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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Introduction to Freshwater Habitats and Ecology at Epping Forest

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 09:45 to 16:00

Epping Forest is home to over 100 temporary and permanent ponds supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to water fowl. This course will provide a basic introduction to freshwater pond habitats for beginners with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates. Aquatic plants and freshwater vertebrates will be touched on and the conservation status of ponds discussed briefly.

This will be a practical course with ample opportunity to sample and identify specimens from several different ponds.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have an awareness of a wide variety of freshwater life.
  • Be confident using a key to identify freshwater invertebrates.
  • Know how to sample freshwater ponds.
  • Understand the challenges facing freshwater life in the UK.

The course runs from 09.45 to 16.00 and price includes a free FSC guide Freshwater Name Trail.

About the Tutor:

Charlotte Evetts, currently an education officer of The Royal Parks and sessional tutor for The Earth Trust, is a former member of the teaching team at FSC Epping Forest with specialist interest in biology. A graduate of Oxford University, Charlotte previously led groups for the National Trusts' Cherryburn and Box Hill sites.


  • 09:45 – Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 – Introduction 10:30 – Field session: introduction to sampling in freshwater ponds
  • 11:15 – Identification and adaptations workshop
  • 12:00 – Lunch – please bring a packed lunch.
  • 13:00 – Field session: comparing ponds
  • 15:00 - Status of ponds in the UK and what we can do to help
  • 15:30 – Discussion and summary
  • 16:00 – Course ends

Disclaimer: All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to Bring:

  • Essential - Weather-appropriate outdoor clothing. A Packed lunch.
  • Recommended: Suncream Insect repellent

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for beginners

Cost details

Adult £35

Register in Advance

To attend this event please register in advance.


The day has a classroom session but the remainder (majority) is spent in the field walking through uneven woodland terrain in parts.

Did you know?


Magicicada are periodical cicada species, individuals of each population emerge at the same time every 13 or 17 years.

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