Freshwater Invertebrates

Spend an enjoyable day learning about the diverse range of invertebrate species living in our ponds and waterways.  Your tutor, Ben Siggery, will spend time discussing the life cycles, anatomy and adaptations of many invertebrates found locally.  He will then delve into identification and collection techniques before touching on the academic uses of the data found.

You will then have an opportunity to dip for species in a pond at Nower Wood and view them under a video microscope, giving you an opportunity to test your newly obtained  knowledge. After lunch we will drive a very short distance to a local nature reserve where you will learn to kick sample in a shallow riverbed.  The collected invertebrates will be viewed, identified and safely returned to their native habitat.

There will be some walking on uneven ground and standing in slow flowing water.

Tutor Profile – Ben Siggery

Ben is a passionate freshwater ecologist who specialises in aquatic plants and invertebrates. He began as an Education Volunteer in 2014, but has now worked for the Surrey Wildlife Trust since 2016 as an Education Officer and has recently taken on a further role as an Assistant GIS Analyst contributing to various projects within the Trust.  Ben has designed a new educational programme, as part of his role as an Education Officer, to introduce GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and to inspire the next generation of environmental scientists.

Ben has recently acquired an MSc in Aquatic Science from University College London, extending his 1st Class Honours BSc in Environmental Geography. During his time at UCL, Ben specialised in freshwater conservation as well as studying Environmental GIS and the role of paleoecology in conservation. He continues to work closely with academic staff with the aim of publishing the findings of his MSc Thesis, which focused on the benefits of pond restoration to biodiversity, through the study of aquatic plants and beetles.

In his spare time, Ben puts on his waders and assists with the Trust’s RiverSearch and wetland projects, conducting habitat and botanical surveys. Ben continues to develop his role within the Trust, using his vast range of knowledge and experience to help the state of nature in Surrey.

How to Apply

Freshwater Invertebrates

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Key Information

Start date:

23rd August 2022 at 10:00am


members £45, non-members £57


Surrey Wildlife Trust




Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Workshop & Practical Skills


Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, United Kingdom

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