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Earthworm ID with Microscopes (WM Region)

  • Location: FSC Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Keiron Brown and Frank Ashwood
  • Date: Thursday 08 August 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course fee: £5

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This course will provide an introduction to identifying earthworms using the FSC AIDGAP Key to the Earthworms of the UK & Ireland. The course will include a short presentation introducing the ecological groups of earthworms and features used to identify specimens to species level. During the course participants will: 

Have learnt about the different ecological groups (or ecotypes) of earthworms 

Gain experience looking at earthworm ID features using a microscope. 

Use an ID key to determine earthworm specimens accurately to species level. 

Know how to take their interest further. 

Please note that this course will using specimens that have been killed and preserved.  This course is aimed at adults only and is not suitable for children. 

Keiron Derek Brown first became interested in invertebrates during a field-based entomology module at university and went on to volunteer on soil biodiversity research projects at the Natural History Museum (London). This included sorting samples of invertebrates to order level and sampling invertebrates across the New Forest in Hampshire and the Malaysian rainforests of Borneo.

Keiron now manages the FSC BioLinks project, with the aim of inspiring amateur naturalists to take up the identification and recording of invertebrate groups that are often forgotten and rarely recorded. In his spare time he is an active member, and trustee, of the London Natural History Society and is the national recorder for earthworms (running the National Earthworm Recording Scheme on behalf of the Earthworm Society of Britain).


Dr Frank Ashwood's passion for nature led him to study Biology at university, where he carried out research projects into invertebrate ecology in Scotland and Mexico. Frank then worked on a number of UK biodiversity research projects where he carried out identification for various ground invertebrates, before undertaking a PhD studying earthworm ecology on reclaimed landfill sites. He now works as a soil ecologist for Forest Research, where he studies soil biodiversity in UK woodlands. In his spare time Frank is a passionate communicator on soil biology, and volunteers as the research officer for the Earthworm Society of Britain.


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

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

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