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Millipede ID with Microscopes (SE Region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Steve Gregory
  • Date: Thursday 03 October 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • 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.

There are over 60 different species of millipede occurring naturally outdoors in the British Isles. Most species are detritivores and play an essential role in the breakdown of leaf litter. However, some could be considered scavengers and will feed on dead animal material and other species are herbivores that graze on algae and lichens.


This course will include a short presentation introducing the features used to identify specimens to species level before a series of practical sessions in the lab. During the course participants will:

  • Have learnt about the different orders of British millipedes
  • Gain experience looking at millipede ID features using a microscope.
  • Use an ID key to determine millipede specimens accurately to species level.
  • Know how to take their interest further

Please note that this course may involve using specimens that have been killed and preserved.  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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