Habitats, Ecology & the natural world

Habitats, Ecology & Conservation Courses in London

Discover the greener side to city life on our London walks and courses and learn about the efforts to protect endangered species around the world.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Introduction to tree identification
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Dual Mode (Online or In Person)

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    This practical course is ideal for those new to trees and provides a good introduction to the enthusiast. Get to know



    the clues to look for when identifying trees, plus which books and guide sheets are helpful.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  2. Natural history walks in autumn
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Glorious autumnal colours, fascinating fungi, migrating birds and the deer rut are just some of the natural history spectacles of autumn. Discover more through one introductory online session followed by four gentle, guided nature walks at a range of sites within London.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
  3. Trees in winter
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Do you want to get to know some of the fabulous trees in Regent’s Park? These two guided Tree Walks in Regent’s Park are ideal for the tree enthusiast with an introduction to this absorbing activity.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  4. Climate change: a brief introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    We hear and read about climate change every day. Combining lecture and seminar elements, this short introductory course will explore the history and basics of the climate changes most climate scientists agree are taking place (session 1) as well as engage in a discussion about how these manifest themselves in global challenges and humanity’s responses to these against the backdrop of global politics (session 2).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £25.00
  5. Heaven and hell in world religions
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Compare and contrast the afterlife beliefs of the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Explore how these ideas developed and influenced each other.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
  6. Introducing plants
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    We will explore the theme 'All life depends on plants' looking at examples of food, medicine, ornamental and economic plants with everyday named examples of why plants matter.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  7. Introduction to botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    A practical course ideal for those who are new to ‘in the field’ botany. Observation of the range of places plants grow



    and how they are categorised into groups will be our focus.



    Explore plant names and get to know more about the diversity and range from tiny ground hugging plants to huge trees.



    Three Saturday sessions, meeting at City lit in the morning and a local botany walk in the afternoon.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  8. An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of birds. This short course has a broad scope: from evolution and global diversity to bird behaviour and song. Learn identification techniques in the classroom, then try out your skills during three guided fieldtrips to London locations.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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  9. Bird identification by sight and song
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Verity Miles
    Sometimes we hear birds before we see them. Find out more about identifying birds by sound as well as sight. Refresh your knowledge of the natural history of birds and what to look for to distinguish different species by sight, song and behaviour.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  10. Natural history journaling
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Natural history journaling is the insightful and relaxing process of closely observing and recording nature. There are no fixed rules to creating a journal; you could choose to write, draw, photograph or film the nature you encounter. No experience or skills are needed, just come along and try it out. This course promises enjoyment, relaxation, ecological learning and immersion in nature.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  11. More botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    This course looks more closely at plants noticing changes in early summer how they are grouped and named. The course includes afternoon walks to Lincoln’s Inn Fields to observe the plants there.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  12. Trees in summer
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    Two tree identification walks in Regent’s Park looking at common trees while focussing on bark, twigs, leaves, outline, seeds and fruits aiming to give you the confidence to get to know trees better.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00

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