Invertebrate Identification for Biotic Assessment (Advanced, Accredited)

This course is aimed at professionals with experience in freshwater invertebrate identification. It is an accredited course and includes an examination.

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Skill Level:



This three day course covers the identification of the freshwater macroinvertebrate families used for biotic assessment (BMWP, WHPT, LIFE and PSI).

At the end of the course, participants will be examined on their identification skills and, if the required standard is attained, a certificate of achievement in family- level invertebrate identification will be awarded. This course is part of a series of FBA accredited invertebrate identification courses; future courses will allow participants to demonstrate their skills in taking individual groups of invertebrates to species level. This course is entirely lab based. The tutor for the course, John Davy-Bowker is a knowledgeable freshwater biologist with considerable research and teaching experience. Lunch is provided for the duration of the course. 


3rd - 5th November 2021


Castlehead FSC,


John Davy-Bowker


FBA Members Price: £607
Early Bird Price: £642
Regular Price (from October 1st): £675 

Affordable Accommodation: 
We have reserved accommodation for participants at YMCA North Camp for the night before the course and the following two nights at £40.00 per night for a twin room. Each room has its own en-suite and access to a small kitchenette with a fridge, kettle, toaster etc. Accommodation at the YMCA is available on a first come, first served basis as there are only 9 twin rooms available. If you would like to reserve affordable accommodation for the duration the course, please notify us at the time of booking and we will make the necessary arrangements.

11/3/2021 9:00 AM - 11/5/2021 5:00 PM
GMT Standard Time
Castlehead FSC Field Studies Council Castlehead Field Centre GRANGE-OVER-SANDS, LA11 6QT UNITED KINGDOM

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Early bird rates apply to fees paid at least eight weeks before the start of the course. Please note that only one discount can be applied at any one time. 

Courses may be altered or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, and will only run subject to sufficient participant uptake.