An introduction to London's rivers
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital, London's wildlife discovery service and also works for two urban environmental education charities.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS099
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
London’s rivers provide a wildlife corridor through 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. This course provides an introduction to the Thames and its tributaries; discover their geography, history and current significance for wildlife.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The history of settlement in London and how this altered the river environment
- Current challenges for London’s rivers and some initiatives to improve river health
- Tides on the Thames
- River invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Enjoy a wider appreciation and understanding of the wildlife that flourishes in London’s rivers.
- Independently explore London’s waterways with increased awareness of their history, habitats and conservation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will
need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The main format will be an illustrated presentation, with some learning activities, discussion, questions and answers. There will be no work required outside of the class. Guidance to finding further information will be provided.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Handouts will be available in advance of the class to view, download and print from Google Classroom. A notepad or device for note taking would be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital and also works for two urban environmental education charities. She is often to be found wading in either the River Thames or Deptford Creek. Her favourite species is the Long-tailed Tit.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.