Despite slugs and snails being a regular occurrence in our gardens and green spaces, many people know very little about them. Many people are unaware that we have around 40 species of slugs and 99 species of snails within the UK, and that many of these are not the ‘garden menace’ they are made out to be, with many providing valuable ecosystem services to our environments. Join us to learn how incredible these often underappreciated animals are.

If you’re interested in finding out more about slugs and snails but don’t feel ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this is the course for you. Learn To Love Slugs and Snails is a gentle introduction to UK molluscs, introducing aspects of their biology, ecology and behaviour.

This course combines the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities led by one of our expert tutors, to give individuals the skills and confidence to learn more about the lives and ecological roles of both slugs and snails.

  • Certificate upon course completion.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
  • Please note that this course is NOT a species identification course.

This course is aimed at adults only and course attendees must be at least 18 years old in order to attend.

What will be covered during this course?

  • Differentiating slugs and snails and discussing their place in the animal kingdom.
  • An introduction to UK slug and snail, including their anatomy and morphology.
  • An overview of the species diversity of slugs and snails within the UK.
  • The ecological roles of different groups of slugs and snails.
  • How to go about finding slugs and snails in different habitats.
  • Please note that this course is NOT a species identification course
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

See the ‘Example Timetable’, ‘What’s Included’ and ‘Before YouAttend’ sections below for more information about this course.

Course Fees

Regular Price: £75   For professionals and residents outside of the UK.  Select ‘Attendee: In Person’ Sold Out

Subsidised Price: £10   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 ‘Attendee Subsidised: In Person’

Tutor: Rosemary Winnall

Rosemary has had a life-long interest in many aspects of natural history. She was one of the founder members of the Wyre Forest Study Group and, with others, has written and edited 'The Nature of Wyre - A Wildlife-Rich Forest in the Heart of Britain'. She worked as a teacher, and prior to retirement ran the Forestry Commission’s Wyre Forest Discovery Centre providing environmental education days for children and adults of all ages. She is committed to biological recording and encouraging others to do likewise. She is a member of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland and enjoys recording marine and terrestrial molluscs.

Covid Measures

In order to keep our customers and staff safe we ask that anyone attending our centres:

  • wears a face covering when in shared indoor space (unless exempt).
  • maintains social distancing.
  • cleans their hands regularly.
  • takes a Covid-19 test before they arrive.

Example Timetable

  • Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00 am.
  • Refreshments will be available from 9.45 am.
  • The course will end at 4:00 pm.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • 6 hours of tuition
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Any excursions will be on foot

Bursaries and Subsidies

FSC BioLinks

FSC BioLinks is an exciting project for FSC in the South East and West Midlands, bringing together existing volunteers with skills in biological recording and identification, and new volunteers.

This project provides subsidised training courses, learning opportunities and digital tools focussed on invertebrate identification for anyone involved or interested in biological recording, to build and strengthen the community.

Invertebrates provide us with many useful ecosystem services, like pollination and decomposition, which we cannot survive without but their numbers are declining. Few people know how to identify or record invertebrates meaning there is a lack of data

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £1.23 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for this project.

Before You Attend

Getting to FSC Bishops Wood

FSC Bishops Wood, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9SE

  • By car from Kidderminster: (M5, A38, A449 southbound) On the M5 heading southbound coming off at junction 5, taking the third exit on the roundabout to get onto the A38. at the first roundabout take the third exit onto Kidderminster Road going straight over the next roundabout sticking to Kidderminster Road. At the second left turn to follow Doverdale Lane. Once you have come to a sign turning right onto the A449 take it until you get to the Mitre Oak pub on your left. Take the first exit on the roundabout onto Bishops Wood Lane, finally taking the first left on you will arrive at Bishops Wood Field Centre.
  • By car from Worcester: (M5, A449 northbound) On the M5 heading northbound, take Junction 6 to Worcester/ Kidderminster taking the second exit heading for the A449 northbound, continuing for 9 miles. At the roundabout with the Mitre Oak pub take the first exit onto Stourport Road. Take the first left onto Bishops Wood Lane, finally taking the first left on you will arrive at Bishops Wood Field Centre.
  • By train: The nearest station to the centre is Hartlebury. From here, it is a two-mile walk to FSC Bishops Wood, or a short taxi ride.

What to bring

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Lunch
  • Hand lens (if you have one)

Due to the outside nature of part of this course, participants are advised to bring suitable clothing and footwear in order to access the site in various weather conditions.

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

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