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Weevil ID with Microscopes (WM Region)

  • Location: FSC Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Mark Gurney
  • Date: Sunday 27 October 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course Fee: £5

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Weevils are a charismatic and fascinating group of beetles, with over 600 species. Traditionally they have been viewed as difficult to identify and so have not been a popular group for study; however, with practice and guidance, you can soon become familiar with their identification features and be able to identify them to genus and species level.

This course will begin with a presentation introducing you to weevil ecology and what identification features to look for under a microscope. We will then move on to using the microscopes to identify specimens by working through identification keys and guides.

Please note that this course will involve using specimens that have been killed and preserved.  This course is intended for adults only so it is not suitable for children.   

Mark is a life-long naturalist who has been developing new identification guides to weevils. He has experience of almost every British species in the group, and he values a clear, illustrated approach to identification. He has run courses and workshops for the RSPB, the Natural History Museum, and the Wildlife Trusts. 

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

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