Walking London's heaths and commons

Course Dates: 15/09/23 - 06/10/23
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the wildlife, habitats and history of London’s heaths and commons during this relaxed walking programme. First session at City Lit followed by three guided walks.
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Course Code: HS274

Full Fri, day, 15 Sep - 06 Oct '23

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course provides an introduction to London’s heaths and commons followed by three guided nature walks in Mitcham Common, Hampstead Heath and Wimbledon Common.

What will we cover?

• What is a heath? What is a common?
• A social and environmental history of London’s heaths and commons
• Conservation of London’s heaths and commons today
• Recognising different habitat types
• Identification and ecology of common/heathland:
- Mammals
- Birds
- Reptiles
- Invertebrates
- Trees
- Plants
- Fungi and lichen
• Going further / getting involved.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Outline the historic factors which led to the heaths and commons we see in London today
• Recognise a range of habitat types found within heaths and commons
• Identify a number of common/heathland birds and plants through direct observation
• Walk through London’s heaths and commons with increased awareness and enjoyment, noticing and being able to describe the wildlife they sustain.

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 participate fully in discussions. You will also need to be mobile enough to complete a leisurely 2-hour walk, sometimes along rough paths.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The first session will be an introduction at City Lit and will include tutor presentation and group tasks. The following 3 sessions will take place at outdoor locations and will include observation and identification of wildlife, group discussion and questions and answers. The walks will be gentle and not more than 2 miles. The locations for the walks are Mitcham Common, Hampstead Heath and Wimbledon Common (although may be subject to change of site, or alteration in order).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to cover the cost of your transport to the meeting places for the walks. Wear comfortable clothing for walking, including sturdy footwear. Consider the weather on the day and bring a waterproof coat if required. Feel free to bring binoculars or a camera if you wish, but these are not required.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For othe Nature courses please check te City Lit website: Science & Nature.

Brenna Boyle

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.