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Earthworm ID with Microscopes (SE Region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Keiron Brown and Kerry Calloway
  • Date: Wednesday 04 September 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course fee: £5

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There are 29 species of earthworm living freely in soils in the UK. They are vital to the economic health of our country, as they are crucial for soil health, food production, waste decomposition and even flood mitigation.  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: 

  • Learn 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 involve using specimens that have been killed and preserved. 

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.  

Kerry Calloway first became interested in soil invertebrates when volunteering on 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. This is also where she began specialising in earthworms. 

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

 

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