Spider & Scorpion Identification Course

Saturday 9th July 2022, 9am to 12pm, Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Date 9th July 2022

Time 9am to 12pm.

Bookings Online bookings on Quicket.  This course is not suitable for children under 13 years of age. 

  • Children (8 to 12 years) R275
  • Adult (13 to 64 years) R345
  • Pensioners (65 and wiser) R305

Magnifying loupes available for use as part of the course. If you wish to buy your own, then are available for purchase on booking at R140 each. Loupes will also be available on the day for purchase. A card machine is available.


This 3 hour course offers vital understanding for everyone who wishes to increase their spider and scorpion identification skills, which in turn will improve their first response for spider bites and scorpion stings. This course offers the most comprehensive and identification guide available, by focusing upon the following aspects of spiders and scorpions:

  • Introduction
  • Classification
  • Anatomy
  • Identification
  • General Size & Shape
  • Colouration & Anatomy
  • Behaviour
  • Distribution & Shelter

Suitable for over 13 years of age. The course includes the following:

  • In field lectures. 
  • A copy of the Spider & Scorpion Identification Guide.
  • Writing equipment.
  • Certificate of participation will be emailed to participants after the event. 
  • Shared loupes are provided. If you have a loupe, please bring it along. Loupes are available for purchase on the day.

This short course is ideal for:

  • Field Guides.
  • Conservation students.
  • General public. 

The contents of this course are aligned to the Unit Standards as required by FGASA for the Apprentice Field Guide Qualification. This course provides the foundations for the Spider and Scorpion First Aid Course and Essential First Responder Seminars.

This course includes 84 page Spider & Scorpions Identification Guide, pen and certificate.

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Jonathan Leeming

Jonathan Leeming is a best selling author, international speaker and award winning conservationist. He has written 9 books (Scorpions of southern Africa, Scorpions of Sabi Sands, Spider & Scorpion Risk Assessment, Venomous Animal General Awareness, Risk Assessment & First Aid, Antivenom Management, General Awareness, First Aid Guide To Spider Bites & Scorpion Stings). 

He consults for the Poison Information Helpline, various organisations and speaks at medical conferences on the subject of envenomation.  Jonathan brings a fresh and unique insight into the subject of venomous animals and their bites and stings.
Jonathan is a proud recipient of a 2020 Eco-Logic Environmental award for his One World Book and associated presentations, workshops, activities and free resources.

If you run an organisation or community group and would like an event, then email me on info@JonathanLeeming.com I offer generous discounts for community groups, and can arrange an event at your venue, or arrange a venue. Events are priced according to your budget and requirements. 

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