Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018 (and 1 other date) Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
This overview course will look at the history, science and philosophical questions behind the rapid and astonishing developments in this field. From chatbots to medical diagnosis machines, what challenges and promises does this technology offer to society?
Wetlands are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. Discover the habitat, wildlife and history of London’s wetlands with zoologist Brenna Boyle. Introductory session at City Lit followed by fieldtrips to the London Wetland Centre (Barnes) and RSPB Rainham Marshes (Thurrock), Additional entry fees for two sites approx £17 in total, concessions may apply.
With over 1,500 species of flowering plant, 350 birds and 1,300 sites of importance for nature, London is home to an impressive array of wildlife. This short taster course will immerse you in the natural world as you explore the life histories of London’s wilder residents. Prepare to be surprised by what you may discover in our city.
Explore the Arctic environment, discover its natural wonders and encounter animals and plants equipped with fascinating adaptations for life in the cold. From the ethereal beauty of the Aurora Borealis to the endurance and power of a Polar Bear, this is a land of wonder. Join zoologist and subarctic hiker Brenna Boyle for a journey to the far North.
Discover the astonishing lifecycle of swifts. Develop identification skills and learn about the vital link between architecture, building methods, planning regulations and swift conservation, plus practical ways to help them. Run in partnership with the RSPB Central London Local Group. The first session is at City Lit, the second session is a central London field trip to observe swifts and their nesting sites. Further details will be given by the tutors at the first session.
Step into the enthralling world of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). Discover their remarkable diversity, ecology and conservation. Learn how to take part in the Big Butterfly Count this summer and do your bit for monitoring wildlife!
London’s rivers provide a wildlife highway into the city and support a huge array of life, from eels to kingfishers. The Thames has transformed since the 'great stink' of 1858, and is now one of the cleanest city rivers in the world. Come to this relaxed walking programme and explore the wildlife, ecology and history of London’s rivers. First session at City Lit, followed by 3 offsite walks of approximately 2 hours.
Birdsong, wildflowers, butterflies and bees are among the highlights of spring. It’s the season of peak activity in the natural world. Discover more on this engaging course including four field-trips within London. Two evening classroom sessions (19.40-21.40) followed by four Saturday morning (11am - 1pm) off-site sessions.
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