An Introduction to Springtails (12/05/2019) Sunday, 12th May 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Springtails are everywhere! Mostly encountered in soil, leaf litter and mossy banks, they also occur on trees, under bark and in the canopy, as well as in bogs, ant nests, caves, on ponds, and even inter-tidal habitats. And they are incredibly abundant; a square metre of soil in British woodland or grassland may contain tens of thousands of individuals. Yet they are one of our most under-recorded groups.
Ranging from just 0.25-6mm it’s no wonder that these tiny animals are overlooked. Subtle morphological differences must be used to determine an identification microscopically, though this is now more readily achievable since the publication of the key to the British and Irish species.
This course introduces you to the amazing world of the Collembola. Brad Scott will give us an illustrated introduction to Springtails before we head out into Woods Mill to look for them. We will bring specimens back to the classroom where we will examine them and try to identify them under the microscope.
The Classroom, Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9SD