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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Identifying & Recording Woodlice

  • Location: YHA South Downs
  • Tutor: Steve Gregory
  • Dates: Friday 08 November 2019 to Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Sole Occupancy: £50
  • Shared Room: £30
  • Non-resident: £20

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.

Please note, this course will now be held at YHA South Downs  due to building works going on at Juniper Hall at this time. 

Woodlice (order Isopoda: suborder Oniscidea) are important decomposers and amongst the most accessible groups of invertebrates to study. 40 species are present in the UK and they occur in a wide range of habitats. However, our present knowledge of the status and distribution of woodlice remains patchy as they are under-recorded. Although they can be found all year, woodlice are considerably easier to find in autumn and spring, when conditions are damp, but mild so this weekend will be a mixture of classroom and field sessions.  

On this course you will: 

  • Learn about the fascinating natural history and important ecological role of woodlice.  
  • Learn and practice the field techniques needed to find and collect them. 
  • Use microscopes, keys, and preserved specimens, to learn how to identify them down to species level.
  • Find out how to record woodlice and how take your interest further. 





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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Sole Occupancy : £50

Shared Room : £30

Non-resident : £20

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