Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology, London
Bushy Park is home to a network of ponds and streams supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. This course will provide an introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field. This will be a practical course with ample opportunity to sample and identify specimens from several different ponds. By the end of the course participants will:
- Have an awareness of a wide variety of freshwater life.
- Be confident using a key to identify freshwater invertebrates.
- Know how to safely sample freshwater ponds.
- Understand the challenges facing freshwater life in the UK and how to submit records
- Have a good understanding of how to best maintain ponds for wildlife
Course Fee includes: FSC guide Freshwater Name Trail.
“Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.”
About the tutor:
Maaike Milligan is a Senior Tutor with the Field Studies Council. She has an MSc in Aquatic Ecology and specialises in freshwater macroinvertebrates. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has worked on a wide range of research projects. She is also a qualified Biology Teacher.
- 09:45 – Registration and refreshments
- 10:00 – Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates
- 10:30 – Field session: introduction to sampling freshwater ponds
- 11:15 – Field Identification of Freshwater Invertebrates
- 12:00 – Lunch – please bring a packed lunch.
- 13:00 – Field session: assessing the health of freshwater ponds using BMWP (Biological Monitoring Working Party)
- 15:00 – The ecological status and importance of freshwater habitats in the UK – what we can do to help our own pond habitats.
- 15:30 – Discussion and summary
- 16:00 – Course ends
All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.
What to Bring:
- Weather-appropriate outdoor clothing
- a packed lunch
Health and Safety and Accessibility
- There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
- If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
- Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.
- Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground
Meeting point / Location
The Stockyard, Bushy Park.
FSC in Bushy Park
FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park. Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park’s mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.