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Free Biodiversity training in Tower Hamlets

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Free training in Tower Hamlets

This might not be in our Borough, but I thought that some of you might be interested in this free training being offered by Tower Hamlets.

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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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How to be a curious Entomologist – Or free bug training!

A one day introductory course offering the opportunity to learn the simple techniques of finding a wide variety of insects, collecting, examining, selecting sample specimens to be killed and preserved for future reference and identification.

Curious, Entomologist?

You will learn the simple techniques of finding a wide variety of insects, collecting, examining, selecting sample specimens to be killed and preserved for future reference and identification. Led by Richard Jones who is a nationally acclaimed entomologist, a former president of the British Entomological and Natural History Society, This course is aimed at anyone with an interest who wants to expand their knowledge base. It offers hands-on experience of the best ways to find and capture insects, how (and why) to start a collection and how to go about researching and identifying finds.

Places are filling up fast, but we still have some spaces on 29th July 9.30-4pm and 13th October 9.30-4pm.  If you are interested please email Nick Pond or call him on 020 8314 2007.


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New events at Grow Mayow

Grow Mayow has some exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so why not pop along and give them a hand.  If you are unable to attend these, they also run a number of regular events at the weekends for young and old.  Get you children involved in a number of training courses from a Forest School to Permaculture!

Get involved with Grow Mayow!


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From Spade to Plate

A FREE beginners workshop at Grow Mayow Community Garden

Organic Vegetable Gardening:

  • Planting, growing, propagating, and caring for plants.
  • Do you want to start a vegetable garden but you don’t know how?
  • Not sure which plants will grow well together?
  • What do these plants need in order to produce well?

This workshop is all you need to know from spade to plate!

Every Wednesday for 6 weeks

Starts Wednesday 2nd February 11am-2pm for 6 weeks

BOOKING ESSENTIAL, please contact Grow Mayow

For more information visit the Grow Mayow Blog