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Field ID of Millipedes (SE Region)

  • Location: Perivale Wood
  • Tutor: Steve Gregory
  • Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Beginners
  • Course Fee (1): £5

There are over 60 different species of millipede occurring naturally outdoors in the British Isles and some of these can be identified and recorded in the field using a certain field characters and a hand lens.

This course will include classroom sessions and practice at identifying live millipedes in the field or back in the classroom (before releasing them). On this course you will be: 

  • introduced to millipede ecology
  • shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
  • shown how to look closely at living specimens
  • practice identification techniques and learn where to go for help
  • introduced to submitting millipede records


 This course is intended for adults only so it is not suitable for children. 

Steve Gregory 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 Woodlouse Recording Scheme.

Steve is also author of Woodlice and Waterlice in Britain and Ireland (2009), an updated account of the distribution and habitat preferences of the British and Irish fauna. He has had an interest in woodlice, millipedes and centipedes for many years and has published a number of scientific papers on all three groups. His particular interests include the ecology and distribution (biogeography) of the British fauna and current projects include woodlice, millipedes and centipedes of heated ‘tropical’ glasshouses and those occurring in the south Wales valleys.


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

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