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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology

  • Location: Epping Forest
  • Tutor: Maaike Milligan
  • Date: Saturday 29 June 2019
  • Times: 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Beginners

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

Course Details

Epping Forest is home to over 100 temporary and permanent ponds supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. This course will provide an introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field. This will be a practical course with ample opportunity to sample and identify specimens from several different ponds.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have an awareness of a wide variety of freshwater life.
  • Be confident using a key to identify freshwater invertebrates.
  • Know how to safely sample freshwater ponds.
  • Understand the challenges facing freshwater life in the UK and how to submit records
  • Have a good understanding of how to best maintain ponds for wildlife.

Course Fee includes: FSC guide Freshwater Name Trail.

Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.

Marine Biological Association (MBA) Members and Marine Conservation Society Members - 10% discount 

If you are a Member of the MBA or the MCS you can enjoy a 10% discount on this course.

Please use the appropriate voucher code at the checkout:

MBA Members - MBA10

MCS Members - MCS10

You will be asked for proof of membership before we take the money.


Maaike Milligan is a Senior Tutor with the Field Studies Council. She has an MSc in Aquatic Ecology and specialises in freshwater macroinvertebrates. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has worked on a wide range of research projects. She is also a qualified Biology Teacher.


  • 09:45 – Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 – Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates
  • 10:30 – Field session: introduction to sampling freshwater ponds
  • 11:15 – Field Identification of Freshwater Invertebrates
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Field session: assessing the health of freshwater ponds using BMWP (Biological Monitoring Working Party)
  • 15:00 - The ecological status and importance of freshwater habitats in the UK – what we can do to help our own pond habitats.
  • 15:30 – Discussion and summary
  • 16:00 – Course ends

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to Bring:

  • Weather-appropriate outdoor clothing
  • Packed lunch

Health & Safety and Accessibility:

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground

Meeting Point / Location:

FSC Epping Forest, High Beach, Loughton, Essex IG10 4AF

FSC in Epping Forest:

FSC Epping Forest is situated in the heart of Epping Forest and manages the field centre on behalf of the City of London since its opening in 1971. As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the forest is nationally important for wildlife and offers a wide range of learning opportunities.


Further Information

About Epping Forest
Directions to Epping Forest

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

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