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Bishops Wood Field Study Centre, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9SE
West Midlands branch

One day workshop learning to identify different UK beetle families with microscopes

Do you know your Longhorns from your Leaf Beetles and Ladybirds?  What makes a Dung Beetle a Dung Beetle?  This one-day workshop will help you learn about the different UK beetle families and how to tell them apart.  Although the day will primarily be indoors using microscopes to examine preserved specimens, you should get a really good understanding of how to tell the different families apart, which will help you when encountering live beetles in the field.

The tutor for the course will be expert entomologist Don Stenhouse, and Field Studies Council Biolinks project officer, Charlie Bell, will be there to act as a facilitator. This workshop is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks project and is limited to 10 participants so tutors can give individual help.

We will be using low power microscopes for the majority of the day.  These are provided - but if participants prefers to bring and use their own that is possible. The workshop will mainly take place indoors, although may venture outdoors to look at how/where to find beetles. It is recommend that you wear casual clothes suitable for a short trip into the centre grounds, as well as waterproofs and suitable shoes. There is no kitchen at the centre, so participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch.


  • £5.00 for RSB members and non-members (16+)
Note: Participants must be 16 years or older in order to take part in this event. Only in special circumstances may participants below the age of 16 be permitted.


To book this event please use the link at the top of the page. If the link is not visible the event is fully booked. If you wish to join a waiting list, please contact
Please note: Refunds are available to those wishing to cancel their booking, provided it is done so within two weeks of the event date.


The venue is Bishops Wood Field Study Centre, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9SE between Kidderminster and Worcester, a short distance from the M5. Directions are available on the Field Studies Council website.


The venue is wheelchair accessible, though hearing loops are not available at the venue.


If you have any event queries please contact event organiser Sue Howarth at
If you have any booking or website enquiries please contact Karen Patel at or 020 3925 3444.

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