Hand lenses and microscopes

Given that many species of mollusc are relatively small being able to examine them closely is essential both within the field and at home.

Hand lens

There are now a range of hand lenses on the market, Generally a X8 and X16 are most useful in the field and the ability to attach a lanyard is useful to allow it to be carried around your neck. Particularly if working in a marine environment it is worth ensuring the casing is stainless steel or at least something that will not be subject to corrosion.



A relatively low magnification (e.g. up to about X50) stereo microscope is ideal both for sorting samples at home and examining smaller specimens.


  • Brunel Microscopes Ltd, Unit 12, Enterprise Centre, Bumpers Way, Bumpers Industrial Estate, CHIPPENHAM. Wilts SNI4 6QA; Tel. 01249 462655; a good range of microscopes and accessories.
  • Meiji Techno UK Ltd. Hillside, AXBRIDGE, Somerset BS26 2AN. Tel +44 (0)1934 733 655, Fax +44 (0) 1934 733660.