Nature Conservation Lewisham

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How to be a curious entomologist

How to be a Curious Entomologist

Insects are everywhere. They are so many, and so varied — fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of life on Earth, and give us a powerful insight of the workings of the natural world. But their small size means they can easily be overlooked or ignored. However it doesn’t take much specialist equipment to have a closer look.

Using simple methods and materials provided, this 1-day workshop will look at techniques to find and observe a wide variety of different insects, then how to preserve sample specimens for examination under the microscope.

In the morning, we’ll tour the reserve, finding and discussing the many different insect groups — looking at their structure, behaviour, life histories, and some easy identification pointers. In the afternoon, during the laboratory session, there will be the opportunity to look at some in more detail, and consider how studying insects can contribute to our understanding of nature, and the contribution it can make through citizen science.

Curious? Why curious? Entomologists might, at first, seem a bit eccentric, but they pursue their study of the natural world with a passion fuelled by curiosity.

Richard Jones is an acclaimed expert entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a former President of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. He writes regularly for BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and Sunday Times. He has written several books on insects, including Extreme Insects, The Little Book of Nits, House Guests — House Pests, and Call of Nature — The Secret Life of Dung.

  • 86% of participants of this course in 2016 evaluated it as excellent & 14% as good
  • 76% said it was excellent value for money and 24% said they would have happily paid more than £35 for the experience.
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A call to arms – Devonshire Road 24 September 11am

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Building steps in Hither green Triangle

The Friends of Devonshire Road are looking for help to finish building steps in the nature reserve.  They will be starting at 11am, but if you can’t make it until later, there is plenty to do, so your help would still be welcomed!  Please email if you think you can help and I will pass on your details to the team.


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Halloween at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve

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Halloween at Devonshire Road

The Friends of Devonshire Road are looking for volunteers to help with Halloween at the reserve, both on the day and before (posters, baking etc.). The last two or three years have seen this becoming a really popular event, they get up to 200 people now, so they need plenty of helpers on the night. Drop us an e-mail with your details and how you can help if you are interested and I will pass on your details.