Identifying and Recording Woodlice (Residential)

This three-day residential course incorporates everything you need to know to be able to accurately identify and record woodlice to species.

With a mix of classroom presentations, laboratory-based sessions, and field-based activities our expert tutor will guide you through the lifestyles, ecology, and morphology of UK woodlice. Attendees will be provided with detailed information on sampling equipment and techniques with practical hands-on opportunities to collect live specimens.

Attendees will use preserved specimens from our tutor’s teaching collection for identification to species-level using microscopes and identification keys; and our tutors will demonstrate best-practices for curation of a reference collection.

Information on invertebrate recording, submitting records and connecting with schemes, societies and groups will also be provided.

  • Certificate upon course completion.
  • Access to microscopes, specimen collection, lab equipment, field equipment and identification resources.
  • Tuition from tutor specialising in woodlice.
  • Please email if you have any questions.
  • Please note that this course will involve using specimens that have been killed and preserved

By the end of this course, you will:

  • have a grounding in Britain’s woodlice taxonomy and ecology
  • be able to use external (morphological) features for specimen identification
  • have used various collecting techniques for a variety of habitats and species
  • gain practical experience using field guides and identification keys to determine specimens accurately to species-level
  • gain practical experience observing woodlice ID features using a microscope
  • know how to curate your own personal reference collection
  • be given guidance on how to take your interest further and contribute associated recording schemes

How to Apply

Course Fees

Resident (Sole Occupancy)     £50.00

Course fees are subsidised by the FSC BioLinks project. Accommodation, meals and all course-related materials are included.

Please refer to our website for more information and to book:

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Key Information

Start date:

18th February 2022 at 6:00pm




FSC BioLinks




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


FSC Preston Montford, United Kingdom

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