Course: Introduction to Spider Survey and Identification

Field Studies Council

Millport, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Sunday 4th September 2022

Cost: £60

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

This beginner spider course will cover their ecology, various survey techniques, and how to identify these amazing animals.

There are over 650 species of spider known in the UK. These invertebrates can be important indicators for assessing the condition of habitats and can be of conservation importance in their own right.

This beginner course will cover the process and key skills needed to identify spiders, and how to use microscopes and work with preserved specimens. This course will include a combination of classroom learning elements, fieldwork and laboratory work.

You will spend your time on the beautiful Isle of Cumbrae on the Firth of Clyde, West Scotland at our Millport centre surrounded by the rich history as a marine research station.

PLEASE NOTE the course fee is for tuition only. There is no accommodation provided with this course. If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at Millport, please email [email protected]

What will be covered during this course?

  • Spider survey techniques
  • Spider identification
  • Combination of field and laboratory work

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the different spider survey techniques.
  • Identify spiders with the aid of appropriate keys.
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our fantastic tutor will combine the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities to give individuals the skills and confidence to progress their learning.

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