Submitted by AJ Cann on Wed, 13/06/2018 - 06:42
    Copse Snail

    An opportunity to improve your skills and a discount for NatureSpot members! More...

    There are 130 known mollusc species in Leicestershire and Rutland, not too many to be overwhelming but enough to provide an I.D. challenge. Molluscs are a fascinating but relatively unrecorded group so you could make a valuable contribution to our knowledge about the numbers and distribution of many species. This workshop will help to develop your mollusc identification skills both in the field and in the classroom using a stereo microscope. The course will look at slugs, land snails and aquatic snails. Suitable for both beginners and those wanting to extend their skills and knowledge. Participants are welcome to bring in live specimens as well as found shells. The day will comprise an introduction to molluscs, a brief overview of species found in VC55 and lots of hands-on learning and practice, using the stereo microscopes at the University Botanic Gardens. A short field trip around the gardens will also be included to hunt for resident species. 

    30th June 2018, 9.30am - 4pm, University of Leicester Botanic Gardens. 

    There is a charge for this day long course but we have agreed with the University the NatureSpot members can get the same 10% discount as Wildlife Trust members - you can claim this when you book your place:

    https://shop.le.ac.uk/short-courses/courses-and-course-essentials/botanic-gardens/mollusc-identification-workshop