction to centipedes, to build confidence in starting to identify this group and demonstrating how to make your observations count by submitting your records to the Centipede Recording Scheme. By the end of the weekend we aim to be able to identify centipedes using the FSC AIDGAP ‘Key to the Identification of British Centipedes’ and a microscope.

No previous knowledge of centipedes or experience of using identification keys/microscopes is needed to enjoy this course – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.

Please note that this course will involve the collection, killing and preservation of specimens.

Tony Barber 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 Centipede Recording Scheme. Tony produced both the FSC AIDGAP ‘Key to the Identification of British Centipedes’ (2008) and the Linnean Society Synopsis (New Series) 58 ‘Centipedes’ (2009). He has had an interest in myriapods (centipedes & millipedes) for many years and has published a number of scientific papers on them including, as joint author, the Provisional Atlas of Centipedes of the British Isles (1988) and is currently working on a new atlas for Britain & Ireland. Particular interests include the ecology and distribution of centipedes, the means by which centipedes and millipedes disperse from one place to another.

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

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

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