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Looking at Freshwater Invertebrates with Microscopes (WM region)

  • Location: Head Office
  • Tutor: Charlie Bell
  • Date: Thursday 09 May 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • Booking fee: £5

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

Location - FSC Preston Montford (see course brochure for details)

Freshwater invertebrates are incredibly important for freshwater food webs and ecosystems and are an important stage in the life cycle of many invertebrates with land-based adult forms, such as dragonflies, mayflies and many true flies. They are also used extensively in monitoring water quality. However, many freshwater invertebrate groups are hugely under-recorded and many people know little about these fascinating groups, let alone how to differentiate between them. The sheer number of different invertebrate groups can be intimidating to the beginner, so it’s unsurprising that people are put off learning about the individual species.
This course is an introductory course aimed at those interested in learning more about ‘what makes a mayfly a mayfly?’ and will give a very basic overview of some of the features needed to identify which group a freshwater invertebrate belongs to. We will look at how to use microscopes and an identification key to classify freshwater invertebrates into their respective groups with preserved specimens. By the end of the day you will know how to determine if something is a mayfly or a stonefly and will have learned that looking at invertebrate features is not as difficult as you may imagine.
This course is an introductory course and absolutely no experience of identifying invertebrates, using microscopes or following an identification key is needed to enjoy this course – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.

Please note that this course will involve the use of specimens that have been killed and preserved.

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).

Further Information

Course brochure

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

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