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Entomology: The Larger Insects of Wales

  • Entomology: The Larger insects of WalesEntomology: The Larger insects of Wales

    Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018.
    Course starts at 10am. Course fee £120, Concessions £100. Please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 621 580 before booking accommodation at CAT.
    Full board accommodation at Cat £118.

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The mainly field-based sessions will focus on observing and identifying large insects such as butterflies, dragonflies, moths and beetles.

Practical methods of capturing and handling specimens found in various habitats around the venue will be tried.

This will include using pit-fall traps for those that crawl, beating and sweep-nets and hopefully light trapping for night fliers.

These insects are large enough to have plenty of features that can be easily seen with the naked eye and their behaviour can be readily observed.

You will be guided to develop the observation skills and knowledge to enable you to identify many of these larger insects.

As an important component of a healthy food web, the state of these insect populations is an early indicator of environmental change.

The background knowledge and skills gained here are essential for attempting insect surveys and monitoring programmes which underpin management of wildlife habitats.

This course introduces students to the larger insects through workshops, field-work and practical hands-on experience.

The focus will be on how to use observation skills to identify key features and utilise keys to identify insect groups and species.

Some emphasis will be places on those groups/species which are used as indicators in monitoring habitats.

It provides an important component of animal taxonomy and gives students the opportunity to observe insects within their natural habitats.


• Insect morphology and structure for field biologists.
• Introduction to terminology and the use of a glossary – familiarisation with some of the common terminology in entomology.
• Using identification guides – the range of publications available and which is most appropriate to use in different circumstances.
• Key features of specific families.
• Insects as indicator species.
• Identification of insects in context – a series of field trips to identify insects in a range of local habitats.
• Keeping a field notebook and recording observations.

More information on Aberystwyth School of Lifelong Learning

The University of Aberystwyth School of Education and Lifelong Learning aims to offer a range of accredited (intensive) courses at CAT to enable students to gain a Higher Education Certificate in Field Ecology.

The Certificates would take a minimum of two to three years to complete. Gaining the Certificate would enable you to become a competent field ecologist, able to plan and undertake field survey work and identify key species. These are useful skills that are in high demand for many environmental and conservation jobs.

The core courses of this Certificate cover general ecology, the diversity of plants and animals and plant identification.
There are also many key and optional courses to choose from involving the identification, habitat and general ecology of a range of groups: invertebrates, mammals, bats, mosses, lichens, grasses, flowering plants, birds, pond life and many more.

Individual courses can be built up in to the Certificate of Field Ecology.

If you are interested in working towards this Certificate, more information, help or advice is available from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning Aberystwyth University, telephone Paula Hughes 01970 62 2682 (mornings only) .

You do not need a scientific background to succeed.

For more information on taking this course as part of a field certificate through Aberystwyth School of Lifelong Learning Click here
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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

Please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University on 01970 621 580 before booking full board accommodation at CAT.

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