Dates are being revised due to Covid-19

Epping Forest is home to over 100 temporary and permanent ponds supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. Join us as we discover what lives in the ponds. Using nets we will catch invertebrates, then learn how to identify them and facts about them. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Freshwater Name Trail.

Course objectives:

  • be able to identify some of the animals that live in the pond and know more about them.

Tutor: Maaike Milligan

Maaike Milligan is a Senior Tutor with the Field Studies Council. She has an MSc in Aquatic Ecology and specialises in freshwater macroinvertebrates. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has worked on a wide range of research projects. She is also a qualified Biology Teacher.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration
10.00 Introduction
10.30 Session 1
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Session 2
15.30 Summary, questions, taking your interest further, and review
16.00 Course ends.

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided).
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