Many spiders can be identified and recorded in the field, with the aid of simple equipment such as spi-pots, pooters and small tubes, before being released again. On this course you will be:
• introduced to spider & harvestman ecology
• shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
• shown how to look closely at living specimens
• practice identification techniques
• shown how to get help with identification and all things spidery
• introduced to submitting spider records
There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying woodlice in the field. We will collect live woodlice around the site and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.
About the tutor
Lawrence Bee has worked for over 30 years in providing practical environmental education activities to school groups – both in the primary sector, and to secondary and undergraduate students.
As an experienced arachnologist, he has undertaken arachnid surveys in Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire, led training workshops on spider identification and regularly gives lectures to local natural history groups on a range of subjects.
Lawrence is also a council member of the British Arachnological Society (BAS) and has produced a number of spider-related publications including the ‘Spider collection techniques’ chapter of ‘The Arachnologists Handbook’, the FSC ‘Spiders in the house and garden’ fold out chart and the recent ‘Britain’s Spiders – A Field Guide’, which has been well received by arachnologists and the wider natural history community.
Please note that this course is a course for beginners and absolutely no experience of woodlice is needed – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.
Further details can be found here: http://www.field-studies-council.org/media/4105692/300618-field-identification-of-spiders-dp-1-.pdf