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Identification of Dragonflies and Damselflies

  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £295
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £270
  • NON-RESIDENT: £215

This course is aimed at those with a desire to learn more about these stunning insects. Open to all levels of ability we aim to introduce you close-up to a good number of our Shropshire species of dragonfly and damselfly, you will leave confident in your own abilites to identify them and make species records. Classroom sessions on identification, life history, larvae and exuviae will combined with a number of field visits to a range of aquatic habitats. This will allow you to put your skills into practice and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing.

Sue Rees Evans has served as the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies and the Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network for the last 8 years. During this time Sue wrote the Shropshire Dragonflies website which serves as an online atlas and hosts the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch flight season blog. Already an enthusiastic recorder of adult Dragonflies and Damselflies, an MSc in Biological Recording gave Sue the opportunity to dive into the world of larval and exuvial identification. With a real enthusiasm for hands on teaching, Sue has taught numerous courses on Dragonfly and Damselfly identification both as an Associate Tutor for the FSC and for various Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and projects further afield such as Cold-blooded and Spineless in the North Pennines. Though passing on the County Recorder role in 2018 Sue is looking forward to spending more time teaching and encouraging everyone to enjoy these fabulous insects.

Accreditation

This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. The University Certificate is being discontinued so is no longer open for new registration. Existing certificate students will be able to gain credits in the 2018/19 academic year. To gain university credits you must be registered for the Masters programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

The Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University. E-mail: [email protected]

There is assessment of the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC. For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at [email protected]

Further Information

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