Introduction to Invertebrate Keeping for Beginners


A short course with both a presentation to go through the theory of invertebrate keeping and practical experience with invertebrate handling.


Session Outline

This course will start with a walk through our invertebrate collection, followed by a introduction to keeping invertebrates and the key elements to look out when caring for them such as moulting, feeding and enclosure design for half an hour. There will then be a short break and refreshments in the middle which will include teas, coffees, hot chocolate and biscuits. This will then be followed by 45 minute presentation on the four most commonly kept invertebrate groups, stick insects, snails, cockroaches and tarantulas. Followed by a short refreshment break of teas, coffees, hot chocolates and biscuits. Then we will have a practical session designing and creating your own enclosures for one of the chosen groups of your choice.

There will be opportunity to purchase a set up and stick insects on the day, please email in advance if you would be interested in this.

Session Date and time

13th of February


Session Price

£6 per participant

Ages 16 and above

Directions and Parking

This event takes place in the Darwin Room of the nature center BEECHE. To access the room go round to the back of the building and down the boardwalk on your left.

Buses that pass near the centre are the R8 and the 358 (a short walk from Farnborough).

The main car park at High Elms is located on High Elms Road (near Shire Lane). You can follow the Brown Highway signs for High Elms Country Park.

The main car park can get very busy. If it is full there is another unsurfaced carpark called Cuckoo Wood car park a mile down High Elms Road towards Downe – you can walk back through High Elms Country Park towards the centre but bear in mind this walk does take around 30 minutes.

Blue badge parking is available in front of BEECHE. To access this please access the park using the entrance off Shire Lane which is marked for deliveries and staff. At the cross roads turn left up the slope and you will see the BEECHE building at the top of the slope. Please be aware this entrance and car park is only for Blue Badge holders.

Other Information

The session will take place inside and outside. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for all weathers. For more information contact the BEECHE office on 01689860571 or email



Additional information


13th of February