Explore a world in miniature

Friday 8th April 2016

Solitary wasp (c) Martin Skirrow)Solitary wasp (c) Martin Skirrow)

Local experts are hosting an evening to help wildlife-lovers explore the small things in life.

Looking down a microscopeLifelong naturalists and members of the Worcestershire Recorders, Harry Green and Martin Skirrow, are leading the first of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s wildlife discovery courses on Tuesday 19th April. The evening will help people get to grips with using microscopes for looking at the fascinating world of wildlife that’s usually beyond our everyday vision.

Hannah Thomas, who is organising the event, explained “The Trust’s courses offer a great opportunity for people to enjoy discovering wildlife. We’re kicking off this year’s programme with the return of a popular course looking at microscopes and the amazing world they can open up.

“Many people think that microscopes are just for white-coated experts in laboratories but they’re actually a route into a miniature universe – and anybody can use one.”

Transforming your world

Water beetle larva (c) Martin SkirrowThe evening workshop will show participants how to set up and use a microscope - looking at the importance of lighting and the suitability of different microscopes for individual needs.

Harry and Martin will also help participants to use identification keys to help distinguish between different species of wildlife as well as suggest useful websites to help participants to take forward their interest.

Hannah continued “Using microscopes has the potential to transform someone’s appreciation of the natural world. When we use them in our education work, children are astounded at what they see – this is a chance for adults to get in on the action too.

“Places on all our courses are limited because we want people to have a really good experience - asking questions and discovering the wonders of our natural world in an informal and friendly environment.

“No prior experience is necessary – this really is a chance to tap into the vast knowledge of our experts to develop personal knowledge, skills and interests.”

Other courses running throughout the year include Wildflower Identification, Bees for Beginners, Water Voles, Moths, Heathland Wildlife and Centipedes and Millipedes for Beginners. Courses take place across the county.

The Discovering Microscopes evening will take place on Tuesday 19th April from 6.30pm until 9pm and costs £15.00 per person. Booking is essential and can be made by calling 01905 754919 or emailing Hannah.

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