What is the course about?
The impacts of a warming planet are being felt all over the world. From insects to birds and oceans to forests, no creatures or habitats are safe from climate change. Some of this change is obvious: in 2020 we’ve had some of the hottest and wettest days on record. Other changes are subtle – like the gradual early movement of spring – but they still have a dramatic impact on the natural world. In this course we’ll explore the ‘climate change canaries’ – those species which offer a warning that the planet is changing – and learn how climate change is impacting the wildlife around us.
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?
We’ll look at the impacts of climate change on habitats and wildlife in the UK, as well as focus in on specific examples of species which can act as an early warning sign for climate change.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of this course you will have a better understanding of how climate change is impacting native wildlife and habitats. You’ll be able to give some examples of species which can act as ‘climate change canaries’.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is introductory and does not require any previous studies on the topic. A very basic understanding of climate change would be an advantage but more important is an enthusiasm for the natural world and curiosity about how and why our planet is changing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught online using a combination of lecture and seminar elements. There is no work required outside of the lessons.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may wish to bring pen and paper for your notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the science and nature section on the website for more courses on climate change and the animal kingdom.