A Dragonfly larvae I.D. course with Henry Curry at National Trust Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. Aimed at beginners, this course will start with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the their place in the dragonfly life-cycle. Indoor practical sessions will focus on the identification of cast skins (exuviae). Depending on the weather, we’ll go out onto the Fen and look at the dipping ponds and practice identification in the field.
Pre-booking is essential, please contact Henry Curry to book.
Bring a packed lunch, or eat at the National Trust cafe.
Sturdy footwear - perhaps wellies/walking boots if it has been wet - and waterproofs as we will be briefly venturing out on to the Fen.
Total walking will be no more than 1km. Identification guides, hand lens if you have one. We'll provide some microscopes. (Note: There is a car park charge for non-NT members.)
For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available to purchase on the day.
Photo: Southern Hawker larva by Christophe Brochard.
Please report to the education building, just behind the cafe at Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP
Start 10:00am. Finish 16:00pm.
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