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Identifying Springtails

This course intends to introduce these animals to beginners, and will suit anyone with an interest in small-scale entomology, or the biodiversity of soil ecosystems.
2 Oct 2009 until 4 Oct 2009 Preston Montford Field CentrePreston Montford, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1DX  

Collembola (springtails) are among the most widespread animal groups in the world and can be found in any soil, in most canopies and most seashores. Despite this they are under-recorded due to their generally cryptic habits and the frequent need for microscopic examination to assign a reliable name. This course intends to introduce these animals to beginners, and will suit anyone with an interest in small-scale entomology, or the biodiversity of soil ecosystems. The course will feature introductory lectures on these animals, field collection of material from which Collembola may be extracted, and laboratory experience of using the FSC - AIDGAP key to this important group.

Instructor Dr Peter Shaw is a senior lecturer in Biosciences at Roehampton University, and UK recorder for the Collembola (springtails). He has studied Collembola in pine forests, heathlands, grasslands and brownfield sites.

Costs: Sole Occupancy Room: £230, Shared Room: £210,

Non-Res: £147

To find out more or book a place, please visit the website using the link below, where it is possible to book online. Alternatively you can e-mail using the address shown or telephone 0845 330 7378.

This course is part of the FSC programme of Professional Development Courses and is accredited by the University of Birmingham. You can find out more in the Professional Development section of the FSC website.

Type: Short Course
Last change 14/08/2009 10:49:00