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Over 4000 different species of beetles occur in Britain. Their huge diversity in form, behaviour and ecology make them a fascinating group to study and observe but also can make them seem daunting to beginners.

Find out about the lifestyle and varied forms of one of the UK’s most numerous and varied groups of invertebrates. The course will arm beginners with the underpinning knowledge of beetle biology, ecology, behaviour and basic collection methods in order to embark on their beetle journey.

This course is comprised of 4 modules, expected to completed within a four week period and utilises expertise from experienced coleopterists.

This is a new online training course from the FSC BioLinks project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Field Studies Council.

This course is aimed at adults and covers the following topics from the Eco-Skills Beetle Learning Framework:

  • BTL001 Beetle Biology
  • BTL002 Beetle Ecology
  • BTL003 Finding Beetles
  • BTL004 Beetle Behaviour

An e-certificate of course completion will be sent to any participants that successfully complete all of the course components.


Regular Price: £60 (for professionals and residents outside of the UK) Select ‘Attendee’

Subsidised Price: £20 (subsidised by the FSC Biolinks project for non-professionals eg. volunteers, biological recorders, wildlife gardeners, amateur naturalists and students. Available to UK residents only.) Select ‘Discounted (Option1)’

Tutor: Dan Asaw

Dan is a keen educator and Coleopterist. He has experience working within education as a teaching assistant and loves the opportunity to share his experiences and knowledge with a range of audiences. Dan's interest in invertebrates started at a young age and as a teenager he was already rearing praying mantids in his bedroom. From there, he began rearing exotic invertebrate disease vectors for scientific research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In his spare time, he has volunteered integrating UK beetles into the Natural History Museum Collection. He is often found digging through wood piles and utilising a variety of trapping methods to find and identify beetles. He is an active member of the Herts Invertebrate project and Hertfordshire Natural History Society, and has helped generate some significant county records in this capacity.

Teaching Location: Online

Closer to the time of the course start date, attendees will be given access to the FSC's online learning platform.

There will be a number of resources for you to work through in your own time and weekly live webinars with the course tutor (see timetable).

These webinars will be hosted on Zoom, a free videoconferencing platform. We will email all attendees details of how to access the online course and the webinars closer to the course start date.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Time commitment: 4 weeks, 3-4 hours per week

This course will require approximately 3 - 4 hours of your time each week, and consists of four weekly topics.

For each topic there will be a number of resources and activities for you to work through in your own time, as well as assignments for you to complete before the end of the week.

Each topic will end with a 45 minute live webinar with the course tutor, these will consist of discussions and exercises that reflect on the learning of the previous week.

Live Webinars

The webinars will take place every Wednesday for the duration of the course and there are two live webinar time available (1:00pm or 6:00pm GMT) to fit around your work schedule.

The webinars will take place on:

  • Wednesday 17th March 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm & 6:00pm - 6:45pm
  • Wednesday 24th March 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm & 6:00pm - 6:45pm
  • Wednesday 31st March 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm & 6:00pm - 6:45pm
  • Wednesday 7th April 2021, 1:00pm-1:45pm & 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Attendees can choose to attend either the 1:00pm or 6:00pm webinars (the same content will be covered during both sessions).

Example Timetable

Week 1: Beetle Biology

  • Self-study material: available from 10/03/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 15/03/2021
  • Week 1 Live Webinar: 17/3/2021 (at either 1:00pm  or 6:00pm)

Week 2: Beetle Ecology

  • Self-study material: available from 17/03/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 22/03/2021
  • Week 2 Live Webinar: 24/3/2021 (at either 1:00pm  or 6:00pm)

Week 3: Finding Beetles

  • Self-study material: available from 24/03/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 30/03/2021
  • Week 3 Live Webinar: 31/3/2021 (at either 1:00pm  or 6:00pm)

Week 4: Beetle Behaviour

  • Self-study material: available from 31/03/2021
  • Assignments due: 6:00pm on 05/03/2021
  • Week 3 Live Webinar: 7/4/2021 (at either 1:00pm  or 6:00pm)

The final deadline to complete any outstanding assignments and self-study components is 14/4/2021.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • access to course content through the FSC virtual learning platform
  • access to weekly live virtual classroom sessions with the course tutor through Zoom
  • e-certificate upon course completion

Before You Attend

Once you've signed up to the course you'll receive an e-mail with access to the virtual learning platform (Moodle) a week before the first webinar.

Log on as soon as you can to familiarise yourself with the platform and course materials, and be sure to complete the first activities before the first webinar.

Webinars are delivered through Zoom, so you don't need to download any additional software to attend - just click the link just before the meeting is due to start and it will open in your web browser.