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Spider Identification weekend

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Nigel Cane-Honeysett and Richard Gallon
  • Dates: Friday 05 October 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Full course - resident: £50
  • Full course - non-resident: £30
  • Saturday only: £20
  • Sunday only: £20

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.

There are over 600 species of spider in the UK! Some can be identified in the field, but the majority require close examination under a microscope and use of a key to identify them. Around a third of the UK’s spider species are ‘money spiders’ - small, shiny, usually black or dark red spiders! Identifying them to species level is difficult and requires patience and practice!

This course is designed as a weekend course, starting with an Introduction on Friday evening and then focusing on general spider identification using microscopes on Saturday, before progressing to money spider identification on Sunday. There will be both taught elements to the course, plus time to practice spider identification yourself with the support of spider experts.

Although we believe you will get the most out of the course by attending the whole weekend, the Saturday and Sunday are both available to book as stand-alone day courses, including a cooked lunch.

Most of the course will be classroom-based, but it may include some visits to the centre grounds so please dress appropriately.

Nigel Cane-Honeysett is a founding member of the Shropshire Spider Group (SSG) and is the British Arachnological Society’s Vice County Recorder for Shropshire and West Midlands Regional Organiser. He manages the database of Spiders and Har-vestmen found in Shropshire. He has taken a pivotal role in the development of the SSG, organising many field meetings and nurturing a fledgling group of active re-corders.

Richard Gallon is the Newsletter Editor for the British Arachnological Society and has studied British spiders since 1995. Based in North Wales, he is an active spider recorder and is regularly involved in conservation survey work. He also studies the taxonomy of African tarantula spiders and has described a number of new species and genera over the years, and is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University’s Hope Museum. Richard works for Cofnod, the Local Environmental Records Centre in North Wales.

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

Further Information

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Full course - resident : £50


Full course - non-resident : £30


Saturday only : £20


Sunday only : £20


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