Course: Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology

Field Studies Council

Epping Forest, Essex
Saturday 29 June 2019

www.field-studies-council.org enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org 020 8502 8500

Cost: £35

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife


Epping Forest is home to over 100 temporary and permanent ponds supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. This course will provide an introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field. This will be a practical course with ample opportunity to sample and identify specimens from several different ponds.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have an awareness of a wide variety of freshwater life.
  • Be confident using a key to identify freshwater invertebrates.
  • Know how to safely sample freshwater ponds.
  • Understand the challenges facing freshwater life in the UK and how to submit records
  • Have a good understanding of how to best maintain ponds for wildlife.

Course Fee includes: FSC guide Freshwater Name Trail.

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.


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