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Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates

  • Location: Malham Tarn
  • Tutor: Sharon and Peter Flint
  • Dates: Friday 19 July 2019 to Monday 22 July 2019
  • Times: 04:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £375
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £345
  • NON-RESIDENT: £255

This is a course for both beginners and those with some experience who wish to improve their identification skills on aquatic macroinvertebrates. The Malham estate has a wide variety of aquatic habitats; not only the tarn itself but also ponds, streams and bogs; which support a wide variety of aquatic macroinvertebrates.

You will also have the opportunity to practice with correctly named specimens from other locations. The course focuses on field and laboratory skills training and self confidence in identification at whatever taxonomic level. The course content is flexible and can be tailored to the individual needs of participants. The course will include:

  • Field collection techniques
  • Preservation and curation of wet specimens
  • Use of identification keys including to species level for most groups
  • Some information on life histories
  • Introduction to recording distribution data

At the end of the course participants should be:

  • Confident about using the field techniques for collecting and preserving specimens
  • Able to recognise many aquatic insects, both adult and juvenile; and other macroinvertebrates; to class, order and even family level in the field
  • Confident in the use of microscopes and identification keys
  • Confident in using map references for recording.

Sharon Flint has over 20 years’ experience in identification of adult and juvenile aquatic insects and has taught identification and ecology to university students and professionals. She has worked on aquatic invertebrate surveys for Natural England, the RSPB and the private sector and has carried out research on the ecology of stoneflies and caddisflies. She works as an independent consultant on various projects and with a range of clients and carries out AQC work on aquatic invertebrate samples for consultancies. She is the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union recorder for Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera.

Peter Flint is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Past President of the Yorkshire Naturalists Union. He has been involved in entomology for over 50 years, has a wide ranging knowledge of both aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, and was curator of insects at Lancaster University for over 40 years.

Further Information

Course leaflet
About FSC Malham Tarn
Getting to FSC Malham Tarn


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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £375


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