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Field ID of Spiders (WM Region)

  • Location: Sandwell Valley RSPB
  • Tutor: Nigel Cane-Honeysett and Charlie Bell
  • Date: Thursday 12 September 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Beginners
  • Course fee: £5

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.

Many spiders can be identified and recorded in the field, with the aid of simple equipment such as spi-pots, pooters and small tubes, before being released again.  


On this course you will be: 

  • introduced to spider & harvestman ecology  

  • shown how to identify distinctive species and groups 

  • shown how to look closely at living specimens 

  • practice identification techniques 

  • shown how to get help with identification and all things spidery 

  • introduced to submitting spider records 

There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying spiders in the field. We will collect live spiders around the site and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.  Please note: this course is aimed at adults only and is not suitable for children. 

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 Harvestmen 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 recorders.   

Charlie Bell joined the FSC in Feb 2015 to work on the Tomorrow's Biodiversity project. She now works as the FSC BioLinks Project Officer in the West Midlands. Charlie's background is in conservation and ecology, and her varied entomological interests include freshwater invertebrates, moths, springtails, earthworms and spiders!  




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

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