Learn field identification and essential skills for insect surveys and monitoring programmes.
Tutor: Phil Ward
The mainly field-based sessions will focus on observing and identifying large insects such as butterflies, dragonflies, moths and beetles. Practical methods of capturing and handling specimens found in various habitats around the venue will be tried. This will include using pit-fall traps for those that crawl, beating and sweep-nets and hopefully light trapping for night fliers. These insects are large enough to have plenty of features that easily seen with the naked eye and their behaviour can be readily observed. You will be guided to develop the observation skills and knowledge to enable you to identify many of these larger insects. As an important component of a healthy food web, the state of these insect populations is an early indicator of environmental change.
Fee: £100 (£80 concessions**)
Please go to http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/sell/lifelong-learning/ for all enquiries and bookings.
Please enquire about the fee waiver scheme which applies to all SELL Courses. If you have no first degree, reside in Wales and are in receipt of certain state benefits, you may be able to get your course fees subsidised.
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