Wildlife Training Workshop: Introduction to Water Beetle Families
About the event
Water beetles are a great introduction to aquatic invertebrates, or recording in general, as the keys are fairly mature and very useable. With roughly 281 species and 65 families/sub families it may seem a little daunting, but some are easily identifiable in the field and we will work through these on the day. They are a fascinating group, many of which have specific feeding and mating behaviours, with many being specialised predators. They are also great habitat indicators and can be used to monitor the health of aquatic habitats.
This workshop is aimed at the beginner, and using a new family identification guide and preserved specimens, we will work through some of the more easily identifiable families and species. There will also be an opportunity to use microscopes and keys to identify specimens caught during a field trip.
Know before you go
Please contact organiser in advance if you have accessibility requirements
What to bring
Outdoor clothing and footwear (including waterproofs)
Packed lunch and drink (hot refreshments will be available)
Pen and notepad