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FBA Training Courses

Join the specialists and discover freshwater plants and animals. Participate in our training days and learn to identify and understand freshwater life. 

The FBA offers a range of courses specially developed for enthusiasts and professionals.

These courses aim to equip you with the skills and experience to sample and identify freshwater organisms, as well as field and laboratory experience.  

All scientific equipment is provided and participants will use FBA specialist identification keys and guides as well as other relevant literature. 

FBA members receive discounts on course fees, see our 2020 programme for details. Membership of our freshwater community starts from £20.00 for a student or £41.00 for an individual. Join now to support freshwater science, receive membership benefits and discount on FBA courses, events and services.

The FBA has over 75 years of experience in research and education so you can be assured of the best possible level of teaching and quality of information. Except where stated, these courses will take place at the FBA's sites on Windermere and the River Frome in Dorset with full access to scientific equipment and fieldwork locations.

Choose your course

Download our 2020 course programme

A list of courses which we have offered in previous years but do not have a scheduled date this year can be found below:

Identifying Aquatic Beetles

The Chironomid Pupal Exuvial Technique (CPET)

Subterranean Fauna

To register your interest in one of these courses please email

For more information and to discuss bespoke options, email or call us on (0)1539 442468.


Early bird rates apply to fees paid at least eight weeks before the start of the course (Check the course programme for those that apply).

See the course listings in our programme for booking discounts for FBA members.

Book your place

If you are interested in attending one of our courses, please download a booking form. This can be returned by post to the address shown below or emailed to us at

Call our events team on (0)1539 442468 if you have any questions.

If sending the form by email, you should omit credit card details for security reasons, and phone these through separately, as we cannot guarantee a secure connection.

Training Courses
The Freshwater Biological Association
The Ferry Landing
Far Sawrey
LA22 0LP

For travel information and directions to our sites, please click here

While every effort will be made to operate the courses as advertised, it may be necessary to alter or cancel courses due to unforeseen circumstances. Please see the booking form for complete terms and conditions. Please note that courses will only run subject to sufficient participant uptake.

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